Passionate About Building Relationships Between People and Dogs
Sam utilizes science based training techniques to make training effective and follows the least intrusive, minimally aversive (LIMA) standard to assure that training is safe and enjoyable for both the dog and their human family. This makes training not only productive and fun but has numerous benefits that build a relationship between a dog and their human companions.
Sam Haeussner began training dogs professionally in 2006 in Colorado Springs at the nation's most successful PetSmart training program location. Since this time Sam has obtained a B.A. from Fort Lewis College and became one of 1,000 certified training partners through the internationally prestigious Karen Pryor Academy (KPA); graduating with honors under the tutelage of Dani Weinberg. Every year she continues to expand on her education and stay up to date with the ever-changing industry by seeking out well respected courses and being an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) as well as the International Association of Animal Behavioral Consultants (IAABC).
Besides training through her own company Pawsitive Marks, Sam was the trusted assistant of trainer and author Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA. Sam is acknowledged in Annie's book, The Midnight Dog Walkers: Positive Training and Practical Advise for Living with a Reactive or Aggressive Dog, as "a special kind of person who provides a loving presence for all animals as well as quick wit that keeps [Annie] smiling. She is the next generation of dog trainers, and the world is so much better off having her skills available to dogs". Sam's American Staffordshire Terrier mix, Azzie, is featured in photographs in many of Annie Phenix's publications while Azzie works along side Sam assisting Annie in her sought after Growly Dog classes and seminars.