From paw to tail
We've got you Covered
Making A Difference
For people with different abilities and their canine friend
It all started with three friends, two dog trainers, Stacey Payne and Sharon Penny and a family Physician Katy Lopez, who are more like sisters. They had a dream of helping those less fortunate, those who have different abilities, and those who struggle navigating through life on their own. Their goal was to create a program that would encourage them to be their very best, not allowing those disabilities to stop them.
The three knew they could help out by training and providing service dogs for those who had different abilities, but they did not want to stop there. They saw first hand how these dogs change lives for them and others who were around them. So they created a program where these individuals could come and volunteer or be hired, giving them a sense of accomplishment and leading them to be more active and successful members in their communities.
With help from the community, we were blessed with fencing, paint, a new facility, handicap accessible equipment, and charitable donations the dream quickly became reality.
The cleanest training facility around and Covid compliant
We are known by our Positive Paws family for being overly clean.. When you open the doors to our facility, you will walk in to a clean smelling facility. Most people are amazed of this.
Our Therapy Dog Teams help with the facility grounds
Our Therapy Dog teams donated all of the landscape outside of Positive Paws. They work tirelessly in keeping the gardening up in the warmer months.
Covid 19 disinfect
Our staff work efficiently in disinfecting after every class. We use products that are not harmful to your pets. We have a sanitizing mister that sanitizes all surfaces throughout the facility. We call them GERM BUSTERS!
All of our staff wear masks and keep 6 ft apart as does all of our classes.
A fun place for your dogs
What do we offer to protect your dogs while they are in training with Positive Paws? We have rubber gym floors to protect their bones and joints, a dog TV playing to keep them entertained, and music to soothe their sweet souls. The facility also has agility equipment outside where they can run and have fun all while building confidence. Pools strategically place around for some bathing and one HUGE 4ft swimming pool with a ramp for a refreshing swim for our k9 angels and human trainers. As you can see, we also have oversized water bowls that act like a cooling down bath during the hot months.
Read to a Therapy Dog
Reading is fun, and our therapy dogs love it! Plus, they help us improve our reading skills. If you are interested in a reading session with one of our dogs, you may call us for more information.
Our training rooms are spacious and clean. We even have an off-leash area to work on advance training. This is where we hold our Therapy classes as well as our Service Dog Training classes. We teach Service Dogs to turn lights on and off, open drawers, doors, bring medicines when needed, and so much more. In the Service Dog world, this is called task training.
Every moment is a training moment
Your dogs are constantly training at PPK9A!
Our Therapy Dog Training Program will help your dog achieve that level of confidence they need to excel
Our facility is equipped with a stair lift for our wheelchair bound friends
Providing adequate land for socialization
Our dogs in training get to come for socialization, group training where they can run, communicate and play, leaving them tired and worn out at the end of the day.
We know that a well exercised dog is a good dog and a whole dog! A dog should be socialized throughout his or her life, this means allowing them to interact with many different dogs throughout the day.
We are not your typical training facility. We focus not only on the well-being of dogs, but we bring out the best of the humans as well. Every person is fully involved and responsible for the training of their dog from day one; this is true for all of our programs. We believe that if the human is involved In the training, the bond with their dog will be unbreakable.
We use only positive reinforcement and choice teaching methods to obtain our training goals.
The dogs that are in our Service Dog Program are from local recues, shelters, reputable breeders and sometimes can actually be the owners own dog, if qualified.
They all endure hours upon hours of training until they are tested and graduated, but it does not stop there.
PPK9A is well recognized in the community through great Therapy Dog Teams. Our teams volunteer at different facilities such as schools, healthcare facilities, jail, and court system to mention a few. But PPK9A also works with local shelters and rescues; we help these dogs become model canine citizens, making it easier to find their fur-ever home.
PPK9A does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs.