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Mission Statement

“Unleash your dog’s potential…”

The mission of PAWS-itively Obedient is to strengthen the human-animal bond between dogs and their people through a reward-based training experience. We strive to empower owners through education, personal attention, and hands-on instruction so that positive dog training will happen more often and with greater success. Our goal is to get people excited about understanding canine behavior and using that knowledge to create well-mannered family companions.

Karen Lanoue - Lambrecht

CPDT-KA, aCDBC

Owner, Manager, Trainer PAWS-itively Obedient

  • Professional Member Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed – #003680
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator – #5488
  • Associate Certified Behavior Consultant IAABC

Karen Lanoue-Lambrecht is the head instructor and owner of PAWSitively Obedient. Karen is a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers along with holding numerous certifications. They are: Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers,an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, an AKC Canine Good Citizen and AKC Tricks evaluator,Family Paws Parent Educator and Dog Gone Safe Member.

Karen is committed to continuing education, and stays current by attending numerous educational seminars throughout the year. As she is a Certified instructor she must have 36 hours of continuing education credits every 3 years to keep her certifications current.

Karen graduated from Becker Junior College in 1976, where she received an Associate of Science degree in the Veterinary Assistant Program. She was a veterinary technician at Angell Memorial Hospital for nearly seven years. While there she became interested in dog training as she had acquired an untrained 9 month old American Eskimo pup who had numerous behavior problems. Karen took him to a companion class given by Dr. Amy Marder, an animal behaviorist-veterinarian at Angell Memorial Hospital.

Soon after completing the course Karen asked to monitor the classes to learn more. She became seriously interested in behavior and training and was offered a job as a training assistant for Dr. Marder’s classes. She fueled her interest by attending classes and seminars and reading books by other trainers. Karen’s philosophy was guided by the positive reinforcement techniques taught by Dr. Ian Dunbar, a noted behaviorist and veterinarian. He started an Association of Professional Dog Trainers in 1993 of which Karen is a current member. Their mission is to build better trainers through education. Karen embraces that mission and believes that through her instruction she can build more knowledgeable dog owners.

Karen moved to Marshfield and found there was not much of a choice in training classes for owners and their puppies. She started her own business in 1995 and offered indoor and outdoor classes at varying locations on the South Shore. She has 3 certified instructors that work with her along with several assistants mentoring who are on the path to becoming certified instructors.

PAWSitively Obedient practices positive dog training with instruction classes that are recommended by our satisfied clients, many local veterinarians, breeders and the Yankee Golden Retriever Club.

My Certificates

Janice Gifford

CPDT-KA

Administrative Assistant, Trainer PAWS-itively Obedient

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed – #1185279
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #94102
  • Fear Free Certified Professional

My love for training began in 1993 when I first watched the movie “Free Willy.”  I was in awe at not only the behaviors that Willy could do with his trainer, but also the relationship that developed between the two of them. After that movie, I knew what I wanted to do with my life – become an animal trainer. In 2008, I graduated from USF in Tampa with a degree in Psychology focusing on animal behavior. I had several internships at various aquariums from 2009 – 2014 including Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, and Coral World Ocean Park. During those years my love for positive reinforcement training flourished!

After making the decision to stay in MA in 2014, I stumbled upon Karen and PAWS-itively Obedient. I immediately fell in love with the way she was using positive reinforcement training to help people and their dogs! In 2018 I became a certified professional dog trainer.

Now, I am an advocate for appropriate puppy socialization AND positive reinforcement training. I strive to help owners enjoy training as much as I do! It really should be FUN for you and your dog to learn together while creating a bond that will last forever. I believe in a fear free, no force, cooperative approach. You truly are able to accomplish great things with consistency, dedication, and of course, MOTIVATION!

My Certificates

Jackie Kelleher

CVT, CPDT-KA, CCRP

Trainer, PAWS-itively Obedient

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed - #1081562
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

I have over 20 years of experience working with dogs in both a veterinary setting and in the behavior world. As a certified veterinary technician and canine rehab practitioner, I started learning about behavior as a training assistant to Karen in 2001, all while cultivating my career in the veterinary setting. It started as a way to get my “puppy fix” and slowly turned into an amazing opportunity to help people understand their dog’s behavior and how to deal with it.

