Pawsitive Training Works!

PAWSITIVE WORx’ positive reinforcement and behavior science based training and behavior solutions strengthen your relationship with your dog and develop a more confident, happy and well-behaved pup.  We offer convenient, custom, in-home training.

About The Trainer

6Stacy Block, KPA-CTP, CNWI is a certified positive reinforcement based dog trainer and a certified nose work instructor. She earned her training certification from the renowned Karen Pryor Academy.

Stacy is committed to and uses the most current, gentle, science-based, positive training and behavior modification techniques. She follows modern behavior science models and methods of the industry’s positive reinforcement leaders including Ian Dunbar, Sophia Yin, Patricia McConnell, Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, Grisha Stewart, Emily Larlham and others. Committed to lifelong learning, Stacy regularly attends continuing education seminars conducted by national and  international leaders. Stacy is also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Stacy’s continuing education has included seminars and workshops such as:

  • Ian Dunbar: Dog Aggression – Fighting
  • Sue Sternberg: Dog-Dog Group Dynamics: Healthy Interaction vs. Aggression
  • Ken Ramirez: Concept Training, Complex Behaviors, Non-Food Reinforcers
  • Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.: Reducing Behavior with Reinforcement
  • Nicole Wilde: Helping the Fearful Dog, Separation Anxiety and Dog-Dog Play
  • Trish King: Dog-Dog Aggression

Stacy is also a certified K9 nose work instructor (CNWI) and teaches Nose Work group classes. She earned her certification from the the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the only certifying organization in the sport and the very first organization in the sport. She’s also a member of  theUnited States Canine Scent Sports (USCSS) associations\. Stacy started in this sport with her dog-reactive dog Jett (who has since passed away) and now enjoys the sport with her dog, Stella.

Jett: NACSW NW1 title, ORT Certified (Birch, Anise and Clove), USCSS Detection Dog Classic Novice title

Stella: NACSW NW1 title, ORT Certified (Birch, Anise, Clove), USCSS Detection Dog Class Novice title

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Jett, a handsome border collie-australian shepherd mix, is Stacy’s furry child. In her life before dog training, she helped rescue him from a family that didn’t know how to handle a multiple dog household and weren’t quite up to the task of helping Jett learn to cope in what was a stressful environment for him. Stacy briefly fostered Jett and then became a foster failure and adopted him. Jett began his new life with Stacy as an anxious and fearful boy, who was reactive to loud noises, cars, dogs, certain body handling and strangers. Using positive reinforcement and praise-based methods and lots of love, Stacy helped Jett become a more confident and happy boy who loves walks, hikes, riding in the car, play – and can more calmly handle unfamiliar dogs and people approaching.