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McMillan Animal Behavior
Does your dog lunge and bark at other dogs? Does your cat avoid the litter box? Is your horse difficult to load onto the trailer? Does your shelter need help with defensive handling or behavior modification programs? McMillan Animal Behavior, located in Mars Hill, North Carolina, will help you with personalized training plans to help you and your animals live together harmoniously.

During COVID-19 quarantine, all sessions are now offered remotely, via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime, for the reduced price of $100 per hour, for dog, cat, horse and shelter consulting work.

Trish McMillan is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and an Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant. She trained and showed horses in a variety of disciplines for over a decade, and has been involved in the animal sheltering world for more than two decades.

Whether you’re looking for dog behavior consulting, help with cat or horse behavior problems, or clicker training for any of these species, we offer a variety of in-home, positive reinforcement based solutions. We will work with you and your animal friend. in your home, and each plan is tailored to fit your skills and your animal’s needs, and comes with phone and email access for troubleshooting between lessons.

Some clients are concerned that training their pet means they can’t have the sort of warm, loving relationship they desire. No worries – we will work only on the behavior that’s causing you problems. It is fine to allow your dogs on the furniture, or to give your horse treats if these activities aren’t causing issues.  If you don’t mind your cat walking on the counter, neither do we! Positive reinforcement training can strengthen your relationship with any of your animal friends.


“I have, and will continue to do so until I’m blue in the face, recommended Trish’s services to anyone I know who may be in need of some behavior help or training.  Trish is creative, thoughtful, and BRILLIANT!  Hiring Trish to help with Gulliver very likely saved his life  and our sanity.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you!” – Katie

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Katie and Gullliver – separation anxiety no more!