History

Pawsitive Partners was founded in 2010 by Stephanie Williams after receiving her first certification as a professional dog trainer through the Animal Behavior College program.  Since then, Stephanie has earned the only nationally recognized dog trainer certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.  In 2013, Pawsitive Partners has expanded, adding Fran Zelladonis as another nationally certified professional dog trainer.  Stephanie and Fran now work as a team to teach clients how to train and build relationships with their dogs.  Stephanie also runs the day training/dog walking program. 

 

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Call or visit our contact page to schedule your in-home consultation today.  If you sign up for private lessons or dog walking services, the consultation is free!

 

 
 
 
 

Stephanie Williams with her rescue sheltie, Mika, at their first Westminster Agility Trial. 2/11/17

Partner

Stephanie Williams, CPDT-KA

Stephanie Williams holds a bachelors degree in education, as well as certification as a professional dog trainer through the CCPDT.  She began her teaching career in 2004, teaching music to middle school students in New Haven, CT.  While she loved teaching her music students, Stephanie's love of dogs drove her to pursue a career as a professional dog trainer where she could do what she loves most - teaching people to train their dogs.  She combines her skill and understanding of human education as well as canine training to provide successful, positive learning experiences for both ends of the leash.  Stephanie currently shares her life with three wonderful dogs - Simon, a springer spaniel, and three shelties, Dash, Mika and Reese.  Mika and Reese both compete in agility, and Mika recently finished her Masters Agility Championship title in AKC agility.   Stephanie teaches agility as well, and has recently become a certified OneMind Dogs Instructor!

 

Education

Central Connecticut State University
B.S-ed 2003

Animal Behavior College
ABCDT 2010

CPDT-KA 2013

Certified OneMind Dogs Instructor for Handling Techniques 1

Activities & Affiliations

  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (AKC)

 

 
 

 
 
 

Partner

Fran Zelladonis, CPDT-KA

Fran and her husband Mike share their home and lives with their two rescued Labrador Retrievers, Molly and Sarah, both of whom are Canine Good Citizens and registered Therapy Dogs with Pet Partners. Fran has entered Sarah in competition in Barn Hunt and trains with Molly in Nosework.

Fran is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, an APDT professional member, and a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. A lifelong learner, Fran regularly attends seminars and workshops on canine behavior, temperament, personality, and learning. She is currently working toward Level 1 certification in the Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool. She has also enrolled herself and her dogs at the Canine Cognition Center at Yale, where, as a team, they regularly participate in studies that explore the way dogs think, learn, and problem solve. Fran is also passionate about canine health and wellness, including energy work and body work such as TTouch.

 

Education

University of Connecticut
 

Animal Behavior College

 

CPDT-KA 2013

Activities & Affiliations

  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (AKC)