by Nancy E. Hassel, American Pet Professionals, Weekly Featured Member

Welcome to our weekly featured member of American Pet Professionals! This week, July 27, 2015 we feature Judy Tarasek of Positively Pet Partners, LLC.

Check out our fun Q&A interview with Judy of Positively Pet Parteners and her experience so far in the Pet Industry:

"Im a positive reinforcement dog trainer and animal behaviorist serving Suffolk County, Long Island. I do private in home training for puppies and older dogs. I work with reactive and aggressive dogs when other trainers won't. My packages cover Basic Obedience and Problem Behaviors."

How long have you been in the Pet Industry? 4 years What drew you to the Pet Industry? My love of animals and wanting to keep dogs out of shelters through training The best thing about your experience so far? Seeing fearful dogs successfully rehabbed Are you a solo petrepreneur or do you have employees? I’m solo If you could change/add/create ONE thing in the pet industry what would that be? Educate the public on the importance of early training and socialization of their pets What is the most interesting thing about your business or rescue group? I really love the dogs I work with and the owners get a kick our of how much their dogs love me Do you set goals for you business? Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly? I set quarterly goals Do you remember the last time you had a weekend off? I’m always working, either training, networking or talking to clients on the phone Do you regularly take vacations? When you do what you love every day is a vacation. Besides I hate to fly. Your biggest complaint about the industry? I don’t really have any complaints...I try to concentrate on solutions How many pets did you treat last week? Or pet clients did you cater too? 3 clients What is your advice to a young person joining the pet industry? Only do it if you really love it because it will be your life Your favorite thing about your customers (i.e. pet parents). Their excitement when they see their dog learning quickly. It’s like watching their kids. What is the best thing you have done for your business to help you grow? Networking with local businesses has helped me via referrals When did you realize that this industry was more fun/rewarding/compassionate (add your own!) than a previous industry you may have worked in? As soon as I started training my first client. If you weren't in the pet industry - what other profession would you love to do? I used to work in Information Technology but it was never rewarding like what I do now. What is your favorite cocktail of choice? Mojito Favorite book/movie/TV show? The Big Bang Theory Most amazing place you have been to on planet earth? Aruba, but my dream is to travel to Africa Favorite meal? Italian food, what else When you were a kid, and someone asked, what did you want to be when you grow up? What was your answer? I wanted to work in radio, and I did that for a while after I graduated college. Favorite color? Pink Your favorite or most inspirational quote? Love your neighbor as yourself What is your: Dog/horse/cat/bird/lizard/bunny Breed of choice? Yorkshire Terrier Hobbies you love that don't involve pets, if any! 🙂 Movies, Beach How many pets do you currently own? 12 Judy is located on Long Island in NY and can be reached  by email at or by checking out her website:  ]]>

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