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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.

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