Company Mission Statement
We strive to be kind, compassionate, and comprehensive as we seek multiple ways to teach, learn, and share knowledge.
Lisa Matthews, Nationally Certified 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, Nationally Certified CPDT-KA, ABC-DT
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.
April Galindo, Nationally Certified 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.
MADELINE SNYDER, Certified ABC-DT
Madeline Snyder is a 2016 graduate of Animal Behavior College where she earned her certification as a dog trainer (ABC-DT). She interned with PPT under April Galindo (ABC-DT, CPDT-KA) from 2016 until starting as a part-time trainer with us in 2018. She is currently working towards her National Certified Professional Dog Trainer certification (CPDT-KA). Being raised with many dogs always at her side, she has been passionate about and connected to dogs since she can remember. She has many years of pet sitting experience and has been working at Bubba’s Pet Emporium since 2016. She has experience with not only dogs and cats, but a variety of small animals. She is also knowledgeable in pet diet and nutrition. Madeline holds puppy 101, Basic Manners, and Adolescent Cues classes at Bubba’s Pet Emporium in Alpharetta, GA and teaches private puppy, basic, and adolescent lessons.
Madeline lives in Sugar Hill, Georgia, with her fiancé and their four dogs, two cats, chinchilla, and rats. She enjoys preparing new vegan meals with her fiancé, hoop dancing, and making art in her spare time.
Tyler Baker, Nationally CertifiedCPDT-KA
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.
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