**Reminder - there will be no playgroups Friday, September 11.
ABOUT US: Pawsitive Paws Academy uses positive, reward based training to help your dog choose appropriate behaviors. While many of the behaviors dogs exhibit are inappropriate to us, we must remember that they are natural behaviors to them. It is important to teach your dog when these particular behaviors are acceptable and when they are not. PPA offers class instruction for both puppies and adult dogs to learn appropriate behaviors and manners, as well as to be successful around distractions, such as other people and other dogs. While some of our other classes appear to be for fun, they are excellent ways to build confidence and teamwork as well. The academy also has private instruction available for a variety of situations. If someone cannot attend the classes or may have a dog that cannot handle the class environment, private instruction may be for you. Each dog is approached as an individual, and more often, they can be worked into the class environment with a little extra help. The puppy and adult playgroups are going strong on Wednesday AND Friday nights, private instruction is available, and grooming is off to a squeaky clean start! We have nail trims for $5, or basic grooms (bath/nails/ears) from $18-$28. Our trainers have a variety of experiences. Please scroll down to meet us!
You can reach us at 319-362-1991, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our training facility is located at 137 30th St Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA; just off 1st Avenue, the 2nd gray building on the right with the red roof!
Our trainers have a wide variety of experiences between them and all are Pet CPR/First Aid Trained.
Chuck and Connie Adams are Animal Behavior College Certified Trainers who have taught puppy and adult obedience, rally obedience, therapy, and manners based classes for the Kirkwood Continuing Education Canine Unit (KCCCU) for the last 5-6 years, with additional experience in off leash training. Both are AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluators. Connie and Chuck have taught agility for Kirkwood for the last 5 years, and trained flyball for 21 years collectively! They also compete and have titled with their dogs with their dogs in agility, flyball, and rally obedience. Their canine children include a retired Golden Retriever, a Parson Russell Terrier, and a Border Collie.
Penny Colby is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, an Animal Behavior College mentor, and a member of the Musical Dog Sport Association. She is a 1996 graduate of the Kirkwood Pet Grooming Program, a member of the Iowa State Professional Dog Groomers Association, and pet Nutrition Counselor for the Science Diet Pet Nutrition Counselor Program. She has written articles for the MDSA newsletter Spotlight, and is constantly updating her canine education and certifications through dog training, including the University of Pheonix and Raising Canine. Penny has many years of dog training experience, including training for 4RK9’s and KCCCU in Cedar Rapids. Penny has trained a variety of sizes and breeds, accumulating 38 titles between them in various dog sports such as flyball, Rally, CGC, and TDI.
Stephanie Neff has been training for the Kirkwood Continuing Education Canine Unit for the last 3 years in puppy and adult obedience, rally obedience, and agility. She has competed and titled with her dogs in agility, flyball, and rally obedience, and has passed the Delta test for pet therapy. Stephanie has 2 Weimaraners and an All American dog at home.
Dawn Roth has trained for the Kirkwood Continuing Education Canine Unit for the last 5 years. Her teaching experience includes puppy and basic obedience, pet therapy, rally obedience, off leash training, and agility. She has competed and titled in flyball and rally obedience with her dogs, and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She also has grooming experience. Dawn stays busy at home with her retired lab mix, smooth collie, a rat terrier, a dachschund, and a border collie in addition to her cats and birds.