I cannot say enough good things in this review about Pawsitive Play!!! Michele is absolutely amazing! I had the privilege of sitting in on some sessions with my parent’s Doberman and you can see the dog making mental connections and thinking about the training as it’s going on. Michele’s methods are backed by research and science which is the best part! The methods make sense physiologically so you are truly building a solid connection and relationship with your dog based off the way they think and function. She makes training simple, fun, and positive for everyone, it is truly an enjoyable experience for our dog every time (I also had fun and learned a lot!). I could not recommend Pawsitive Play more! Her training is solid and rewarding so you can truly have the best outcomes for your dog!
- Caela Carroll 12/29/2020
Thanks Michele for a wonderful start of training for our puppy Keela- and us! We're so glad we found you. You gave us personal training tailored to meet Keela's needs and ours. Thank you for accomodating our family and keeping a Covid compliant enviroment. Your understanding of dog behavior was translated to us in a practical way we could use. You gave us many suggestions and alternatives to make sure it would work for us and Keela. Your handouts were great for reference and to share with the family members who couldn't join the lesson. Our most important goals were to develop a loving companion in Keela and providing the structure and discipline she needed to be well mannered. Thanks for helping that happen as well as the fun you created along the way. Keela is a great dog and you helped bring our her best. We are thrilled at how responsive she has been to your positive lessons and suggestions for play. The way we have seen her focus and attention turn to us and not her surroundings is such a pleasure. She actually wants to stay with us and not get into mischief. Such a great approach compared to others we have tried with in the past. Thanks Michele!
- Evelyn R. 12/14/2020
Schools in session @pawsitiveplaydogs 🎓📚📝 Makó loooooves his new teacher, Michele🥰 Makó had a few set backs this summer so..... back to the class room we go. Michele came up with a training program designed to fit Makó’s needs. I HIGHLY recommend making a consultation appointment.
- Instagram 11/12/2020
Michele is knowledgeable, empathetic, patient and joyful in her work with dogs and their people. My puppy has fear and insecurity issues and Michele knew just how to help her work through these. She also provided me with support and encouragement when I felt unsure of myself and my training ability. I highly recommend Michele to anyone looking for help with their dog's issues, or anyone who just wants to learn more and have fun with their dog.
- Saeran S. 11/5/2020
I had a great experience training my Bernese Mountain Dog with Pawsitive Play. As first time owners of a large dog breed we wanted to make sure our pup was well trained. We had multiple one on one training sessions that helped us create healthy long lasting bonds with our dog. The staff was extremely responsive and helpful every step of the way. They explained the reasoning behind dog behaviors and how the training exercises teach your dog good behaviors. They also gave us fun training games to play with our dog each day to continue the training at home. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a dog trainer.
- Alison H. 10/9/2020
Michele has been a Godsend in our lives. She believes in positive reinforcement and training when working with our Golden Retrievers. Michele always showed up to our lesson with a plan and numerous training tips as well as a paper copy of what we worked on with detailed directions. She also followed up each lesson with an email letting me know how well my boys were doing and with additional tips. I reached out to her several times with a text message and Michele always got back to me promptly with sound advice. I can tell that Michele absolutely loves what she does and it is evident that she is an excellent trainer. I am going to miss her.
- Kim F. 9/3/2020
Michele is absolutely amazing! We couldn’t be happier with the progress we’ve made with our now 7 month old puppy! We are so grateful we found her and for all of the hard work and attention she has put in to teaching us how to communicate with our puppy Kenji. She is so well organized and makes personalized lessons with detailed homework. She made herself available to us all the time for questions and advice which was so helpful when things inevitably came up between sessions. She genuinely cares and is incredibly thoughtful and knowledgeable. Her genuine love for dogs and animals was apparent right from the start and has made training so much fun for us and our dog. Her approach to training is positive and unique which has helped us build a stronger bond with our pup! We always look forward to training sessions and Kenji does too! I strongly recommend reaching out to Michele even if you don’t think your dog or puppy really needs training... She does a wonderful job educating owners to understand their dogs behavior which guides how we learn to communicate with them!
-Kayla S. 8/7/2020
When you love your dog, you want your dog’s life to be happy and safe. So many trainers are ready to help you with canine obedience or other activities. Michele of Pawsitive Play Dog Training provides you and your dog methods for a lifetime of companionship and happiness. Isn’t that what dog ownership is all about? Michele teaches you to play with your dog in a way that helps your dog navigate our human world with love and positive experiences. My wire fox terrier, Watson, is a great dog but he can be stubborn, headstrong, and 100% terrier. Michele has helped me establish a loving and safe relationship through playful interactions that are easy to master and to adapt to our lifestyle. Besides Watson loves working with her and we have a great time together without stress. Recently, we worked on recall while laying and reinforcing the foundations of focus and self control (for both dog and human). We often receive comments about how well behaved Watson is. Pawsitive Play Dog Training works!!!!
-Libby W. 6/12/2020
Michele at Pawsitive Play Dog Training is a pleasure to work with. She is very knowledgeable, and makes training fun for owner and dog together. Whenever I felt like things weren't going well, she helped me see just how far we've come. Michele was just what I needed to show me that my puppy is trainable, and I'm capable of getting him to listen me.
