About The Polished Pooch

The Polished Pooch, Collierville TN dog trainer, dog training
Our goal is to help you create a working relationship with your dog built on mutual trust and respect. Dogs are companion animals, and sharing your life with a dog should be a wonderfully enriching experience.
This is achieved when you are consistent and your companion is attentive, willing, and well balanced.

We consider several factors to help customized the right training plan for each family.  For example; temperament, genetics, age, sex, general health, history, and owner experience all play an important part in formulating the most effective training. These along with Meridith's training program, we then individualize a curriculum that addresses BOTH obedience and behavior concerns.

"My main focus is helping you bring out the best in your dog.
Therefore, my program includes, puppy training, adult dog training, behavioral training, and anxiety problem solving."

The Polished Pooch's History

At 25 years old, Meridith Caver Wilburn, wasn’t happy with any career paths she had toddled down, thus far. She went to school for pre-law and paralegal studies, worked as a business leasing/loan agent, a restaurant manger, and spokesperson for a corporate advertising company. She had even owned her on private riding stables where she taught years of horseback riding lessons to countless children.
From here, Meridith fell back on two things that seemed to come naturally since childhood, leadership and animals. 

In the summer of 2003, Meridith began working at the Collierville Animal Shelter as an animal care technician and assisted with numerously animal control calls. In April of 2005, Meridith left the shelter and began working at Forest Hill Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician. After a few years of helping clients with “problem dogs,” she started teaching what was deemed “puppy school” by one of her first clients, Lindsey & Tommy West. Puppy School was an instant success, her ideas and concepts were simple yet effective and even the greenest dog owner could understand.

These same concepts and training descriptions came very naturally to her because these were things she had grown up listening to as her father explained these methods to his clients. You see, Meridith Caver was molded into an exceptional trainer long before she even knew if. Her father trained, bred, and trialed Labrador Retrievers for over 30 years. He won several championships and made quiet a name for himself. Meridith loved every minute of it and idolized her father’s gentle nature and compassion for teaching not only his dogs but his ability to communicate with his clients. No, it wasn’t their family ambition for Meridith to own her own training business but when you see how she grew up throwing dummies and working under her father as a junior handler all by the age of 10, then you understand how natural training and teaching came.

During the summer of 2008, Meridith formed The Polished Pooch, LLC and knew she found her career passion. Her training school is unique and one of the only programs that offer obedience and behavioral training, as well as the socialization skills a dog needs. The Polished Pooch is also one of the few veterinarian recommended training programs in the area. Dr. Darryl Dixon and Dr. Gram Johnson personally know and trust Meridith and are excited to be part of such a successful, growing business. The Polished Pooch opened a day camp program in October of 2011 and it has received remarkable reviews. When asked, why day camp? Her response is simple, “My puppy schoolers loved coming so much, and my clients wanted more options for their older-trained puppies… … So we opened Day Camp!”

We are SUPER EXCITED to announce we have expanded  to COLLIERVILLE, TN!!  
Our New Collierville location offers over 1200sqft of indoor climate controlled training/play area with
brand new slip resistant wooden flooring- NO Concrete!!

AND Over 5000sqft of outdoor grassy play yards!!  

Our beautiful outdoor areas are safe and secure with 6' privacy fence- NO CHAIN LINK!
Our new outdoor lighting allows us to start earlier and stay out longer than anyone else!
 We have added some great shady spots, lush green grass, and even a 125' ball throwing lane!!

The Polished Pooch

The Polished Pooch’s slogan is simple,

All Breeds.

All Ages.

All Instinctive.

Training for the Entire Family.

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