Today, I continue to teach group basic/advanced obedience and occasional private sessions with PAWS-itively Obedient, and am a full time veterinary technician with VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, specializing in canine physical rehabilitation. You will often find me in our training center with my own “assistant” (and all-around man’s best friend), Memphis!

My Certificates

Kara Firnrohr

CPDT-KA

Trainer, PAWS-itively Obedient

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed - #1081559
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator #43103

Back in 2002 I found myself the proud owner of my second yellow Labrador retriever. Hannah was a sweet little pup who loved to cuddle and was a great companion to Chelsea, my 2 year old Lab. Her personality inspired me to want to do therapy work with her so I needed a professional trainer. I found Karen Lanoue–Lambrecht and PAWS-itively Obedient and I never left.

Karen’s lessons of using patience, respect, treats, play and relationship building to train Hannah got me hooked! A couple of months after completing class, I contacted Karen and asked if she needed an assistant and she was willing to take me in.

Fast forward several years and here I am. My yellow Labs Kaiya and Zoey love clicker training! Kaiya has earned her Canine Good Citizen title and Zoey her Novice Tricks title. My previous girls, Chelsea and Hannah, both learned agility and Hannah not only earned her therapy dog certificate but also her Canine Good Citizen and her Rally Obedience Novice title. Training my dogs has become a joy and I love the opportunity I now have to share all that knowledge with you!

During the day I work full time for a transfer agency in the financial services industry. I have done corporate training in this field but training people and their puppies/dogs is more fun!

My Certificates

Victoria Montgomery

CPDT-KA

Trainer, PAWS-itively Obedient

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
  • Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Growing up I was a sponge for all things dog. I knew I needed to work with dogs in some capacity. In 2012 I began my journey by applying to Massasoit’s workforce development program for veterinary assistance which I completed in 2013. While in school I also held a full-time job working at South Paws Doggie Daycare.

I adopted my first dog Angus, a 4-month-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix in 2013. As Angus matured, he started exhibiting behaviors that I knew needed to be addressed. I finally connected with Kara of PAWS-itively Obedient and while working with Kara, I had fallen in-love with clicker training.

Angus now holds his AKC Novice Trick Dog Title, and we had an absolute blast earning it.

In 2017 I started assisting in group classes. In 2021, I started working full time as a trainer with PAWS-itively Obedient, and earned by certification as a CPDT-KA.

Working with PAWS-itively Obedient gives me the chance to see a beautiful friendship grow through clicker training and there is no better feeling in the world than watching both the dog and the owner work together to learn new behaviors. When I’m not working my 9-5 or in class, I can often be found taking a nature walk with my dogs (Angus and Ahri), and my boyfriend.

Lauren Field

Associate Trainer, PAWS-itively Obedient

Ever since I was a child I’ve loved animals. I grew up on the South Shore with family dogs and cats along with various other pets. I was introduced to horses at the age of four and started lessons at seven. I would read books and watch videos on dogs and horses all the time begging my parents for one of my own. I’ve spent time volunteering at animal shelters along with dog walking, pet sitting and working at a boarding kennel. When I was 12, I got my very own puppy, an 8 week old black Labrador Retriever I named Amber Rose. She was the most incredible loving best friend. Two years later I got my very own horse. A rising 5 year old Haflinger gelding named Calvin who was as naughty as he was sweet. He challenged me in every way to be better and sparked a desire in me to work with other horses.

In 2006, I started training horses for the public and travelled to many states to learn from other horsemen and horsewomen. In my search to find a better way to work with horses, I learned about what some people call natural horsemanship. November of 2008, I flew to Arizona to ride in legendary horseman, Ray Hunt’s clinic and that March flew to Tx to ride in his colt starting month long workshop. Ray sadly passed away that month leaving a huge void in the equestrian world. To keep Ray and his mentor, Tom Dorrance’s, legacy going for future horsemen, “A legacy of Legends” foundation was created. In 2013 I applied and was chosen as one of the scholarship recipients to learn from accomplished horsemen(women) that were taught by Ray and Tom. I was paired with Lee Smith and traveled for 2 months on the road across the states to learn and assist her at her clinics.

I have always enjoyed working with dogs. Because of my rescue dog, River, a four year old Lab mix, I found myself with an opportunity to join the PAWS-itively Obedient team in July of 2020. I love working with dogs (and horses) in a happy, gentle and force free way. My goal is to help people learn how to problem solve and teach their dogs in a way that leaves them both feeling happy, connected and fulfilled.