The Team

Get to know the staff of Positive Pooches!

Carol Saunders, Owner

Carol has always been surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes.  When she moved away for college, she was without a 4-legged companion for the first time in her life.  While at Southern Oregon University, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in behavior, and a Bachelor’s degree in Art.


At her first opportunity to work with animals, she took it and never looked back.  She took a job in Tigard, OR as a daycare attendant for a busy dog daycare/boarding/training facility.  There she worked with two wonderful mentors who led her down the path to positive reinforcement dog training.  When the head trainer left, she was offered a chance to assist in the successful training program. She joined the APDT, and took every opportunity to learn new training techniques to help her students succeed.


Life led her to move to Newport, OR to help start up a new dog daycare/boarding facility with her family.  There was a need to have positive reinforcement training available for the area, and Carol knew she was the person to do it.  Once the daycare was up and running, she started searching for her own daycare to run.

Carol is now in Algona, WA as the owner/manager of Positive Pooches.  Positive Pooches used to be Primo PetCare in Auburn, WA. When she moved the business to its current location, she changed the name to better suit the services Positive Pooches provides.


Outside of the daycare Carol lives with her husband Matt. She has two dogs: Ein, a Corgi/Pomeranian mix, and Volt, a Beagle/Chihuahua mix. Also,  three cats named Ed, Tess, and Newt.

Carol is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and is working towards becoming a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through CCPDT.  She has earned a CTC (Certificate in Training and Counseling) from the prestigious dog training school, The Academy for Dog Trainers, led by Jean Donaldson of the San Francisco SPCA. She is a long time member of the American Psychology Association.  Carol is a certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor.



Angie has always wanted to work with animals and at Positive Pooches she gets to work with dogs everyday! It's such a great opportunity to be able to have a job where she can learn so much about dogs while having fun at the same time. Outside of work Angie loves spending time with her husband and their dogs Bolo, Zoey, and Crowley.


Daycare Attendant

Growing up, Mia had always had a soft spot for animals. She loves taking care of dogs. Her dream is to become a vet tech and she is working hard everyday to achieve that. Outside of work, Mia enjoys hanging out with her dogs, Bean and Buddy, grabbing some boba, going on long night drives, and finding new music to enjoy.


Training Manager

Passionate about dogs and dog behavior, Sudee loves working at Positive Pooches where she's learning every day! Being around dogs is her favorite place to be, and has two Huskies at home that never fail to make her smile. Outside of work, you can find her trying new foods, quoting The Office in casual conversation, or playing the ukulele.


Training Associate

Kayla has always had a passion for animals. She got her bachelor's of science degree from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. While there, she spent a majority of her time conducting research with her degree program, and swimming in the ocean. She likes to spend her time hiking and backpacking with her dog Nyx.


Cleaner Extraordinaire

Anna is a fast learner and hard worker who never stops doing her best.  She enjoys being able to play with the dogs and giving them baths, and working with her co-workers. She also enjoys spending time with her dog Sampson.

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