Gayle began training squirrels with her grandfather at age six and fell in love with the difference training made in her relationship with her Alaskan Malamute when she was a only nineteen. Gayle began Pawsitive Steps Dog Training in May, 1997, after completing a two year apprenticeship with Canine Behavior Center where she worked for few years. She went on a journey, following her heart and questioning much of what she had been taught, discovering positive training methods and clicker training. After attending the Cujo Meets Pavlov workshop by Kathy Sdao and reading Don’t Shoot the Dog! Buy Karen Pryor, she completely changed her training methods. She has been serving the greater Seattle area for over eighteen years, including working as an instructor at the Seattle Humane Society,and volunteering for Pasado’s Safe Haven and Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue whom she thanks for helping her find her last two dogs.
She holds the prestigious designations of CPDT-KSA, Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge and Skills Assessed and AKC CGC Evaluator, American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Her Puppy and Life Skills classes include the AKC STAR Puppy Award and upon request may include the CGC award for dogs who are ready to pass it. Gayle enjoys attending on-going education through books, conventions, seminars and workshops.