Pawsitive Thinking

About Beverly
Client Experiences
Dog Training Book

Preparing for class 2001 with Surrie and Dozer
with my 2 canines (both have since passed, but are still with me in spirit)


I have worked with dogs for over 40 years, and full time since 2000.  For 20 years, I ran Software sales organizations, and went on to train salespeople in a variety of industries, but my passion was for animals.  I now enjoy training canines full time, and teaching dog handlers as well as owners about canine basic obedience.  I was the Lead Trainer at A LUCKY DOG where I designed, taught and certified their trainers nationwide.  I also taught Petco Canine Education associates in Northern California how to be certified Petco trainers.  I was also a Trainer for Animal Behavior College.   I held dog training classes every week at Petco for over 12 years, Pacifica Parks and Recreation dept, and in individual sessions, so I work with 300 - 400 dogs a year.  I also teach a Pet First Aid Course (based on the American Red Cross).   I also am one of the founders and past president of POOCH (a 501c3 group that help build the first dog park in Pacifica).

The book we have written (Well, Dozer the dog wrote, but I translated) is available and it will really help owners become great parents with well behaved dogs.   Dozer tells the truth about what Pawsitive Thinking is about.

I specialize in behavior problems,  and the dog training classes include; puppy and basic obedience training, CGC preparation classes (intermediate basic obedience) and trick/clicker training.   

I am a professional member of NAAB (National Association of Animal Behaviorists).  I've also been qualified by The American kennel Club to test for the Canine Good Citizen certification, and am a current member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals).  

I began my education at UC Davis, got my MBA at CSU Sacramento (Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year with a 4.0 GPA), and continue my canine education at ongoing courses including those from APDT, IACP, University Of Colorado Veterinary School and Duke University.

 I have basically gone to the dogs. 

Animal Behavior College
I am currently a Mentor/Trainer for ABC

Contact information:

Nandi and Tigger 2014
2 of my senior adoptees

Dagmar and Hamish
Adopted 2017

Successes have included a variety of breeds:   Wolves, Chihuahuas, Pit-bulls and several All Americans (very mixed breeds).   I enjoy working with puppies and their owners, and solving mysteries of canine behavior.  I have been trained at UC Davis in Learning Theory and Ethology, and predominately use Operant Conditioning, Classical Conditioning, Counter conditioning, and Desensitization (Behavior modification and Positive reinforcement).  Dogs and Owners alike have fun while learning.


Some of my specialties include:

  • Separation anxiety reduction,
  • Addressing common behavior issues like excessive barking, digging, pulling, jumping and mouthing or biting.
  • Mommy and doggie preparation for the big event day,
  • Aggressive dog behavior modification
  • Teaching good manners:  Peace when visitors arrive, sitting quietly for attention and other gentle behaviors
  • And of course, Puppy training

An active member with
A Hightly respected professional Organization

I am also a Professional Member of :
Professional Member
In Safe Hands

National Association of Animal Behavorist
Profession organization

I'm a Canine Good Citizen tester
American Kennel Club certified


You can learn more about my proven methodology by reading the book:

"Sit, Down, Stay: Dog Training So Easy A Human Can Do It



It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog that comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. - Anonymous

Nandi 2015
Held in a cage for 9 years, she couldn't walk, then for several years she ran and was free and happy

NEWS!!!! This proven dog training methodology is available for humans:  Dozer (the dog who helped start Pawsitive Thinking) has written a book  (Bev -his human, translated). 
"Sit, Down, Stay:
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