President and Founder
Michelle Delaney combined her lifelong passion for dogs and her 28 year career in the fire service as a Firefighter/EMT into a successful and rewarding business endeavor as the sole owner of Shelzsmide K9s, where she serves as training director, handler, breeder, and professional consultant. Michelle has successfully competed and titled in Conformation, Obedience, Schutzhund, and Search and Rescue, and has been training quality family pets for the past 15 years. Michelle is a devoted advocate for animal welfare and is the founder and president of Big Cypress German Shepherd rescue a non for profit 501 (c)3 founded in 2015, where she dedicates an extensive amount of time and personal resources addressing behavioral issues, malnutrition issues and assisting in rehabilitation of dogs so they may be adopted as quality, lifelong companions into their new fur-ever home. With her unique professional background in public service, she appreciates the value of canine team members. Knowing that all work and no play is a recipe for poor performance, she intuitively guides the training process with discipline and fun, bringing out the best in both human and canine components. No two working teams are exactly alike in what motivates them to excellence – just as no two home situations are exactly alike in the challenges and relationships that exist. Michelle utilizes multiple training techniques and an extensive knowledge of animal psychology to empower her clients to overcome any behavioral issues and develop harmonious relationships with their canine companions, whether they are working dogs, competition dogs, family pets or rescues dogs. Her ability to communicate with dogs enables her to reliably train, motivate, and achieve consistently high rates of success.Her professional affiliations include evaluator for AKC Canine Good Citizen, ABC -LT2, Pet Care technician (she is also a valued resource for pet care, health, and well-being issues.) She is a member of the National Search and Rescue Association (NASAR) and the North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA). She is a former member of of the Tracking Club of Central Florida. Held a Board of Directors for the Greater Naples Dog Club and as Treasurer for the Peace River Schutzhund Club.