Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks and So Much More
Lisa Matthews veteran college professor and middle grades science teacher opened Pawsitive Practice Training in 2010 after attending Pat Miller’s Level-One course for dog trainers. Lisa earned her National Certification for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) in 2011 and was invited to join the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training Team (VSPDT) in 2012.
In early 2016, Lisa decided to take her passion for working with fearful, anxious, and aggressive dog cases to the next level and earned her IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant certificate and legally renamed her business Pawsitive Practice Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC. She diverged from the Stilwell team to grow the behavior consulting side of her training business and relocated to West Cobb County where she now lives with her husband and two rescue dogs, Patrick and Jilly.
Lisa holds three degrees in education — BSEd, MSEd, and EdS — and feels privileged to work in a field that allows her to spend her days teaching dogs and people how to better communicate and reach their desired goals. In addition to running her training and consulting business, Lisa is Fear-Free Certified and gives presentations to local veterinarians on various behavior-related topics and gives back to her community by holding free educational seminars on topics such as bite prevention, how dogs learn, and how to use positive reinforcement training effectively. Lisa was born in Weymouth, MA but grew up in South GA: Tifton. Lisa now lives in Acworth, GA and enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and enjoys refinishing furniture.
Tyler Baker has a passion for animals, and it shows in everything he does. His knowledge and experience gained from working in dog daycare settings, pet sitting, volunteering and fostering for Mostly Mutts in Kennesaw makes Tyler a great addition to our team.
Tyler teaches private lessons on basic obedience and helps people get their new puppies off on the right paw. After interning with Lisa Matthews for a year, he sat for and passed his National Trainer Certification Test (CPDT-KA) on March 22nd, 2019. We are so proud to call Tyler our 4th Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer.
Tyler lives in Kennesaw and shares his home with his faithful Cattle Dog Beau. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering at Mostly Mutts in Kennesaw.
Caitlin McCook got her first taste of dog training in 2007 when she and her father took up agility with their Australian Shepherds. The hobby quickly became an obsession and as soon as she graduated from UGA in 2011, Caitlin began taking any and every opportunity to work with and train dogs.
Caitlin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Fear Free Professional and has experience working in both veterinary and shelter environments. Coming from a long line of professional educators, Caitlin McCook broke the family mold only a little by becoming an animal trainer. She enjoys teaching clients and their canines and loves “nerding-out” about the science behind how dogs learn and how to best teach them.
Caitlin and her husband live in Smyrna, GA with their menagerie of misfit pets which includes three dogs, two cats, and a clicker trained rat name Premack. When Catlin’s not training dogs, she is usually making music, learning aerial silks, and cheering for her husband in the Smyrna dart league.
April Galindo is a 2007 graduate of Animal Behavior College where she earned her certification as a dog trainer (ABC-DT). In 2016 April gained her National Certification as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). April has a long history in the dog-related industry from holding lead trainer positions at local pet store chains and daycare facilities to running entire training and daycare program at a veterinary hospital. She is a certified AKC Evaluator and an Animal Behavior College Mentor. April joined Pawsitive Practice on a part-time basis in 2011 and moved to full-time trainer status in 2015.
April Galindo gained two Associate Degree’s from Lanier Technical Institute and worked many years in the logistics industry, but it did not take her long to abandon that career to follow her passion for working with dogs and people. April is a sports fan. She enjoys watching the NHL with her husband and her father and her team is the Chicago Blackhawks. She also loves to go out and play billiards at local sports bars. April lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with her husband, four rescue dogs, and rescue cat.
Amy Szabo is a 2010 Honors Graduate of Animal Behavior College where she earned her first certification as a dog trainer (ABC-DT). Amy’s science background also includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Amy spent the better part of 19 years working full-time as a mechanical engineer and has worked as a dog walker, pet sitter, and dog trainer since 2009. In 2015 she left the corporate world as an engineer to follow her passion for training dogs and people full-time. She began working part-time with Pawsitive Practice in 2010 and went on to earn her National Certified Professional Dog Trainer certificaiton (CPDT-KA) in 2012. Amy enjoys teaching private lessons and group classes at Tiger Tails Animal Hospital In Duluth, GA.
Amy currently lives in Buford, Georgia, with her husband and her three rescue dogs. She is an AKC Certified S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Instructor and Evaluator. Amy is also a huge sports fan. During her spare time, she loves to watch baseball and football games, and spend quality time with her husband and dogs.
Thanks for taking the time to read about us. We can’t wait to learn more about you too!
Sincerely, The Pawsitive Practice Training Team