Company Mission Statement
We strive to be kind, compassionate, and comprehensive as we seek multiple ways to teach, learn, and share the knowledge that lift others to a higher place without diminishing them in the process.
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 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 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, 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.
MORGAN GLADSON, CPDT-KA
Morgan Gladson’s passion for animals started back when he worked on his grandfather’s farm, tending to the
animals. It wasn’t until Morgan got Ares, his German Pinscher, that he decided to become a dog trainer. Ares had extreme resource aggression and leash reactivity, and these troubles inspired Morgan to start learning about canine behavior, behavior modification, and obedience training. After working with Ares, Morgan began seeing positive changes. Ares’ stress level fell, and the bond between the two grew tremendously. Morgan's success with his beloved Ares made him realize that he wanted to continue down this path to help other dog owners have a peaceful, successful relationship with their furry companions too.
After two years of studying and practicing the science behind effective dog training and behavior modification and working as a veterinary technician, Morgan passed his CPDT-KA test and earned his national certification as a professional dog trainer. Morgan has extensive experience with obedience training, socialization, puppy rearing, behavior modification including but not limited to fear and aggression with people and other animals and resource guarding. Morgan is also a Canine Good Citizen instructor and evaluator.
Morgan lives in Kennesaw with his three dogs, and they all enjoy competitive sports. Ares (German Pincher) competes in nose work trials, Bentley (Black Lab) competes in frisbee and dock diving, and Jinx (Belgian Malinois) is training for French ring, dock diving, and frisbee.
TYLER BAKER, Canine Training Intern (sitting for his CPDT-KA in March 2019)
Tyler Baker has a passion for animals, and it shows in everything he does. His knowledge and experience gained from working in dog daycare, pet sitting, volunteering and fostering for Mostly Mutts in Kennesaw makes Tyler a great addition to our team. He teaches private lessons on basic obedience and helps people get new puppies off on the right paw. Tyler has been interning with Lisa Matthews since March of 2018 and is sitting for his National Trainer Certification Test (CPDT-KA) in March of 2019. Go, Tyler!
Tyler lives in Kennesaw and shares his home with his two dogs Beau and Phoebe. 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