I have decided to retire from dog training!

I have been mulling over the idea of letting go of dog training and have decided that, although I love my clients (human and canine), I have been doing this for almost 20 years, and there are some things that I wish to accomplish while I have the energy and motivation to do so!


Here are some important details:

I will be available for Zoom call consults. Please contact me for more information: 740-587-0429, or jfs@juliefudgesmith-author.com.

My contact information will remain the same, so please stay in touch!


So what will I be doing? Thank you for asking!

I will continue to blog about dogs and co-host Your Family Dog with Tina Spring. And, as many of you know, I have written and published a novel, The Beast Keepers, and am currently at work on my second one. (Note: The Beast Keepers was named a finalist in two major awards! Check out my author page to learn more!) I also have nine wonderful grandchildren to spend time with (ranging in age from 1 year to 14 years), dogs of my own to train and play with, and travel plans that I no longer wish to put off.  

It has been one of my greatest joys to serve the people and dogs of central Ohio. I have learned so much from all of my clients, and am very grateful for the many slobbery kisses, wiggly hellos, and silky ears that have graced my life. Moreover, to have the opportunity to witness the joy that comes from dogs and their people learning to live together well has been an amazing, fulfilling, and humbling experience. I will be forever in your debt for enriching my life beyond measure.

Thank you, and please give your dog a treat from me.

It’s never too late to train your dog!

Welcome to A Positive Connection Dog Training!

You want your dog to be a well-behaved member of your family, and private training using positive reinforcement can help you achieve that goal.

I am Julie Fudge Smith. I have been training dogs professionally since 2003 and started A Positive Connection in 2007. As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, I am committed to humane, dog friendly, private training that will give you the skills you need to train your canine companion.

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 your pup become the best dog possible!

Your Family Dog


Tina Spring and I have teamed together to bring you Your Family Dog Podcast in which we offer simple solutions to common canine problems.

It’s our mission to help families love living with dogs. Find us wherever you get your podcasts. 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.

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Duncan took a couple of classes from us 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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I’m here to help you develop a positive connection with your dog that will lead to a lifetime of fun and learning.

Please check out my blog: How to Choose a Dog Trainer, to help you decide if I am the right trainer for you. You can also listen to our podcast Choosing A Dog Trainer.

If you have any questions about choosing a trainer, please contact me at: julie@apositiveconnection.com, or call 740-587-0429, and lets talk dogs!