Our Mission

Pawsitive Pets, LLC specializes in force-free, science-based methods of learning while providing enrichment and care for pets in Lafayette and West Lafayette, IN. Through our knowledge and skill set, we are able to promote and strengthen specific desirable behaviors while providing a reliable service. This means that not only will your pet be less stressed due to being in their own home, but they will not regress in any behaviors they are learning nor will we encourage them to pick up bad behaviors!

About Pawsitive Pets

Owners of Pawsitive Pets, LLC -- Hilary Briggs, CCMT and Patrick Holland, CPDT-KA -- met while working at a local kennel with an off-leash dog play program. They started as co-workers and quickly became friends as they realized they both had a passion for animal behavior and educating others on how force-free methods can positively influence animal care. Although Patrick and Hilary had dreamed of starting their own pet care businesses individually, they realized that their dream could be achieved together. Pawsitive Pets, LLC was born in June 2015, and Hilary, Patrick, and their team continue to happily serve Lafayette and West Lafayette with behavior- and science-based methods of pet education and behavior training.

Our Knowledge & Experience

Members of the Pawsitive Pets’ team have different areas of expertise that complement one another and result with happy, satisfied clients (both human and animal). Our education backgrounds and certifications are listed below:

  • Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences with a concentration in Companion Animal Behavior from Purdue University
  • Bachelor's in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Saint Joseph’s College
  • Two years of veterinary school at Michigan State University
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
  • Certificate of Achievement in Dog Training from Animal Behavior College
  • Certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT)


Hilary Briggs, CCMT


Hilary is a certified canine massage therapist and oversees the pet sitting department and massage therapy aspects of Pawsitive Pets. She has been working with animals since 2002 and is owned by 4 pups: a Yorkshire Terrier named Howie, a Shar Pei mix named Pooka, a Jack Russell/Yorkshire Terrier named Captain, and an Akita named Rocco.

Patrick Holland, CPDT-KA


Patrick has several certifications in dog training and oversees the training aspects of Pawsitive Pets. He was been working with animals since 2009 and is owned by a mixed breed pooch named Miley, a mixed breed pup named Panda, and two kitties named Elephant and AJ.