About Us

K9 Elements is the realization of dreams for John Alex Vespa and Melissa Naval.  Being avid animal lovers and having a genuine concern for the welfare of dogs, John Alex and Melissa attended the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers seeking more knowledge within the field of canine behavior and dog training.  Following their encounter in 2007 at the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers, they joined forces to improve the mental and physical well-being of dogs and their families.

John Alex Vespa, Certified Professional Trainer
Certified Master Trainer, John Alex Vespa

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John Alex, Certified Professional Trainer and co-owner of K9 Elements, began his training career in Rochester, NY.  Pursuing his love of dogs, his very first job was as kennel staff at a local dog resort.  He continued to work his way up and eventually began training.  He went on to apprentice with a local professional trainer and gained hands-on, practical experience.  After contemplating a different career path, he decided that working with dogs was his passion.  John Alex succeeded in obtaining Professional Trainer certification from the internationally recognized National K-9 Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, with certifications in the fields of Obedience, Tracking, Scent Detection, Personal Protection, Retrieval, and Assistance Dog Training.

John Alex is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, the National K9 Dog Trainers Association, and is an AKC CGC® Approved Evaluator.


Melissa Naval, Certified Professional Trainer
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Melissa Naval, Certified Professional Trainer and co-owner of K9 Elements, surrounded herself with pets as a child, including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, birds, fish, and turtles.  Always passionate about all animals, she specifically felt a bond with dogs.  Although on a different career path at one point, she stayed close to dogs, whether it be by dog-sitting or fostering.  It wasn't until she rescued her dog Jade that she realized that working with dogs was her true calling.  Melissa succeeded in obtaining Professional Trainer certification from the internationally recognized National K-9 Learning Center in Columbus, Ohio, with certifications in the fields of Obedience, Tracking, Scent Detection, Personal Protection, Retrieval, and Assistance Dog Training.

Melissa had the pleasure of featuring her dog Jade on the Conan O'Brien show, as well as in the short film Sheltered by CineBex Productions.

Melissa is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, the National K9 Dog Trainers Association, and is an AKC CGC® Approved Evaluator.

Melissa is knowledgeable in the system of Canine Kinaesthetics™ and Canine Massage.


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