Company Mission Statement
Seek first to be kind, seek second to be compassionate, seek third to understand, seek fourth to be understood, seek endlessly multiple ways to teach, learn, and share that lift others to a higher place without diminishing them in the process. Serve and receive with humble gratitude.
LISA MATTHEWS CDBC, CPDT-KA, EdS
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.
AMY SZABO CPDT-KA, ABC-DT
Amy Szabo is a 2010 graduate with Honors of Animal Behavior College where she earned her first certification as a dog trainer (ABC-DT). Amy spent the better part of 19 years working full-time as a mechanical engineer and the last 8 years working part-time as a dog walker/pet sitter and dog trainer. 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 certification (CPDT-KA) in 2012. Amy enjoys both private lessons with clients and teaching group training classes at Tiger Tails Animal Hospital in Duluth, Georgia.
Amy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and 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.
APRIL GALINDO CPDT-KA, ABC-DT
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.
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