"Mike is wonderful. My dog loves him and playing while learning at his house. He truly has a heart for dogs and has a way to get them to listen. He is so kind and does anything and everything to make sure both you and your dog are comfortable. I do not have enough good things to say about him!!"
- Kristin
"Michael is the most caring person. I couldn’t trust anyone more than I trust him with my dog. He goes above and beyond anyone else that you will find solely because he loves what he does. He always keeps me updated on my pups progress and send many pictures. He has a great backyard that all the pups can play together. I would recommend him to everyone and anyone!"
- Denise
"Mike is beyond amazing with our dog, there is no one I would trust more with Kingston whether it be daycare or walks to overnights when I am out of town. Mike helps tremendously with the small puppy troubles, actively trains Kingston and honestly just goes above and beyond. I wouldn't think to have anyone else in Charlotte watch and care for my puppy after being with Mike for almost a year!"
-Caity
"Our two pups have been seeing Michael since they were brought home. One from a breeder and one from the animal shelter. He has helped us with crate training, potty training, feeding routines, socialization, walking, fetch and even catching frisbees. They truly love their time with him and all the pups. He has helped us through the first year with two young dogs tremendously. We cant thank him enough and recommend him to every dog family we know!"
-Laura & Caroline
"Mike is the best! He’s patient, extremely knowledgeable and a true dog lover! He’s worked with my Kali Girl on leash training, manners, confidence and socialization. He has made such a difference in her old reactive tendencies/insecurities and has taught me a lot along the way as well! I would recommend him to any and all dog owners for training, boarding and/or doggy day care. Kali has made so many new friends and I never have to worry about her when she’s with him!"
Kelsi Matriccino
"Michael and his team are AMAZING! They make it so easy with our FURR babies when we travel. I know that our pups are not only staying in a cage free environment they are being treated as if they are Mike (& soon to be wife's) personal dogs. Not to mention when I pick up my dogs I question where the dogs I dropped off went as they are so well behaved from Mike's personal training and time that he spends with our dogs! I LOVE all the instagram videos they post while our dogs are visiting Hakuna Matata, gives you your pup fix while out of town! Mike's training skills are super helpful and makes having a dog so much more enjoyable! We do things with our dogs now that we would have never done in the past. We cant thank the Hakuna Matata Fam any more for all the love & time they have invested in our 3 pups!"
Rachel Denton
"Can not say enough wonderful things about Hakuna and their wonderful team. True animal lovers they have treated my pup as family for the last 3+ years. Super flexible and responsive. Go above and beyond for my pup. So trustworthy and I feel at ease knowing my dog is well taken care of in their hands. I have even utilized one on one training with Michael and he is wonderful and using his tips my dog has become a better leash walker. John is always prompt for my dogs midday walks and Im kept informed with updates and pictures of my pup while I’m at work. Joselyn also is wonderful with her grooming services and My pup always looks awesome after his baths. Even when I’m on vacation I receive updates from their boarding him and treating him like one of their own! Absolutely recommend and would not go elsewhere!!"
Kathryn Rielly
"I took my puppy Pickles to Hakuna Matata dog training and was so so happy with the results! Pickles learned better behavioral skills and was a whole new dog coming home! I loved that pickles was staying in a cozy place and trained to sleep in his bed so no crating was needed. They truly love the animals they work with and they treat us like friends/family, I am so glad we chose them! We also only use them for dog watching now as Pickles and my other dog love it there! We feel so much better when we are away now knowing they are in good hands."
Sam Stelle and Jamie Tout
"Nothing but incredible things to say! My friend recommended me and I won’t let anyone else watch my fur baby since. They treat Rosie like she’s their own, and send pictures daily to keep me updated throughout her stay! Everyone who works there is so passionate, knowledgeable, and loving to all of the animals. I am thankful I have found them!"
Kylee Visser
"Hakuna Matada is by far the BEST training and day care in Charlotte. The love that they have for dogs is amazing. 1,000% recommended."
Will Tharp
"Michael is amazing with our dogs! We can actually walk them now instead of them walking us hahaha."
Matthew Shelton
"Michael provides excellent care for our dogs. He is so sweet and caring. Very knowledgeable as well and have learned so much from him. We are so fortunate to have Hakuna Matata for our pups to stay with. Thank you Michael."
Jeanne Andaas
"The best investment I’ve made. I highly recommend Michael and his team to anyone with animals period! The results we’ve seen are outstanding. Their techniques and methods are easy to understand and implement. I cannot give enough praise for their services. We are very thankful to have our dog shaped into a well mannered gentlemen thanks to Michael."
Emily Goss
"Absolutely amazing! Rescued my pit Gracie in 2014. They said she was about a year or two. Which now makes her about six years old. She was so skidish around people specially around men. We never took her anywhere because we were afraid she would be aggressive. Two weeks of training with Michael and follow up appointments. My sweet Gracie is now playing with other dogs and great with people. This has never happened before. We are beyond words and grateful for Michael and his crew. Rescued pups rescued ! Thanks to Hakuna Matata Dog Care & Training."
Michelle Hlavna
"Michael was the perfect answer for our 9 month Chesapeake Bay Retriever. In a week of training, he turned our wild child into a sweet mannered puppy. His gentle nature was just what we needed for our girl. We didn’t want harsh techniques or pinch collars. We still wanted her to retain her spunky personality. We are thrilled with the results and give the highest recommendation to anyone looking for training."
Lori Bagley
"Michael is amazing with my dogs. One of them is frightened of almost all men ... except for Michael. He is patient and kind -- they both just love him. He has spent a fair amount of time training them as well and all of it has been successful. Big Thumbs up and I highly recommend Hakuna Matata Dog Care!"
