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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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.

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Training Assistant

Diva grew up in a small town outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. She has been in love with animals and the outdoors her entire life. She found a passion for positive reinforcement training and enjoys learning more everyday! She hopes to become a certified trainer and help dogs in all walks of life! When not at work, Diva enjoys mountain biking, camping, or testing her creative abilities!

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Abby grew up around animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, lizards, hamsters, rats, and more. She currently has two dogs, one cat, and a rabbit. Abby wants to dedicate her life to helping animals live happier and more fulfilling lives. Her goal is to one day work at a sanctuary or rehabilitation center where she can interact with all kinds of animals up close all day. Abby has a certificate in Applied Animal Behavior.

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Daycare Attendant

Daycare Attendant

Jesse has wanted to work with animals his entire life, so working at Positive Pooches is his dream job. He has fun every single day with his coworkers, and loves getting to know all of your dog's unique personalities. When he's not at Positive Pooches you can find him collecting antiques, and spending quality time with his 2 dogs Jojo, and Chicken.

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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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