Positive Interactions. Positive Experiences. Positive Reinforcement.
Pets are furry family members and deserve the same love and respect as their humans. My mission with Positive Paws Pet Services is to help enrich the lives of these special creatures and strengthen the human-animal bond by providing positive experiences through loving care, exercise, training, and behavior advice.
Why Positive Paws?
Owned and operated by a licensed veterinary technician with years of experience treating and caring for patients, as well as managing an animal hospital What is an LVT?
Insured and registered sole proprietorship based in the state of Maryland
Knowledge and skills to respond quickly and appropriately to signs of illness or medical problems; and more importantly, take steps to avoid them in the first place
No negativity - No aversive devices, reprimands, or negative actions in the care of your pet
Elite Fear Free Certified Professional - Specialized training in animal behavior, body language, and appropriate training and handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress What is Fear Free?
Tailored services to meet your needs
Firmly believe in treating my clients the way they want to be treated
Fellow pet parent - those three pictured above are mine!
Attention to detail, reliable, responsible
Support local business
Mid-day Dog Walk or Run
Rate: $20 to $25 per walk
Dogs of all ages benefit physically and mentally from 5-10 minutes of stimulating play or exercise twice a day. Exploration and play helps keep old dogs young and young dogs appropriately stimulated (so they’re not as intrigued by socks on the floor, or food on the counter). Mid-day walks are perfect for busy families, puppies, high energy dogs, and older dogs who may need extra attention.
I provide 20-30 minutes of walking, running, and/or playing for up to 2 dogs at a time. If weather or other factors interfere with outdoor play time, I have games and activities that can be played indoors to make sure your dog still gets the mental stimulation needed each day. While visiting your home, I will also fill water bowls, give treats and any food or medication needed, and perform any additional requested grooming or medical services.
I use Scout so you get real-time updates about your dog's walk, GPS tracking, photos, and a report card. Scout allows you to make schedule requests, automate payments, and update yours and your pet's information as needed. Just download the Scout for Pet Parents app!
Mid-day walks are available Monday through Friday and are performed between 10am and 3pm. Call, text, or email me to discuss your pet's needs and schedule service.
*10% discount when 12+ walks scheduled per month*
While you're away, you can relax knowing your pet is in the care of someone you can trust to care for him or her as one of their own. Plus, placing your pet under the supervision of an experienced veterinary medical professional allows you the peace of mind that should a medical problem arise in your absence, it will be handled appropriately and efficiently.
Pet sit visits include feeding, watering, exercising, and socializing. Additionally, mail and packages may be collected and brought inside, trash and recycling taken to the curb, plants watered, etc.
I use Scout so you get real-time updates about your pet's care, GPS tracking of any walks your dog goes on, photos, and a report card. Scout allows you to make schedule requests, automate payments, and update yours and your pet's information as needed. Just download the Scout for Pet Parents app!
Additional services available include:
Anal gland expression: $15-20
Bath: $5 per 10 minutes
Brush and clip mats: $20
Ear cleaning +/- plucking: $15-30
Nail trim +/- dremel: $10-25
Shave down: $5 per 10 minutes
Call, text, or email me to schedule service! I have limited availability for this service and will give preference to pets with existing medical conditions (including anxiety-related disorders).
Training and Behavior
The number one reason for pet relinquishment to shelters is inappropriate behavior.
Many pets suffer from behavioral disorders, including fears, phobias, and anxiety. I can provide counseling to help you and your pet cope with and overcome these issues. Behavior consultations are $30 per hour and begin with a thorough behavior questionnaire and in-person meeting. Please contact me if you are interested in a consultation.
To get your puppy started on the right paw, Puppy Start Right Preschool is a puppy socialization and basic training course for puppies in the critical socialization period (7-16 weeks of age). Puppy parents attend an online orientation followed by four 1-hour in-person classes with other puppies and families. Alternatively, you may choose to have private lessons, but the group class is highly recommended for socialization purposes. Classes are held once per week and provide opportunities for puppies to safely explore, socialize, and be exposed to new things. A properly socialized and trained puppy is polite, less likely to have behavior disorders including fear and anxiety, and more likely to be a companion - rather than a nuisance.
Puppy Start Right Preschool requires active participation in class and at home. Your puppy will learn from YOU, which will create trust in YOU, and allow YOU and YOUR puppy to bond.
Group classes are limited to 6 puppies. One-on-one, in-home classes are available by request. Registration includes orientation and 4 in-person classes, Puppy Start Right book, Puppy Start Right video package, treat pouch, and clicker.
*Group classes not currently available, please contact me if you'd like to be notified once they become available again*
To register, please:
2. You’ll receive an email with the Vet Health Certificate form to be completed prior to your first class (group only), instructions for accessing the videos, your puppy’s class schedule, and next steps for retrieving class materials and completing Orientation.
Group class: $135
Private class: $275
Veterinary Professional Services
I have over 7 years of veterinary experience (general practice), half of those years as a licensed veterinary technician and practice manager. I have always enjoyed mentoring and teaching new staff, and have a variety of skills and knowledge that I would love to share with your team. My primary interests are pain management, behavior, and dentistry.
I can provide the following services for your clients in their homes:
Subcutaneous fluid administration
At-home blood glucose curve for diabetics
Hot spot clean up
In your practice, I can help with:
Fear Free implementation
References from veterinarians with whom I’ve worked closely available upon request.
Fear Free Lectures and Training
If you are a:
Animal hospital owner or practice manager
Pet services provider of any kind
and you would like to learn about Fear Free, please contact me! I can provide lectures, lunch and learns, and training for you and your team. More information coming soon!