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Are you struggling with aggressive, anxious, fearful or out of control dog behavior?


  • Our specialized, compassionate methods using positive reinforcement and behavior modification focuses on creating a respectful, positive relationship between you and your dog with the goal of improving your dog's behavior & mental health.

  • Our expertise is in understanding how a dog naturally thinks, learns, and communicates.

  • Never using force, pain, or fear-based 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 Canine Behavior Consultant

Joy Ford, Canine Behavior Consultant

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 are 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

What’s the difference between a dog trainer, behavior consultant, and a veterinary behaviorist?

A board-certified veterinary behaviorist is a veterinarian who has chosen to specialize in veterinary behavior. To become a veterinary behaviorist, a licensed veterinarian must complete 3 years of supervised case studies, complete original research that is published in a peer-reviewed journal and pass an intensive 2-day board examination. They earn the designation of DACVB (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists). Diplomates are equivalent to human psychiatrists as they can prescribe medication for their behavioral cases.


Certified canine behavior consultants* are professionals who have completed a certain number of hours (specifically focused on behavioral issues) and successfully passed a certification exam. In some cases, behavior consultants must hold an advanced degree in animal behavior. Behavior consultants focus primarily on treating behavioral cases such as anxiety, fear, and aggression, although many also hold a certification for dog training. A certified behavior consultant would be considered equivalent to a licensed human therapist.


Certified dog trainers* are professionals who have completed a certain number of hours training dogs and passed an exam to show they understand canine learning theory and best training practices. Trainers focus on teaching dog obedience skills and basic manners in a group class or in-home private training sessions. In the human world, a certified dog trainer would be equivalent to a school teacher or counselor.


*The dog training and behavior industry is unregulated, meaning anyone can call themselves a dog trainer or behaviorist. To make sure you work with a professional that complies with the most up-to-date, scientifically sound and humane training and behavior modification practices, hire a professional who has invested their time and money into obtaining a certification.

Man and His Dog

Our Statistics

  • Most behavior cases are resolved with One Consultation

  • High success rate as long as dog owners follow the 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 or neurological disorder 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 me through text or email to learn more or ask questions about our canine behavior services, or if you are ready to get started, please fill out the behavior application form on the consultation page.

Tacoma, Washington

253-338-9872 - Texting is the best way to reach me since I am in and out all day with clients


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