Emily Martin

Emily Martin comes from a training background unlike most dog trainers, her career started with lions, tigers, and bears…oh my! She graduated from Moorpark College America’s Teaching Zoo in 2003 with an Associates in Animal Science and specialty courses in training, education and zoo keeping.


After college, Emily continued in her career teaching the world the importance of conservation through the help of wonderful rescued animals. She has been fortunate enough to train and raise a wide variety of animals; including kangaroos, foxes, birds of prey, and cats big and small. Many of these animals continue to become well-know animal ambassadors for Sea World and Busch Gardens

In 2006, Emily moved to Mammoth Lakes, CA. While there, she discovered the beauty of the Sierras and the art of dog sledding. For 3 years, she worked as a dog musher being pulled by a team of 12 Husky/Malamutes. It was the loyalty of the sled dogs that made her heart turn to working and training canines’ full-time.

After a newfound love for dogs, Pawsitively Pets was created in Portland Oregon. Emily was just visiting and fell in love with the city and how passionate pet owners were about their pets. With having a doggie daycare on every 5th corner, Emily new it was a great place to test running a pet related business. Pawsitively Pets was blessed to educate hundreds of owners on pawsitive training, proper pet nutrition as well as provide excellent in home pet sitting while clients enjoy vacations.

A few years later, lots of dogs and lots of rain, Emily decided it was time to go back to her roots in the zoo field and and some much needed sunshine. She landed a job at the World Famous San Diego Zoo where she spent 5 years. Then in 2015 she was offered a fantastic position at Denver Zoo, she jumped on the offer with excitement to live and work in a city where once again she can work with animals and snowboard in her free time. With over a decade of animal training experience and a successful dog training and pet sitting business afloat Emily is excited to share Pawsitively Pets with the everyday people of Denver and its surrounding suburbs!

Now that you know a bit more about me, I hope to hear from you and have the opportunity to meet you and your pets very soon!