Professional Dog Training, Behavior Modification and Evaluation

At Pawsitive Manners we offer a variety of services that can be tailored to suit your needs and the needs of your dog(s) through one-on-one sessions. Group classes can be arranged if you and your friends would like to share the sessions. 

Working with a Certified Professional Dog Trainer helps you reach your goals for your dog faster and more efficiently. I use science based positive reinforcement training methods that are most effective and humane. I do not use, nor recommend, methods that use force, fear or pain. 

Please visit the Services page for a list of current services.

Pawsitive Manners can help you with:

  • Preparing your home for a new puppy
  • Caring for your new puppy
  • Puppy training and socialization
  • House training (potty training)
  • Obedience training for adolescent and adult dogs (sit, down, stand, stay, wait, leave-it, come, Find-It etc.)
  • Polite greeting (no jumping)
  • Loose leash walking (heeling)
  • Recall (coming when called)
  • Behavioral issues (barking, door dashing, pulling on leash, dog reactivity, shyness, fear, resource guarding, digging, chewing, leash reactivity) 

Maryam Kamali
Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Evaluator
Maryam [at]

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Archive for January 2011

How to improve your dog's reliability

Buddy Orso Sam

Here are some of the most common complains I hear from dog owners:

• He purposely ignores me
• He only listens to me at home
• He knows better

Does he really know better? Or is he confused? At the end of every session I give my clients their homework, give them one week to do it, and ask them to be sure to practice in as many different environments as possible. Why? Because dogs don’t generalize! If you taught your dog to sit in your living room, it doesn’t mean that he is going understand the command when you are on your front lawn. This is why it is absolutely crucial that we practice every command in different environments with different levels of distraction.

Always carry good quality treats with you when you are out and about with your dog. Don’t tell me that your dog should just obey you without any treats. What would you tell your boss if he told you that, and didn’t offer you any pay?

If your dog doesn’t listen, it could very well be that he doesn’t understand what you are asking of him. Repeating the command or raising your voice won’t help the situation. It’ll only confuse your dog and make him think that you are the one who needs help!

If you have been doing your homework and your dog is still not listening to you, then please contact me to make an appointment. There are other reasons that can affect a dog’s behavior and reliability.

Cheers to responsible dog parenting!


By maryam.

Dogs' Play Styles

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and personalities thanks to years of breeding for specific tasks. Not all dogs play the same, and none of them play like we do with our human friends.

Dogs have an amazing way of communicating with each other, though some aren’t very good at it especially if they haven’t been socialized enough with other dogs.

People often get nervous when their dog is playing with other dogs in a playgroup or at the park, because they see teeth flashing and dogs barking and playing “rough”. Many dogs enjoy the rough play and they love to bark while playing. Some love to nip at other’s back legs, face, ears and herding other dogs around.

Sometimes owners get stressed out when they witness such “rough” play then start shouting out their dog’s name. This can cause a perfectly happy and healthy play to turn into a dogfight.

Dogs are very much in tune with their owner’s emotions, and when they sense their stress, it makes them think that there is a problem. Yes! You guessed it! The owner transfers their stress to the dog, which causes the dog to react in his playgroup. This can cause dogfights to occur.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not suggesting that we allow our dogs to play unsupervised. I believe that we, as responsible dog owners, should educate ourselves about canine body language so that we can understand how our dogs feel and what they are trying to communicate. With better understanding about dog language, we can confidently supervise dogs at play and prevent fights from occurring!


By maryam.