Follow The Leaders

Experts in Training and Changing Behavior


*If you are not in our service area, still give us a call. You can always come to us for training in Johns Creek,or we are happy to refer you to a fantastic trainer in your area! 

APRIL GALINDO ABC-DT: Serving Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton,  and South Forsyth

Verify April's ABCDT by clicking HERE and putting in zip code 30022

AMY SZABO CPDT-KA: Serving Gwinnett County

Verify Amy's credentials by clicking on the links below and putting in zip code 30518


LISA MATTHEWS CDBC, CPDT-KA, EdS, and Owner of Pawsitive Practice Training

Verify my credentials by clicking on the following links and putting in zip code 30022 for CDBC and CPDT- KA



We refer all cases requiring advanced behavioral support to Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Lynn Seibert DMV, PhD at Veterinary Behavior Consultants. Click HERE to link to Dr. Seibert.  


About Us

Nationally certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) and Internationally Cerfified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) Lisa Matthews and her team of certified professional trainers are a family friendly dog training facility, training in Johns Creek and surrounding Georgia area. Lisa's team uses positive reinforcement to train humanely and force-free. They'll show you how using the most up-to-date training methods will give you the dog you want. 

Lisa Matthews former middle-grades science teacher and college professor, and current owner of Pawsitive Practice Training says:

Before I went to dog training school, I taught college and middle grades science. Directing and teaching more than 120 students a day, 8-hours a day, 180 days each year without ever having to apply any physical corrections  - no shock, no choke, or jerk necessary - paved the way for my success as human(e) dog trainer.  Success in teaching takes knowing how animals learn, how to motivate them, and how to effectively teach them. These skills are very much like effective parenting. Patience, kindness, gentleness, understanding, and consistency are the cornerstones of our training system. --Lisa Matthews

Trainer Qualifications and Methodology 

All trainers of Pawsitive Practice Training (PPT) are 100% certified professional dog trainers and covered by liability insurance. While no certification is required to train dogs, PPT requires that all trainers be certified and acquire continuing education credits on a quarterly bases.

Pawsitive Practice uses the most current scientific research on dogs and dog training methodology to validate their strong belief that learning doesn't have to hurt to be effective. Pawsitive Practice Training is training for both dog and owner.

We rely on science and finesse by identifying what your dog really likes to work for - treats, attention, praise, play, affection, chase, and more. If the dog gets it wrong (and this is what clearly distinguishes us from the shock, jerk, push, pull trainers out there) we simply withhold the reinforcer (negative punishment) to create a sharp contrast between getting it right and getting it wrong. That's right. No pain, just gain.

We are not saying that training by shocking, jerking, pushing, and pulling on dogs does not work because those methods also bring results and quickly.

However we have personally witnessed large numbers of cases in which dogs become fearful or aggressive as the addition of force, fear, pain, and intimidation methods are used to rule their worlds. Therefore our trainers strictly adhere to utilizing Least Intrusive and Minimally Aversive (LIMA) methods to achieve long-lasting results with dogs and owners. To learn more about why we choose LIMA click here



Pawsitive Practice Training offers basic and advanced training classes and in-home private training sessions including obedience training, manners, puppy training, positive reinforcement training, behavior modification for reactive dogs and fearful dogs, housebreaking, crate training assistance, and so much more. 

If you are having a specific problem with your dog(s), give us a call to schedule an in-home evaluation. We are experts in our field and are highly recommended by several local veterinarians including Spalding Animal Hospital, Jones Bridge Animal Hospital, Webb Bridge Animal Hospital, The Village Animal Hospital, Tiger Tails Animal Hospital, Dunwoody Animal Medical Center, Just Pets Veterinary Hospital, Hamby Road Animal Hospital, Loving Hands Animal Clinic, and Atlanta Veterinary Specialists.


"I work with Lisa on many cases. What always amazes me about her is how creative she is when she troubleshoots a problem. Training dogs positively takes smarts, and Lisa comes up with workable solutions in seconds." -- William Wright, Training Assistant, Cumming, GA

"Lisa Matthews of Pawsitive Practice will exceed any dog owners expectations and give hope to pet owners unsure of how to bring out the best in their dog. She is truly a gifted teacher and simply amazing with young children. She teaches the entire family using only positive reinforcement. She keeps Dixon's full attention and we have had amazing results under her care." -- Kimberly Leavitt, Alpharetta, GA

"Every chance I get, I tell people about how Lisa Matthews changed my life for the better."-- Dianne Merdinger, Johns Creek, GA

" I don't trust just anyone with my dog. I researched trainers extensively before I chose Trainer Lisa. Xena The Warrior Puppy has been through enough in her life. I wanted someone who would train her positively. Lisa is the absolute best." - - Linda Hickey, Johns Creek, GA