Melissa Welch
"We have a rescue dog that is very unsure of new people. Mike went above and beyond to take the time and earn Buddy’s trust and I never stress when he’s in Mike’s care. I highly recommend Hakuna Matata Dog Care and Training."
John Handline
"Mike (the owner) is amazing with dogs, I have personally seen great transformations with a few dogs he has trained/borded. Great especially with behavior training."
Gabriel Shuman
"Our pup has been going to Hakuna Matata for daycare, walks, and training for almost a year, and we have nothing but great things to say. We have seen a huge improvement in his behavior and obedience, and definitely owe that to Mike’s hard work and dedication! They go above and beyond with carpool pick ups/drop offs, birthday celebrations, and they really treat all the pups like their own. We’d highly recommend Hakuna Matata to anyone who wants to feel confident that their dog is getting the best care!"
Ben & Lisa Conley
"There aren't enough words for how grateful we are for Mike, Joselyn and their team. We met Mike at the beginning of his Hakuna Matata journey and have been a part of it ever since. We began with walks and boarding for our first pup, Olive, and they love her as if she is their own. Olive is obsessed with them and gets equally as excited to see them as she does us, which instills so much confidence when we have to leave her for a weekend. A couple years ago, adopted a second pup, Charlotte, who posed to be a bit more difficult than Olive. When she began to show signs of leash aggression, Mike immediately knew what to do and what tools we needed to stay consistent at home. Within a matter of only a few weeks, Charlotte was walking right next to us and passing by other dogs without hesitation. His patience and commitment to Charlotte truly has molded her into such a wonderful, sweet and obedient dog. Aside from their training and boarding, they show love to every dog the way they love their own. Every pup gets a birthday party and is taken to a pet bakery to choose their own treat. They truly go above and beyond when taking someone else's pets into their care, and we recommend them to everyone we know. We'll never use anyone else, and I'm so happy to have them as a part of our lives!"
Chris & Caitlyn Losch
"Michael truly is amazing at what he does and I think he may even be an animal whisper! He is the only person I trust to care for my sweet Bentley James. He has helped us with crate training, on and off leash walks, potty training and to stop that puppy biting he so loved to do. I honestly can’t say enough good things about him or Joselyn. We are so grateful for them!"
Becky & Ryan
"We had a 5 yo Bassett then rescued a 2 yo Bassett... that was almost 2 yrs ago and Mike has given us the knowledge and strength to have a wonderful family! We moved a year ago and we all know how pets react to change! He made it a smooth transition and when we need to have Dog Daycare (we call it DoggyDisney) there could not be a better 2nd home! His wife Joselyn is a great groomer and we appreciate getting them back home Spick and Span!!"
Patricia & Dave Christopherson
"Mike & Joselyn are the best ever. My dog always comes home happy, tired & well behaved. These two love dogs so much and care for my baby as if he is their own. I highly recommend these amazing people for you dogs needs!!!!!!!!!"
Kaitlin Eibeler
"Mike is awesome! we have two dogs, a chihuahua mix and a Goldendoodle both males, before mike we almost had to keep them completely separate, and now they are best buds Mike helped us with crate training, socializing with other dogs, feeding routine and walks; walks are now enjoyable with no pulling. Mike has been great throughout the process of not only daily updates but also any questions and concerns we had. Cooper and Harrison love going over to mikes for daycare or overnight boarding."
Andy & Diana
"Michael and Joselyn are amazing. Michael is the Caesar Millan of our area. It’s a great feeling being able to leave my dog when I am out of town and I know that he will be well taken care of. And my dog loves going to doggy day care. He comes back so happy. Michael has help me trained 2 dogs ( one rescue, one from a breeder), both very different situations. And the experience with both have been amazing. I would not trust my dog with anyone else. Joselyn does an amazing job grooming my little guy. I love that I can send him to daycare and he can get groomed while he is there. We love Hakuna Matata."
Jessica Ramos
"Mike and Jos are by far the Best and Always will be in my Book! Apollo has found a second home and second dog life with all his Pup and Doggo friends. I couldn’t say enough to express how Thankful and Grateful I am for them and Apollo couldn’t be Happier when he’s over at H.M. Daycare. Never do I have to worry while I’m away on business trips and when I get him back he’s exhausted and ready for Naps, Love and Hugs. I’d recommend Hakuna Matata Daycare to Anyone!"
Alex Dortchy
"Signing my dog up for Hakuna Matata’s puppy training school was the best decision I made for my pup. I was amazed to see the progress my puppy made in just two weeks! Ziggy came home fully leash trained, and now we can enjoy afternoon walks together! He absolutely loves Mike and every person and dog at Hakuna Matata Dog Care & Training. Especially since they threw him a birthday party at daycare!! I highly recommend training your pup here. I promise they’ll thank you for it!"
Catie McAllister
"I literally think Michael is the dog whisperer. He has made such a difference with our dog Rocco’. He has taught us about body language, proper leash handling and how dogs react to leashes differently. Rocco’s behavior has changed dramatically in many ways. Especially with other dogs. We loved Michael and Joselyn so much that we take him there weekly for day camp now. We’re grateful for their laid back style, knowledge and care for our pup."
Jessica Ludwig
"We have been calling on Michael, Jocelyn, and their team for about two years now. Michael has been great with my dog, and I honestly wouldn’t call anyone else to come over and give her the best walk that she deserves. He offers advice and tips for better walks, and correcting behaviors. He also offers to go on walks with him for hands on tips. My dog loves Michael so much, when he’s coming over, I tell her who is on the way and she gets so excited! He’s always so happy to see her, and sends me pictures and videos of their walks together. I trust these folks to take care of my pup when I’m at work or away. They are so kind, and helpful. I know that anyone who calls these folks will have the same experience, as it is obvious they are passionate about dogs. Thank you Hakuna Matata!!!!"
Tuesday Welch

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