Heidi Palmer McNeil, CTC, CPDT-KA
In 2002, Heidi received a Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC) from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA and started Pooch Pawsitive. While living in Santa Clara, California (doing her high tech marketing career) she started Pooch Pawsitive and taught classes for Dr. Ian Dunbar. Then Heidi quit the corporate rat race and moved back to RI in 2003 to operate the Pooch Pawsitive business full time.
She is a nationally Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Heidi is an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a certified Wag It Games Instructor.
She is past president of the South Kingstown Dog Park Association and has volunteered at Animal Rescue Rhode Island (AnimalRescueRI.org) and other shelters over the years.
She has written or been interviewed for many articles that have appeared in RI Monthly, the Providence Journal and RI Local Magazine as well as other local newspapers. Pooch Pawsitive has also been featured on The Rhode Show television program.
Heidi grew up with poodles (Fifi, Tasha and Colby) and also adopted her husband’s Beagle (Buster) and neighbor Lhasa Apso (Rufus). Heidi is a graduate of Barrington High School and Providence College. Heidi lives in East Providence with her husband. In her free time, Heidi enjoys cooking and fixing up the house they bought in 2017.
You can reach Heidi by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.