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Welcome! I want your dog to be the best dog possible! Group classes or private training can help your canine companion become a loyal, well-behaved member of your family. Love your dog as much as he loves you.
I am Julie Fudge Smith. I have been training dogs professionally since 2003 and started a positive connection in 2007. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. I am committed to humane, dog friendly services which will provide you with individualized family dog training, dog behavior assessments, and Canine Good Citizen® training and evaluations. I want to help your dog achieve his goal of becoming a well-mannered member of the family.

Quirky animal behaviors have inspired my line of animalcentric designs, a collection of whimsical drawings that encapsulate the goofy, loving, and fulfilling aspects of life with animals.

Soon to be launched is A Dog Trainer’s Guide to Pet Sitting, an online program that teaches pet sitters how to improve their services by learning to apply dog-training skills to pet care.

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Duncan has taken our puppy class and our intermediate
class and look at how happy he is to come to Mom!
Discover the joy of training and you too can have a boom-a-rang dog!

Dog Training


I’m dedicated to helping you develop a positive connection with your dog that will lead to a lifetime of fun and learning through private and group obedience classes. I want to know what you consider to be a well-mannered dog so that I can design a program that will help you achieve your training goals. Please call 740-587-0429.


A Guide To Pet Sitting


Coming soon,  A Dog Trainer’s Guide to Pet Sitting! This program is designed to give pet sitters an edge over their competition by providing knowledge and skills  used by positive reinforcement trainers. The program will feature monthly webinars, a member’s only section with resources and follow up information to all webinars, a blog, and more. Some of the topics covered will be low-stress handling, canine stress signals, equipment, daycare, play behavior, warning signs in puppies, effective management techniques, and more. If you are interested in learning more, click on learn more below! Thank you