Our Services

We are currently offering training services in Boone, NC and Banner Elk, NC in the form of private dog training, basic obedience classes, therapy dog training, and therapy dog group classes. We use positive reinforcement methods to work with you and your dog. This means we use treats and toys, as well as social and environmental rewards to help your dog learn new skills and tricks! We focus on what they’re doing RIGHT, not what they’re doing wrong. All training is done without force, pain, or fear.
Choose Positive Partners Dog Training for your private dog training needs, and you can expect not only to learn how to better understand and communicate with your dog, but you will also deepen your bond with them and gain invaluable skills and techniques that will help you train your dog for their whole life! Our goal is not to train your dog for you, but to come alongside you and coach you through the process of training your best friend.

Our private lessons can help you with:

  • loose leash walking skills
  • basic obedience
  • crate training
  • therapy dog training
  • Rowdy Rovers
  • Cautions Canines
  • Puppy or Adoption Preparations
  • Potty Training
  • problem barking
  • and more!

How do we train?

  • Rewards-Based Methods

  • toys, food, treats, affection, praise are used to reward dogs

  • Relationship-centered lessons

  •  Confidence building for dogs and owners

  • Learning through fun and games

  • No stress, no pain, and no fear

  • No pinch, prong, or choke collars

  • No e-collars, shock collars, vibration collars or spray collars

We all have dogs because we love them and enjoy their companionship; why would we want to do anything to them that could hurt them, or, even worse, cause them to be shy or fearful of us?

Meet Brianne

Brianne was born and raised in Creedmoor, NC, a rural town just outside Durham, NC. She lived in Creedmoor until moving to the Boone area in 2008 to attend Appalachian State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. She has always had a passion for animals and brought many stray dogs and cats home with her in hopes of convincing her parents to add another pet to the family. Her love of dog training began when she was 12 years old when she first trained the family beagle mix, Doodles, to do several obedience commands and tricks. In addition to dog training,

Brianne also works at Apple Hill Farm, a small educational farm that is home to alpacas, goats, donkeys, dogs, chickens, and more. It was at Apple Hill Farm that she met Knox the Great Pyrenees, her partner in therapy work. She is also:

  • a Tester/Observer for Alliance of Therapy Dogs 
  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers member
  • Pet Professional Guild member
  • Animal Behavior College Mentor/Trainer
  • Shock-Free Coalition Member

 She will soon be taking the Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers

Meet Knox

Knox is a 10-year-old Great Pyrenees, and he helped Brianne start her journey to becoming a dog trainer!

He lives at Apple Hill Farm and is a semi-retired alpaca guardian. He loves meeting new people and going on adventures with Brianne. Because he makes everyone smile, Brianne wanted to share him with the world! In 2013, she set out to train him to become a therapy dog. She fell further in love with the science of learning and behavior modification, and soon after set out to further her education and become a certified dog trainer. 

Knox doesn’t go on as many therapy visits in his old age, but he still makes a few visits a year. and helps out with Brianne’s training clients when he can.