Dog Training

At Pawsitive Pets, we train dogs via non-aversive methods, which utilize the use of food and other rewards as reinforcement to increase the performance of desired behaviors and decrease unwanted behaviors.


A majority of people who want to invest in animal training are after dog obedience. We teach:

  • Common behaviors
  • Loose leash walking in various environments and around various distractions
  • “Leave-it”
  • Recall (coming when called) through distractions


If your dog’s fears and phobias are not addressed, associated behaviors can cause stress and destruction in your home. We can help you manage or form positive associations to:

  • Storms
  • Fireworks
  • City noises
  • Novel objects
  • Vehicles
  • Small animals or cats
  • Separation anxiety
  • Doorbells/door knocks
  • Handling
  • Noises
  • Vet visits
  • Grooming
  • Any other potential, fear-evoking stimuli

Learned Problem Behaviors

Like people, dogs can pick up poor habits. With our training methods, we can address the following behaviors:

  • Unwanted behaviors for attention
  • Jumping on furniture
  • Counter surfing
  • Darting through doors
  • Barking  
  • Digging
  • Mouthing
  • House breaking

Preparation Training

When your life changes, so does your dog’s. Pawsitive Pets can help prepare you, your dog, and your home for a new member of the family, which may include a cat, dog, relative, or baby.

Canine Good Citizen Training

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is recognized as the standard for dog behavior. Your pup must be able to perform specific behaviors to become a CGC, and Pawsitive Pets will address and strengthen these behaviors.

Although Pawsitive Pets is not currently registered to administer the CGC exam, we can help your dog prepare for the test and refer you to various testing locations throughout the state. The CGC is an advanced form of obedience and is a means of measuring and judging a dog’s behavior. CGC can serve as a stepping stone for Therapy Dog International (TDI) training.   

Therapy Dogs International Training

A therapy dog is not service dog. While service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to help people with disabilities function within society (guide dogs, hearing dogs, seizure alert/response dogs, etc.), therapy dogs are trained to provide relief and affection to people in hospitals, schools, retirement homes, disaster areas, and other stressful or lonely locations. Training your dog to be a therapy dog is a great way to make a difference in your community.

Training for Therapy Dogs International (TDI) is often viewed as a continuation of the CGC. Several elements from the CGC are part of the TDI test, but more difficult behaviors are also required. Although Pawsitive Pets is not registered to administer the TDI exam, we can help your dog prepare for the test. We evaluate pups on performance and work to strengthen the required behaviors in private training until dogs are test-ready. When your dog is ready, we can refer you to various testing locations throughout the state.   


Housebreaking definitely needs to be addressed. Using non-aversive methods and positive reinforcement, Pawsitive Pets can teach your pup to reliably go to the bathroom outside of the house.

Pet Selection Counseling

Becoming a dog owner is exciting, but choosing the right dog for you and your family requires some serious thinking. Pawsitive Pets can help you make the right decision based on your desires and lifestyle. This service includes:

  • Suggesting breeds
  • Creating a smooth transition
  • Visiting potential candidates with you at desired rescue facilities, humane societies, or reputable breeders
  • Promoting good integration and development throughout your new friend’s lifetime

As we help you choose the right pup for you, we look at numerous factors, including the dog’s personality, the facility that the dog is being housed in, personality types that match other animals in your home, and your lifestyle.

Contact us today about dog training!