We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
“Find a job you enjoy doing and you will never work a day in your life” A quote by Mark Twain that I live my life by, my work is part of my daily happiness.
Many people thrive on the 9-5 work life: clock in, do your job, clock out, go home, get paid the same amount each month. It is a safe lifestyle and if you love your job then great, but so many people are in a job that does not bring them joy. I enjoy being able to make my schedule, and not have my job tasks be dictated by a boss. There is risk to this lifestyle, to me it’s a risk worth it on so many levels and brings me much happiness. Being a business owner allows me more time for other activities that I enjoy, such as adventuring with my dogs and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Pawsitively Pets- Professional Animal Training is unique from most dog training companies because of the trainer’s Zoological backgrounds.
I call myself a professional animal trainer although nowadays most of my work is with dogs. I was a zookeeper and educator for nearly two decades. My career has allowed me to care for and train over 100 species of animals, including mountain lions, monkeys, porcupines, kangaroos, birds, and reptiles. It has made for some great dinner time stories!
I have had an amazing career with some highlights being traveling the states with animals, working alongside Jack Hanna and at some of the top zoos in the US and running dog sleds for a few years. That all may sound glamours but the truth is the zoo works is a challenging one for many reasons. Pay being a big one, or lack of pay should I say. This lead me to always needing to work a second job to be able to make ends meet, 50-60hr work weeks for many many years. In 2009 I decided to make a switch and learn about dog training as a second career option, not thinking that it would lead me to leave the zoo industry years later.
So how did I get to where I am today?
Well, not only did school (I have a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management), and zoo jobs teach me all about animals and training but it also taught me hard work and drive. The lessons I’ve learned over the years are what have helped me become a successful business owner, it also helps that I have a family full of entrepreneurs.
Pawsitively Pets was started in 2010 and was a part-time gig for many years as I was still in the zoo industry.
In 2019, my business was growing more than I could handle, clients were wanting more of my time that I did not have to give. I made the hard decision to leave the zoo and run Pawsitively Pets full time. Honestly, I have never looked back! No more drama, no more bosses, no more not getting paid my worth. I absolutely love being a business owner and watching my clients succeed with their pets is so rewarding.
Pawsitively Pets is proud to serve Denver, Aurora, and surrounding neighborhoods with top-notch positive reinforcement training. We are excited to be a growing business and have added staff this year to expand our reach. All of our trainers have similar zoo backgrounds and are passionate about the work we do. Dog training is not just about teaching the dog but about teaching the owners too. We promise to never use force, fear, or corrective tools when working with your pets. We work primarily with dogs, but also offer training services for unique pets such as birds, rodents, and barnyard animals.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Of course, we would go to Denver Zoo, its still near and dear to my heart. Other than that, Colorado has SO much to offer and it would depend on the season. Some of my favorite place to take guest to are, breweries such as Breckinridge Farmhouse, Blue Moon, or New Belgium. Also spending time in the mountains is a must, whether it’s snowboarding a hike or elk viewing in Rocky Mountain with a stop at the Stanley hotel for lunch.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many people have contributed to my career in the form of teaching, mentorship, and support. A big shout out to the staff the runs Americas Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College. Cindy, Gary, Mara. Along with the dog trainers in Portland that taught me the transition from zoo training to dogs training (it involves a lot more people training). Also, my family deserves a huge shoutout for all the support and putting up with my crazy intense love for animals and the shenanigans it brings.
Other: Check out our google reviews! We also offer a super fun Brewery Manners class: See website for details.