Devin was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He has been with Positive Pets since 2012, but came into the world of dog training a little differently than most trainers. Devin graduated from Boise State University in 2012 with degrees in International Business and Marketing. He spent some time studying abroad, and eventually came back to Idaho to start a career. His girlfriend (now wife) was working for Positive Pets, and Devin was so impressed with how well-behaved her dog was, that when it came time to train his own dog, he knew how he wanted it done! After having so much fun training his own dog with the Positive Pets Program, Devin decided he wanted to make it a career. He walked away from a high-end corporate job to do what he loves: train dogs and help people. Devin has an American Field Labrador named Kali, one of Kali and Kohl’s puppy’s Dee, and his wife’s Red Heeler Zazu.
Britta Closson was raised in a home with parents who were Professional Dog Trainers. She is unique in the dog training world as she is a 4th generation Dog Handler. Her father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all true “dog men”.
“While most children learn how to stand by pulling themselves up on the sofa or coffee table, my parents have a video of me learning how to stand by holding onto one my dad’s Labradors. Growing up with a father who is an active competitor in training as well as a mentor to hundreds of trainers all over the world has its advantages.”
Britta maintains her education and cutting edge techniques by attending several yearly seminars put on by industry leading specialists in the field of Canine Behavior and Training. She lives in Meridian with Kohl, the Official Bat Dog for the Boise Hawks as well as the Tee Dog for Boise State. Her other fur babies include her Sharpe mix Sarah, and her German Shepherd Otto.
Donny has been a trainer with Positive Pets Dog Training since 2014. Within his early involvement with the company, he started caring for the wellness needs of the dogs housed at the training facilities. As he became more and more passionate about dog behavior and obedience training, he began training alongside other advanced trainers in the company.
His experience with training is exceptional in the beginning and advanced concepts of various fields of study. Some of these include obedience training, gun dog training for both retrieving and pointing breeds, tricks (including performing at nationally televised events), and therapy/service dog training.
For Donny, work is more than training a pet dog to follow commands. It is the building of a relationship between a canine and its owner. Unleashing a dogs true character and potential helps donny create training partnerships between humans and canines that are built to last. His four-legged companions are Skye the spunky Australian Shepherd and K.J. a black lab, junior to Kohl the BSU Tee Dog!
Sarah was raised in a home with parents who are Professional Dog Trainers. She is unique in the dog training world as a 4th generation dog handler. Her father, grandfather, and great grandfather were all dog trainers. She now trains alongside her younger sister Britta.
Sarah is the proud dog mom of her 14 year old Australian Cattle Dog Junior. She credits this 45 pounds of Dynamite for keeping her training skills sharpened on a daily basis. Junior was bred to move cattle and protect farms, resulting in subsequent aggressive tendencies. Overcoming challenges with Junior has blessed her with a mastery of aggressive behavior modification.
Sarah’s second dog Kitti has familiarized her with the opposite end of the spectrum. Kitty is a fully trained 4.2 pound Rat Terrier with an eagerness to perform and learn more. Many people are under the impression that small dogs have a low trainability. Kitti and Sarah enjoy showing others that anything is possible with time, consistency, and dedication.
In 2014, Ethan began Employment at Positive Pets Dog Training as a Kennel Tech. Ethan quickly rose to the level of Lead Kennel Tech. As He became more and more passionate about behavior and training he began apprenticing alongside other advanced trainers in the company. During 2016 Ethan was recruited to train with one the top trainers in Maui, Hawaii. After 6 successful months of training in Hawaii Ethan returned to Boise. He currently oversees the training of more then 30 dogs per week.
For Ethan, training dogs is not just his job and passion, but his obsession. He loves helping people build a better relationship with their pets and seeing the dogs true character blossom with the benefits of reward based training. He currently lives in Boise with his German Shepherd Sika and his Ridgeback Mix
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