About Michelle

Michelle & Amati

The Purple Puppy K9 Academy was started by Michelle Persian in the summer of 2011.  Michelle has had dogs all her life but got serious about training when she got her English Springer Spaniel "Noodle" in 2002.  She started out training obedience, but quickly found her way to agility.  Puppy and agility training is her passion.  Michelle graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's of Music in Music Education.  She has been teaching for over 20 years and enjoys every moment.  It doesn't matter if it's 2 leggers or 4 leggers! 

Michelle became an AKC Agility judge in June 2019!

She is the artistic director of the Eden Prairie String Academy as well as owner of the Purple Puppy K9 Academy.  Michelle lives in Eden Prairie, MN  with her 3 dogs: Vino, Sghetti & Gnocchi


Teaching Experience 

May 2014 - Present - Agile Canines - St. Louis Park, MN. - Teaches agaility classes
Summer 2007 - Present – Purple Puppy K9 Academy - Private Agility Lessons in Eden Prairie
March 2008 - March 2011 - ABCTC, LLC - Eau Claire, WI - Taught Agility Seminars and Lessons
February 2005 – July 2007 - Dogworks – Eden Prairie – Taught Agility Classes
May 1998 – Present – Music Director Eden Prairie String Academy
September 1993 – Present – Private Violin/Viola Studio
September 2003 – May 2006 – Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestra Conductor
January 2002 – May 2003 – Crown College Faculty – String Ensemble, String Techniques, Private Lessons
Summers 2000 -2003 – International Music Camp Faculty
December 1994 – May 2000 – Eden Prairie Schools Orchestra Director Grades 5-6

© Michelle Persian 2012