At Positively Paws, our mission is to help families and their beloved pet learn desired behaviors and change behaviors that are not so desired, using force free methods.. Training is done using a positive approach, in increments using reinforcement, that is effective and successful. We find what best motivates your dog to learn, and use that to their potential so that they are set up to succeed.
Michele is a certified professional dog trainer, who graduated in 2015 from Animal Behavior College. She continues to study and learn multiple facets of animal behavior. Michele is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Animals and Society Institute, and a supporting member to International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and Animal Behavior Society. Michele also has a medical background, and is a Licensed Physician Assistant in the State of New York. She practices medicine in a community hospital in the Department of Neurosurgery, where she is responsible for patient care, orders appropriate diagnostic studies, interprets them and formulates a plan that is best for the patient.
Karin Winston, Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer. Member Associate of Professional Dog Trainers.
Karin began her official carrier in dog training in June 2015 when she obtained a certification in dog training from the Animal Behavior College. As part of her training. She worked with a behaviorist learning not only how dogs communicate, but how to communicate with them. An additional part of the training included 6 months working at Brookhaven Animal Shelter. Using what she learned, Karin trained her own German Shepherd, who went on to pass her Canine Good Citizen as well as her Therapy Dog Certification. Not long after graduating, Karin began working for Karma Dog Training providing in-home lessons for a variety of dogs with a variety of issues. In 2018, she began working with Positively Paws. Karin lives with her husband and their three dogs, Coqui, a senior rescue Maltese , Lucy a senior rescue (her pedigree is debatable, but her love is not) and Augie a boisterous 2-year old hound mix, who had been a challenge, but has become a sweet and loving dog.
When not training dogs, Karin works in the financial services field and has, in one respect or another, for the past 30 years.