Thank you for investigating our website. I’m Natasha the owner and trainer at Pawzitively Polite. If you meet me in class you’re going to think that I’m very out going and social but the opposite is actually quite true. I’m very shy and quiet until I feel comfortable. I studied at the University of Guelph where I completed my BSc in Animal Biology and MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. That’s where I found my passion for animal training. As a child my family always had pets; cats, dogs, fish, horses and birds but while I was at school I couldn’t have any pets and I was missing having pets so I decided to take part in the student dog training program. It was a fun diversion where students from the University trained dogs that were donated by members of the community under the guidance of a local trainer. At the end of the 8 weeks of training we got to compete in a small, fun obedience with the dog that we been working with. The competition was part of the open house weekend for the University. The following year, my roommate had been working with the local trainer and was now one of the trainers for the student dog training program. I had decided I was too busy with school work to par take that year. A couple of weeks in she was telling me about a dog in another class that was going to get kicked out because it was “untrainable”. She asked if I would come work with it in her class. It took a couple of days of pondering on my part and convincing on her but I finally agreed to give it a shot.
This dog, Libby, is the one who truly showed me my path and passion for training. She was far from untrainable. All she needed were consistency and clear indications when she was doing things correctly. Like a fair number of students at the university my goal was to become a veterinarian but this experience with Libby had me wondering about my choice and I ultimately ended up doing a master of science in behaviour and welfare with the new goal of helping animals and their people not with medicine, but by helping to bridge the communication gap between animals and their humans.