The Pawsitive Way

Training your dog, positive and force-free

Has anyone ever tried yelling or forcing you to get you to do something? It may work once or twice, but does it work every time? Have you ever had a big reward for doing something well and did that make you want to do it again? That's #ThePawsitiveWay! The Pawsitive Way uses proven, evidence-based approaches rooted in science and experience to help you build positive, lasting relationships with your dog for a healthy, happy life!

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Certified Dog Behavior Consultant Canine, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed
Fear-Free Certified Professional
Low Stress Handling Certified - Silver Cats & Dogs
Pet Professional Guild Member
Aggression in Dogs Certified Professional

Group Classes & Walks

4-dog, closed, small group sessions & walks

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding dog training class of for your dog that really works? Learn Pawsitive classes are designed to be small and focused giving you and your dog the attention needed for the best results. I carefully structure and schedule all of my classes to provde the best experiences for you and your dog.

Whether you have a puppy, a reactive dog, or something in between, I have group classes to fit your needs. Contact me today, and I can help you pick out the right class for you and your dog that fits your needs and your schedule.

Here are just a few classes that I offer:

  • Puppy Socialization & Etiquette
  • Adult dog Etiquette
  • Reactive dog Etiquette
  • Rebellious Etiquette (for "Teenage" dogs 9 - 18 months)
  • And many more...

Find The Right Class For Your Dog!

Personalized Dog Training

Dedicated 1-on-1 training for you and your dog

Are you looking for a personalized training plan for you and your dog? I often have clients that need a personalized plan beyond a class or group setting to see long-term results. Everyone's goals, lifestyles, and environments are different, so a personalized plan and one-on-one training sessions may be just what you need. After an intial consultation, I'll assess where you and your furry companion are in your training journey and we'll work together to develop a comprehensive training and behavior management plan that you can stick with.

Here are a few behaviors I help clients with:

  • Barking and lunging on a leash
  • Difficulty meeting new people or dogs
  • Fearful or anxious behavior
  • Guarding food or toys from people or dogs

More About Personalized Dog Training

Our dog, Nova, used to react to other dogs and people from over 20 feet away. After working with Heather we can safely walk on trails and at parks without Nova having a reaction. Nova truly is a different dog.

~ Mollie O. & Nova

Sadie had a lot of issues with intense reactivity (out of fear) with other dogs. Heather worked with us in a class setting with other reactive dogs in a slow and controlled manner. By the end of the class we were able to walk with other dogs in sight without a reaction using the techniques she taught us!

~ Lisa S. & Sadie

With Heather's help, my dog Pepper went from being reactive or shut down, to being trusting and more confident. I learned how to be her advocate and to love her for exactly who she is. Heather truly changed our lives so much for the better.

~ Laura N. & Pepper

When Scout developed problems with fear and anxiety of certain men and being left alone, she was quick to refer us to a vet with expertise in behavioral issues and working with us one on one to come up with positive ways to redirect his behavior. We love her force-free, positive reinforcement techniques, her love and passion for animals and have had great success working with her. Can’t recommend her highly enough!

~ Lisa S. & Scout