Owner / Head Trainer Jeri Lynn Vosburgh
CCPDT-KA, Tellington TTouch Practitioner, CGC Evaluator
I have been training dogs for over 30 years. In 2008 I began formal education for dog training, studying and practicing methodology for dangerous dogs, show dogs, and everything in between. I opened my own business in 2009, became the manager of Positive Approach in 2010, and subsequently bought that business in 2011. Positive Approach, Inc. is now well known for high quality dog training, daycare, grooming, boarding, and retail goods.
Jeri Lynn is certified as a professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first to offer a national certification program for dog trainers. Candidates who pass the CCPDT’s examinations earn specific designations which may be used after their names. All certificates must earn continuing education units to maintain their designations. They must also adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in their practices.
Jeri Lynn has also been qualified by the AKC (American Kennel Club) to test and certify dogs for its nationally-recognized Canine Good Citizen program. This certification identifies dogs that have the training and behaviors needed to be reliable, well-behaved members of their households and communities.
Jeri Lynn is a Professional Premium Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.
Jeri Lynn is a full member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), a worldwide organization that provides a professional registry, representation and education to ‘force-free’ pet care providers and the public with an emphasis on building collaboration among ‘force-free’ dog training professionals.
Jeri Lynn is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. IAABC members have diverse practices and methodologies, and believe in the study and science of behavior consulting. We understand that animal behavior consultants can assist owners in managing and modifying problem behaviors, and in the process help strengthen the relationships between an owner and pet.
Trainer Angie Cooke
I am Angie Cooke. I have been a trainer at Positive Approach for 2 1/2 years. My love for dogs and enjoyment working with people are what brought me into the profession.
My hobbies, other than dogs, are: boating, gardening, and painting.
Trainer Samantha Fuentes
Samantha Fuentes is an exotic and domestic animal trainer. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Michigan State university and certifications of Professional Dog Training and Veterinary Assistant from Animal Behavior College. She has trained marine mammals, exotic birds, and dogs for over 10 years. Samantha is an AKC certified CGC evaluator and has experience training several classes and levels of dogs.
Trainer Sheila Hetrick
CCPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator
My love for dogs has been with me all my life. I have always owned dogs. In fact, I feel that my life would not be complete without dogs. My interest in training came to me around 2014. I volunteer at the Tacoma Humane Society walking dogs and working with the behavior modification team there. I joined Positive Approach in 2015 as an apprentice for training. At Positive Approach I have been training for about 2 ½ years. I really enjoy working with the dogs and even the clients of Positive Approach. I became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed in 2018. I really can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me, I do know that it will involve working with the dogs.