Welcome to the Unleash the Pawsitive Family

Four dogs at daycare: two engaged in a lively game of tug-of-war while two others watch attentively, showcasing the fun and interactive atmosphere of our facility

Our Methods

We use modern, reward-based training methods to build better communication between dogs and their parents, one paw at a time.

Rewards don’t have to be just treats; they can be toys, praise, going for a walk or playtime. We work with each individual dog to find out what suits them best!

Think of it as if your boss was offering you a bonus to get a task done – you will work harder to get it done. Well, dogs are the same; they work harder if they know a reward is coming!

Our motivation is helping you create an unbreakable bond between you and your 4-legged friend!

Two dogs happily smiling during their daycare visit, reflecting the joy and contentment experienced in our welcoming facility

Why choose us?

Training dogs is not a hobby for us; it’s our profession, our life and our passion. Most of our clients are referred to us by the veterinary community or word-of-mouth from satisfied customers.

We strive to build a fantastic relationship between you and your dog to create the best family pet that they can be!

Melissa MacKinnon, owner of Unleash the Pawsitive, pictured with her family, embodying the love and dedication behind our business

About Our Founder, Melissa MacKinnon

Growing up, Melissa had a passion for animals. This grew into a career when she graduated from St. Clair College in 2007 as a Veterinary Technician. After registering with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, she worked in small animal practices in Burlington, Thunder Bay, Kincardine and Port Elgin.

She started to become interested in behaviour in 2011 when she got a golden retriever puppy named Oaklee, and was told during puppy class to jab him in the neck for playing too hard. Having previously taken positive based training with her previous dog, Hemi, she knew that something else needed to be available.

She started teaching puppy classes in spring 2012 in maple square mall, after outgrowing that space in Spring 2016 Unleash the Pawsitive moved to it's current location and the daycare started!

In 2016, Melissa was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Brass awards.

Melissa lives in Port Elgin with her husband Corey and sons Brantley & Connor.  They share their home with Oaklee (13 year old golden retriever) and 2 kitties Chaos (17) and Gina (15)

Our Amazing Staff

Meg, our dedicated Dog Daycare Attendant, ensuring a safe and joyful environment for all canine guests with her caring demeanour and attentive supervision


Dog Daycare Attendant & Bathing Coordinator

Megan started with us in November 2016. She shares her home with her boyfriend Jordan & kitty named Penny
Mads, our dedicated Trainer and Dog Daycare Attendant, providing expert guidance and compassionate care to all doggy visitors


Puppy Trainer & Dog Daycare Attendant

Mads started with us in July 2019, she shares her home with her husband Jordan and her dog Bella


Training & Enrichment Coordinator, Reception

Kiera started with us in August 2020, Kiera shares her home with her husband Chris & their 15 year old Golden named Kaylee
Larissa, our compassionate Dog Daycare Attendant, providing attentive care and supervision to ensure every friend enjoys a safe and playful experience


Dog Daycare Attendant

Larissa started with us in February 2022. Larissa is a rat enthusiast! She loves her fur nephew Dexter who's a 1 year old Bichon cross!
Jay, our friendly Dog Daycare Attendant, dedicated to ensuring the happiness and well-being of every pup in our care with attentive supervision and playful interactions


Dog Daycare Attendant

Jay started with us in January 2023. He has a Bernadoodle named Marvel, a Sheepadoodle named Sprocket, a kitties named Apollo & Rummy


Dog Daycare Attendant

Kirsty started with us in October 2023, Kirsty shares her home with her boyfriend Chris, Cane Corso/Presa Canario mix named Mazikeen (Maze) and a kitty named Jackie


Dog Daycare Attendant

Sadie started with us in October 2023, Sadie has three dogs. A Golden Retriever named Kepler and a Toy Australian Shepherd named Marley, & a whippet named Shadow.
Charlotte, our nurturing Dog Daycare Attendant, ensuring a fun and safe environment for all furry companions with her attentive care and playful interactions


Dog Daycare Attendant

Charlotte started with us in February 2024, Charlotte has a miniature Dachshund named Blondie and 2 kitties named Shadow & Percy
Caitlyn, our dedicated Dog Daycare Attendant, ensuring a safe and joyful environment for all furry guests with her caring demeanour and attentive supervision.


Dog Daycare Attendant

Caitlyn started with us in February 2024, Caitlyn shares her home with her boyfriend Matt. She has mixed breed named Bailey, 2 kitties named Rayland & Barney, and rabbits named Ellie & Aspen.
Logan, our diligent Afternoon Student, contributes to our team with enthusiasm and a commitment to learning, bringing fresh perspectives and energy to our environment


Afternoon Student

Logan started with us in September 2022. She has a Miniature Schnauzer named Quinn, and 2 horses named Daisy & Juno
Kennedy, our dedicated Afternoon Student, brings enthusiasm and a desire to learn, contributing positively to our team dynamics and fostering a culture of growth and development


Afternoon Student

Kennedy started with us in February 2024. She has a horse named Gavin, 4 kitties named Dijon, Fynn, Jerry & Fluffy and a veiled Chameleon named Barbara
Oaklee, our friendly office greeter, welcoming visitors with a wagging tail and a warm smile, embodying the welcoming spirit of our workspace


Office Greeter

Official Pizza Crust Tester
Kaylee, our beloved office greeter, radiating warmth and cheer with her wagging tail and golden fur, making every visitor feel right at home


Office Greeter

Official Spaghetti & French Fry Tester
Cute golden retriever puppy sitting on a beach

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