Dog Training is an unregulated industry, so anyone can claim to be a dog trainer. When selecting a trainer, it is important to ensure they have the experience and knowledge to back up their claim. Karlene is a lifelong dog lover. She spent her growing up years working with her family’s dogs and horses. In the late 1980’s, she began helping other people train their dogs. In 2011, observing the number of seemingly unqualified people touting themselves as dog trainers, she looked for a way to set herself apart from the crowd.
The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) is a renowned organization, well respected for its certification programs. In order to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), applicants must have hundreds of hours of training experience, recommendations from other professionals, sign a code of ethics, and pass an extensive test.
Once certified, trainers must recertify every three years by acquiring CEUs (Continuing Education Credits) to ensure they keep their skills and knowledge current. Karlene chose to take the exam, and has been certified since 2011. She has maintained her certification by taking a wide range of courses to become a more knowledgeable trainer, has attended yearly conferences by both the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). She has also attended week-long training academies presented by trainer and author Pat Miller, CPDT, CBC.
In addition to her CPDT certification, Karlene is a professional member of both the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). While nearly anyone can become a member of these organizations, there are more stringent requirements to become a professional member. Karlene is also a certified evaluator of the APDT’s Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) program. She is an evaluator for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and S.T.A.R.Puppy programs, an evaluator for Therepy Pets Unlimited, and a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College. She is a Fear Free Certified Trainer as well.
Karlene is passionate about dogs and dog activities. She has trained, competed in and/or titled dogs in Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Agility and field events.
She has personally rescued and rehomed many dogs, and has worked with hundreds of dogs and their owners to help them learn to communicate better. In keeping with her love for homeless dogs, she consults for Paws Humane in Columbus, GA as their Dog Trainer and Behaviorist. In this role, she not only works with dogs, but provides staff training, trains and supervises a group of Volunteer Dog Trainers, and works with families and dogs post-adoption to help them transition. She truly is the area’s most experienced, knowledgeable trainer.
Kc Garzone, PMCT
Kc Garzone is a true animal lover. She got her first dog when she was 2 months old and likes to say she was riding horses before she was actually born. She grew up around various animals but dogs take up a special place in her heart. After deciding to pursue a career in dog training, Kc graduated from Animal Behavior College with honors. As she works toward becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) she has taken several intensive Intern Academies from renowned trainer, author and past CCPDT President Pat Miller. Kc is proud to have earned the title of Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT). Kc believes in using positive, science-based methods to improve communication between dogs and their owners, thereby enriching the lives of all involved.
As an Animal Behavior College student, Kc was mentored by Karlene. Karlene was impressed with her ability to work with dogs and their owners, and with the skills she possesses. Karlene asked Kc to join the Pawsitive Results Dog Training team, and was thrilled when she agreed to come aboard.
How We Train
There are many training methods and philosophies out there. At Pawsitive Results Dog Training, we place great importance on staying current on the latest studies in animal behavioral science. We use scientifically based training methods derived from these studies of how dogs learn. By evaluating why dogs behave the way they do, and helping owners understand how to give the dogs appropriate feedback, we faciliate better communication between dog and owner.
Our primary rewards are praise, treats and play. Our main training tools are flat buckle collars, front hook harnesses and headhalters. We do not yank dogs about or hang them by their necks, and we don’t hit or kick them. We do not use choke collars, prong collars or shock collars. We believe in using effective, humane methods of training that teach your dog what you want them to do rather than punishing them for displeasing you.
If you want to form a close, loving bond with your dog, explore our training methods and see where they take you!
What our clients say
Shirley Rose Glisson
Karlene is clearly a superior dog trainer, but her greatest strength may be in teaching the humans how to get the best from their dogs.
Karlene has helped me work with my dogs on numerous issues ranging from puppy class to behavioral issues. I have taken puppy classes, adult obedience and one on one work. I was extremely thankful for her knowledge and patience. I highly recommend her.
“From basic obedience to serious behavioral issues, Karlene is the lady to go to for all of your dog training needs. I have known Karlene for many years and she has been a valuable resource to me and my crew. Positive training methods, effective and easy to implement techniques at this training facility. Wouldn’t trust our dogs to anyone else.“
Karlene did an excellent job training me and my rescue dog Zoey! I constantly get comments on how well behaved Zoey is and how well she follows my commands. She is the Lee county dog whisperer, she has a way with dogs that I have never seen before. Our Zoey loves her and so do we!
“Karlene was so great with my mini dachshund. She was so tuned in to my pup’s behavior and stature that she was the first professional to notice my pup had a back issue. Karlene cares so much about the dog’s well-being and I am so grateful for my pup’s time spent with her.”
We have had a few training sessions with Karlene (with more to come) and she has helped us establish a way to communicate with our puppy. This has made all the difference in obedience and training, and we’re off to a great start. Training with Karlene was the best decision we made after bringing a new family member home.
I have seen amazing results, time after time, with Karlene’s positive training methods. She has a wonderful gift for teaching dogs AND their owners, which makes all the difference in ongoing training for years to come. I highly recommend Pawsitive Results Dog Training for your pups!
Ms. Karlene was amazing with our German Shepherd Faith! She had Faith listening and understanding in no time and she gave us the tools we needed to continue with the training! Amazing dog trainer and excellent person to work with.
Karlene is the best, most knowledgeable trainer I have ever come across. In my 20+ years as a dog owner, I have been through many different obedience trainings, and my husband and I both agree that the experience and expertise she brings is unmatched for anything from basic obedience to specific behavior issues. Karlene, you are a gift!!
I’ve worked with a number of dog trainers over the years and Karlene is at the top of my list. Over the past 6 years she has not only helped me with my own dogs but also with a number of foster dogs who were able to go into loving forever homes after smoothing out the rough edges. Karlene understands both dogs and the people who love them. She is insightful and will clearly explain what is going on with your beloved pet and how to work positively with him or her.
In the past 10 years, I have sought advice on different issues from Karlene and have found her to be gracious with her time and her vast knowledge of animals. She is devoted to the care and well being of all animals and I have recommended her to friends and family in the years since Amos and I were her students.
Karlene’s tips and advice over behavioral issues, food choices, medications and spay and neuter dilemmas I’ve had has helped very much. With all the information and differing opinions available on the internet, having a knowledgeable and trusted go-to source is very, very much appreciated!
We got Prissy from a rescue, and she showed behavior problems from the beginning… We were desperate and on the verge of returning her when we called Karlene. Karlene immediately began working with Prissy, and we saw improvement right away. Today she is a happy, well-behaved dog, but without Karlene’s help, patience and encouragement we might not have her today. Karlene worked wonders for both Prissy and us!
Karlene worked one on one with Samson in public and at my home. He was having aggression and dominance issues. She then took him out in public and taught him the correct way to interact with strangers. He became a therapy dog.
Twelve years ago I adopted my first pet dog from the humane shelter. Shortly after adopting my puppy I enrolled in a puppy class taught by Karlene. Karlene’s puppy class was extremely helpful. Izzy and I learned some basic commands and Izzy got some socialization time. I also got tips for successful crate training and house training and even how to teach Izzy tricks. Learning how to train my dog using positive reinforcement was an investment that is still paying off today.
Unleash your dog’s potential!