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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 Professional Dog Trainers and The American Kennel Club. 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.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, julie@apositiveconnection.com, or 740-587-0429. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to fully enjoy the canine in your life.

Please note that I am suspending training classes, as well as private lessons until June of 2019. My husband received a fellowship at Princeton for the academic year, and I am taking this time to work on various writing projects as well as continue to podcast Your Family Dog with Colleen Pelar. 

Your Family Dog


Colleen Pelar and I have teamed together to bring you Your Family Dog Podcast in which we offer simple solutions to common canine problems. We believe life is better with a dog, and we hope you think so too! It’s our mission to help families love living with dogs. Find us on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher. If you like what you hear, please consider giving us a review. And if you have a question or idea you would like to share, email us at: feedback@yourfamilydogpodcast.com.

Watch This

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!

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For two years running A Positive Connection has been awarded a Best of 2015 award and again in 2016 because of our great customer reviews. We have also been a Top Pro for two years. Thank-you to our wonderful clients for helping us to become one of Thumbtack’s most highly-rated businesses.

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. Currently I am not accepting any new clients as I am taking a year to work on some writing projects as well as continue podcastingI will also continue to blog and if you are looking for a trainer please check out: How to Choose a Dog Trainer as well as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Trainer Search Page. If you have any questions about choosing a trainer, please feel free to contact me at: julie@apositiveconnection.com