Karlene Turkington,

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!


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