Are you struggling with out of

control or dangerous dog behavior?


  • Our specialized methods focus on creating a positive relationship between you and your dog with the goal of correcting and improving your dog's behavior and obedience.

  • Our expertise is in understanding how a dog naturally thinks, learns and communicates and teaching you how to be your dog’s leader.

  • Once the root of the behavior issues is established, positive behavior change is the natural next step.

  • Our humane methods work with any issue, any adult breed.

  • You and your dog get one-on-one attention, and an individualized plan to suit your family and set everyone up for success.

Specialized, Professional and Experienced Dog Behavior Modification & Training

We follow and practice all State Covid-19 Precautions

Meet your new favorite Behavior Specialist

Joy Ford

Certified Behavioral Trainer

For over 14 years, Joy's personalized empathetic approach to challenging behavior problem solving has helped hundreds of clients work with their beloved dogs to overcome behavior issues. 

The outcome and goal is always the same:  Achieve mentally balanced, happy dogs in and outside of your home resulting in a balanced pack.

Licensed and Insured

Man and His Dog

Our Statistics

  • 90% of cases are resolved with One Consultation

  • 95% success rate as long as Leaders follow plan

  • Additional Consultations may be needed for multiple behavior issues, multiple dogs, and /or severity of the behavior issue(s)

  • A referral to a board certified veterinary behaviorist may be advised.

For Basic Obedience, Manners Training or Group Classes We Partner with and Recommend


Positive Approach is a local small business that has been in the dog training and daycare business for 20 years. We are the #1 vet-referred training center in the Tacoma area and pride ourselves on providing a safe, well-staffed daycare floor. We invite you to come down with your furry kid and see the Positive Approach difference.

(253) 627-4275

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Do you have Questions for Joy?

Please contact us to learn more or ask questions about our canine behavior training services.

Tacoma, Washington



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