Are you struggling with aggressive, anxious, fearful or abnormal dog behavior?


  • Our specialized methods using positive reinforcement training and behavior modification, focuses 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, in a positive way.  Never using force/punishment/fear based training methods.

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

  • Our proven 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

For over 15 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.

  • Honors Graduate of Animal Behavior College - ABCDT, Certified Trainer & Vet Tech Assistant

  • Mentored under a Veterinary Behaviorist for 5 years

  • Owner/operator - behavior consulting business for over 10 years

  • Past Behavior Counselor at Roice Hurst Humane Society, Grand Junction, CO

  • Past behavior specialist at the Kirtland AFB Veterinary Clinic

  • Past lead trainer/behavior specialist Canine Country Club, Albuquerque, NM

  • Continuing education and ongoing certification updates to stay current.

Certified, 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)

  • An appointment with your veterinarian, or a veterinary behaviorist for medication or to rule out a medical issue 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

Do you have Questions for Joy?

Please contact us to learn more or ask questions about our canine behavior training services, or if you are ready to get started, please fill out the behavior application form on the consultation page.

Tacoma, Washington



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