Who We Are

Lisa Matthews, April Galindo, and Amy Szabo are highly credentialed, Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) who are passionate about helping dogs and owners. Lisa Matthews is also an IAABC Internationally Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), and Fear Free Certified. 

Our service area includes Cobb, Paulding, Gwinnett, North Fulton, and South Forsyth counties. Other near by areas may also be considered. Please call:


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No Hard Sales Tactics, No Unethical Promises, 100% Transparency

We have earned a respected foothold in the local veterinary and dog-loving community. Our proven track record has earned us a stellar reputation to help dogs with all issues using positive reinforcement training. Google us and you'll see. There are also reviews on our Facebook Page, and some videos on our You Tube Channel to help you decide if we are the right company for you.

Our Specialties

  • Fear-Related Issues
  • Phobias
  • Anxiety-Related Disorders
  • Aggression Issues 
  • Excessive Barking Issues
  • Inappropriate Elimination Issues
  • Obsessive- Compulsive Disorders 
  • Dogs Who Bark and Lunge On Leash
  • Hyperactivity
  • Guarding Food, Toys, People
  • Fighting Among Housemates 
  • Crate Training
  • Potty Training
  • Poor Listening Skills
  • Jumping Up
  • Stealing Items
  • Mouthing
  • Nipping
  • Door Dashing
  • Poor Manners
  • Inappropriate Chewing



Highly Certified

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Like plumbers, home inspectors, and hair dressers, dog professionals do not have to be professionally certified to collect money from you for their services. In fact, many dog trainers fly so far under the radar that they never even bother to register with the state as a valid business nor obtain a valid tax certificate to operate legally at the county level.

Worse still, dog trainers can go into business and collect money from you with literally no hands-on-experience, formal training, or behavioral knowledge whatsoever and call themselves anything they wish: behaviorist, dog psychologist, behavior specialist, expert trainer, and more. 

Not us. We believe in 100% transparency and use only the titles we've worked hard to earn out of respect for you, our love of dogs, and this profession. We maintain a valid business license and carry professional liability insurance. 

And to further separate ourselves from the pack, we have earned third-party certifications through rigorous hands-on and minds-on testing by highly respected credentialing agencies. And our exceptional credentials require us to engage in continuing education. This important distinction keeps us up to date on the most cutting-edge training techniques, behavioral science findings, and the science behind what works best in unique situations and why: That's a win-win for you and for us. 

You can learn more about our certifying bodies through the links below:

Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers CCPDT

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants IAABC

Please enjoy IAABC's Free Interactive Behavior Journal and learn something new toady about animal behavior. 

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Fear Free 

Our mission is to alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets and educate and inspire the people that care for them. Fear Free is dedicated to creating a world where every pet experiences Fear Free at every stage in his life – from shelters and breeders, to homes, veterinary visits, trainers, groomers, pet sitter, dog parks, transportation, enrichment and more.

Visit Fear Free Happy Homes and join today for free resources. You can also search and locate a Fear Free Professional near you.



How We Do It

Positive reinforcement is the bedrock of our training and behavior modification practice. 

Training does not have to cause pain or induce fear to be effective. Therefore we adhere to a strict code of ethics and a humane training hierarchy (LIMA) to guide our practice. That's good for you and good for your dog. 

STOP THE INSANITY: Doing the same things over and over and expecting different results is Albert Einstein's definition of insanity. We agree, and we can help. 

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What Clients Say

Our new puppy Emmie has benefitted greatly from working with Amy and Pawsitive Practice. We met the trainer, Amy, in the puppy kindergarten class and hired her for private in home training. She was excellent training our dog, and training us humans too! We receive many compliments about how well-behaved and well-adjusted Emmie is at 5 months old thanks to her work with Amy. I highly recommend Pawsitive Practice for helping you with your dog's manners and behavior. - Kelly Butcher, Johns Creek

I highly recommend Lisa Matthews and Pawsitive Practice.  I had taken in a dog and got in over my head. As the the dog matured, she became more animal aggressive with my other dog.  I'm happy to say that we continue to use the techniques she taught and us and my dog family is still together, all thanks to her expertise. -Rycca Blanton, Johns Creek 

An incredible experience for our family and our new puppy! I can't recommend Pawsitive Practice highly enough. Not only did it help us with chewing, jumping on the furniture, and jumping on people, but it was really fun for our kids, and they have a great way to play, train, and bond with our six month old rescue puppy! - Dr. Angie Gribble Hedlund, Alpharetta

April is amazing! Our girl Bella is very reactive. April has been great with her, taking it slow and explaining why she is doing what she is doing. Today for the first time Bella was in the presence of a stranger and she ended up relaxed enough to lay down and almost fell asleep at the end of the session. This is wonderful and I am so exited to see her continue this progress! - Kim Burton, Cumming

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