We’re glad you stopped by to visit Pawsitive Center! Methods are important, we believe in science-based force-free training and are dedicated in helping guide you and your dog to be the best you can be!
Effective animal training does not require pain, fear, or force. We use treats, toys, praise and positive physical touch (whatever your dog finds as a valuable reward) to make training a fun and successful experience.
“The ability to use non-coercive, non-scary, non-painful techniques to enhance cognitive processes that facilitate beneficial changes in underlying mental and emotional states may not be simple and is not instantaneous. But it is safe, sane, based in emergent science, in the best interests of the dog….and it works. No other approach can say this.”
-Dr. Karen Overall
Training should encourage Teamwork. Kindness. Understanding. Trust.
Meet the Team
Leah LeFevre, ABCDT
Owner/Operator, Head Trainer
Leah, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, has always had a passion for working with dogs and after adopting Tucker who was very fearful, she did a lot of research and training with him. Watching Tucker build confidence and trust through training was so amazing and rewarding that Leah wanted to learn more about dog behavior. She attended Animal Behavior College, and in 2015 she left her corporate job to follow her dreams. She is dedicated to furthering her education and has spent several years volunteering in local shelters and rescues. Leah has been a foster, and a “foster failure”, for Recycle-a-Bull Bully Breed Rescue, and that is where Karl, Keno & Flashy came from.
Leah lives in Syracuse, NY with her multiple dogs & 2 cats.
Assistant to the Regional Manager, Demo Dog
Keno was found in the City of Syracuse and brought to our local shelter he was quickly transferred to Recycle-a-Bull Bully Breed Rescue where Leah became his foster mom. He immediately knew he was home but it took Leah a little bit to figure that out. Keno has been assisting with training lessons since 2017, he helps dogs who are fearful & lacking confidence, assists with leash reactivity, demos obedience and is the best co-worker a girl could ask for. Keno is also an amazing ambassador for bully breeds.
Favorite Activities: Dock Diving (DE, DMA, DM, DS), Fetch, romping around with his brothers & dog friends, being the happiest & cutest boy.
Favorite Toy: Chuck-it Ball
Your physical body may be gone but your soul will be with me until I take my last breath.
Every decision I made and continue to make I always have you in mind. Thank you for teaching me about loyalty, dedication and patience, and for showing me true love and friendship.
I love you forever and always my little Spencer Man.