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 2012

Gift ideas for DoGs in your life!

Dogs Playing With Toys

Christmas is upon us and most people are busy thinking of gift ideas for their loved ones, and that includes the furry ones too.

I came up with a list of items that you can gift to dogs in your life, no matter what season you are in or what part of the planet you call home. Dogs are here to enrich our lives with their love, wittiness, goofiness, cuteness, happiness, life lessons, and a whole lot more.

So how can we enrich their lives? I believe the minimum is to feed them nutritious food, to show them that they are safe, loved and protected, to be responsible parents to them, and to walk them twice daily unless they are taken out for a really nice and long hike once a day.

Here is the list of gift items that can be very stimulating, engaging, and entertaining… In other words these items can help us enrich our dogs lives.
Please note that all of the following items can be found at most major pet stores, and online.

• The linkables

Nina Ottossons Puzzle Toys or similar puzzle toys that make the dog to think creatively to retrieve his food or treats.

• Most dogs love to chew on raw marrowbones. It keeps them busy, entertained, and is a wonderful natural toothbrush for dogs.

Buster Cube

• I think every dog should have at least a couple of Kongs. Stuff them with yummy treats and store them in the freezer. Pull one out when you need one.

• A session or a package of sessions with a professional positive reinforcement dog trainer. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to more places and you won’t have to leave them at home as often. They are also happier as they know what is expected of them, and what they can expect from you. No room will be left for anxiety and stress to ruin your relationship with your dog.

I would love to hear your feedback, so please make a comment or send me an email with your thoughts, ideas and suggestions.
If you like this list, please share it with your dog loving peeps!
Warm Woofs!

By maryam.

Keeping your pets safe on Halloween

Halloween is here and all the festivities and fun that go along with it. Here are some tips on keeping your four-legged family members safe…

1. Do not leave doors and windows open
As trick or treaters come and go, please make sure that your dogs and cats don’t run away. Constant knocking on the door and all the strange costumes can stress out our pets, and sometimes if they find an open door or window they may just leave!

2. Candy wrappers
If you find candy wrappers on the ground, please pick them up. They can carry the smell of the candy that was in them and if swallowed by our dogs, it can cause bowl obstruction which will require surgery.

3. Xylitol
A substance that is in most candies, which can be extremely dangerous to our pets’ health.

4. Chocolate covered raisins
Another deadly combination, as both chocolate and raisins are highly toxic for dogs to eat.

5. Pet costumes
Look for buttons and decorations on your pets’ costumes that can be easily chewed off and eaten. Also please make sure that they don’t overheat inside their costumes.

6. Glow in the dark sticks
Glow in the dark items have phenol, and are not appropriate for dogs to chew on. If phenol leaks out, it will burn the dog’s mouth and tongue.

Wishing you and your furry friends a very happy and safe Howloween!


By maryam.