About Positively Pet Partners LLC
Positively Pet Partners LLC was founded in March 2013 by Certified Dog Trainer, Judy Tarasek. While her love of animals has been lifelong, Judy’s expertise has been expanding for 10 years and counting. Prior to becoming a dog trainer, Judy was employed in Information Technology for 30 years. While employed in this industry, Judy adopted and fostered shelter dogs and cats as well as her own pets for over 35 years. After becoming a volunteer at a local animal shelter, she decided to pursue her passion, leave Corporate America and become a Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer. Judy started volunteering at the local municipal shelter in December 2011, socializing and walking all breeds of dogs. She interned at Bideawee in Westhampton, NY for 6 months, under the head trainer and behaviorist, and received high marks on her performance. She also volunteered at Bideawee.
Judy was certified as a Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer in December 2012 by Animal Behavior College. She is a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She is also working with one of her own dogs towards Good Canine Citizenship Certification which will eventually lead to becoming a therapy dog. Judy worked with Animal Behavior College as a Mentor Trainer for 3 years with Student Dog Trainers during their externship. She continues to foster and rehab shelter dogs both before and after adoption.
She is dedicated to promoting the idea of positive reinforcement dog training. Positive reinforcement training uses praise and food/treats to reward your dog for performing a desirable behavior. Because reward-based training ensures that a dog is more likely to repeat the desired behavior, positive reinforcement is one of the most powerful tools for shaping and changing your dog’s behavior. Punishment techniques only serve to frighten or stress and do not develop trust between you and your dog. That is why she only uses reward based training.
Judy keeps up with the latest trends in the pet industry so she can advise her clients, answer their questions, and be able to refer them to a reliable professional, such as a vet, when needed.
Judy continues to take classes and keep up on the latest positive reinforcement training techniques and animal behavior research so she can bring the most up-to-date training methods to her clients and their dogs.