-Kristen C. 5/28/2020
Michele is AMAZING!! She was born to train dogs and people :) I can not express enough how much I have learned from her !!!! Michele’s training methods are understandable and extremely effective. Ive actually enjoyed doing the training with my Labrador and saw a difference almost immediately after a few exercises . It was great !!! I’ve enjoyed working with Michele she makes it exciting, fun and easy to understand !!! Anytime I had questions she was quick and thorough with her response addressing my concerns or problems. We adjusted a few things for my situation. She made sure I got it ! She spent the time needed with me and touched base with me throughout the training process! I could never have gotten my dog to start focusing on me and listening without her at 5 1/2 years of age ! I thought it was just not going to happen ! However, she walked me through even some tougher days ...I'M TRULY GRATEFUL! I highly recommend her & her training methods .
Virtual Training Client- Chandra P. 4/10/2020
We contacted Michele to help us with a particular bad behavior. On the first visit she taught all of us tools to extinguish the unwanted behavior and filled the void with fun positive activities. Our pup immediately responded to her and she taught us to illicit the same responses. Each tool has a purpose and they build upon each other to advance your training and relationship with your pet. Michele is a talented teacher. She supports her lessons with written instructions for your reference when practicing between lessons. We are furever grateful to have the opportunity to work with Michele!
- Ruth K. 2/20/2020
We adopted Lenny, a high-energy blue tick coonhound mix, from an animal control facility in February 2019. While we enjoyed his playfulness and his enthusiasm, Lenny did not know when to stop playing, was destructive, and was out of control. By June 2019, the rest of my family was fed up with Lenny and wanted to find a different home for him. That is when I contacted Michele, a certified dog trainer. Initially, we met with Michele and talked about what we liked about Lenny, what we didn’t like, and what problems he had. She listened intently and then came up with a plan on what we would work on first.
We have now been working with Michele for four months. Sometimes we work at the facilities she has on her property and other times, we have gone to a park to work. Lenny has come a long way in these four months. He knows commands, and I can walk with him on a leash with him wearing a harness. This was not possible before. Initially, Lenny was only interested in playing rather aggressively, but now, Michele has helped me develop a relationship and bond with him so that he wants to be petted and will come to me just for that reason. Before, if I called him, he would be so busy playing or chasing squirrels, bikes, and people that he did not even pay attention. Now, he comes when called and knows that by coming to me he will either get a treat or a rub behind his ears. Lenny is fitting into the family much better and is learning the rules of our household. The rest of my family no longer wants to get rid of him. We actually enjoy him and his personality.
I recommend Michele to anyone who is looking to get help with his or her dog. I cannot thank Michele enough for helping Lenny to become a member of our family.
- Danielle W. 10/13/19
Michele is AMAZING!!! Her training methods are so fun, rewarding and effective. We’ve seen such improvements in our dog and understanding her more because of Michele. Would highly recommend her training classes to not only improve your dog but also yourself. Her classes are unlike other group classes we’ve taken. I love the one-on-one attention and follow up Michele provides. She truly cares for her clients and their progress. Thank you Pawsitive Play Dog Training!!
- Lisa B. 9/19/19
Michele has teaching in her DNA. She has been a great trainer for both myself and my family dog, Callie. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned through Michele is obedience training is for both humans and pets; I learned just as much, if not more, than Callie did! Michele’s teaching style is accommodating to all types of leaners, and she is able to have fun while sharing the importance of purposeful training. Through Michele you’ll be able to learn about your goals, your pet’s goals, and how each can achieve them, together. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and reliable when it comes to both horse and dog training. I’m thankful to have had a trainer who is so passionate about her relationships with people and animals.
-Carly S. 8/13/2019
I would highly recommend taking a class with Michele! The classes are run very well, and Michele is always prepared. You have fun while still learning a lot. Michele uses positive training methods, avoiding any negative experiences for you and your best friend. Michele is a very knowledgeable trainer and all around nice person…you will enjoy her class.
-Sue G. 8/26/19
-Sue G. 8/26/19
Michele is an incredible trainer who takes the time to not only listen to you but also to what your dog is saying. She is patient and creative with the games she uses for learning the foundation skills and adding on for more reliability. Michele makes training fun but both people and dogs. I highly recommend her if you are looking to have a well mannered dog.
-Denise A. 9/1/2019
-Denise A. 9/1/2019
Michele is a great teacher - highly recommend her ! Before we met, I had been doing the usual training methods of drilling sit, down, stay, heel. We weren't getting the results I hoped for. I admit I was skeptical about Michele's methods, but we gave it a try. After the first lesson and a week of practice - what a difference ! Who knew play and games would work so well. The sessions were fun and relaxed and I don't think my dog knew we were training. Michele makes the lessons fun and informative, not only what to do but the reasons behind it. There are plenty of real world examples and applications. Do yourself and your dog a favor and see Michele. You both will learn a lot and have a much better relationship.
- Roberta M. 9/10/19
- Roberta M. 9/10/19