About Us

Pawsitive Canine Academy is one of the nations most effective and respected dog training services providing no-nonsense, "Real World" training methods throughout the Pacific Northwest. Serving dog owners from Portland, Or, Seattle, WA, Missoula, MT Spokane, WA and Canada in our multifaceted, secure and 24/7 staffed Canine Academy in Colbert, WA.

We will train any dog, regardless of breed, shape, size or history. We work to fix all dog behavior issues including excessive barking, growling, snapping, nipping, dog aggression (fighting), human aggression (biting), child aggression, pulling on leash, leash aggression, leash reactivity, skateboard/bike reactivity, resource guarding, jumping on people, and fear issues.
We also specialize in anxiety issues, separation anxiety, chewing and destroying household items, running away, not listening, door bolting, stealing food, getting into the trash, cat aggression, chasing game, and killing animals/game. We have a renowned reputation specializing in obedience training, which includes heeling and walking properly on a leash, sit/stay, down/stay, place, recall training (come to owner), and crate training.

Our Training services include Board and Train Behavioral Modification, 1 on 1 Training, Obedience Classes, Puppy Training programs, and Day School. Pawsitive Canine Academy has a reputation of being able to handle the most challenging dog behaviors and often times other dog trainers will refer their more serious cases to us. For more information on our services offered, please see our website and other social media pages.

Meet the trainers

Monique Smith

Monique Smith is the Owner and Head Trainer at Pawsitive Canine Academy. Monique attended Veterinary Technician School and completed her Internship with Jerry Ponti of Ponti Veterinary Hospital. Monique also attended Washington State University studying Animal Sciences. Monique completed Dog Obedience and Training from Penn Foster and furthered her education by becoming a Certified Master K9 Trainer from Canada West Canine Center.

Monique has also trained with world renowned trainers and experts, which has expanded on her already existing education in dog psychology and behaviors. Monique has a love for German Shepherds, she currently has many german shepherds ranging from newborn to 8 years. Monique and her husband Dave have had German Shepherds their entire relationship together, over 20 years. All of Monique's German Shepherds have one or more specialties in Protection, Tracking, Scent Detection (Narcotics and Explosives), Obedience, Agility, Confirmation or they are retired.

Monique creates and develops training plans for individual dogs. She makes sure that all dogs are succeeding in their training plans. Monique enjoys working on business development, creative education, business growth, website, marketing and social media.

Monique works in the field as a Certified Explosive and Narcotics K9 Handler and continues to pursue other business opportunities and community development and education pertaining to Narcotics and Explosives Detection needs.

Dave Smith

Dave is the Day School Bus Driver and Assistant Trainer. Dave makes sure everything is running smoothly, assists with clients and their dogs and helps with classes. Dave has always had a love for German Shepherds and loves the Working Dogs.