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Office Staff

Rob Safir
Rob SafirOwner / Trainer
HenryGeneral Manager
JuneOffice Manager
Affectionately known as “The Voice of Paws-itive Experience”, June has been with us since October of 1997.
She has been scheduling classes, making appointments and calming new puppy owners with her British accent for many years.
Originally from England, June lives with her husband in Denville. Her Bearded Collie, Ashleigh is now an Agility Superstar after taking multiple Obedience and Agility classes here at Paws-itive Experience.
John McWilliams
John McWilliamsCo-founder / Trainer
John McWIlliams has been a professional dog trainer since 1982.

John got his start with the U.S. Air Force’s Green Dog Program as an Animal Behavior Modification Specialist. In this position, John trained dogs to be used as Military Working Dogs in Patrol functions (building search, field search, apprehension, controlled aggression, obedience and agility) and in Drug Dog Detector functions. John completed his service in Belgium on the Florennes U.S. Air Force Base where he became the first American Drug Detector Dog Handler certified by a Belgian Air Force Wing Commander.

After serving his country, John went on to the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in New Jersey working as an Investigator with the K-9 Unit. John became the Officer in Charge of Training, responsible for the day to day training of all assigned working dogs, their handlers, and Police Officers from nearby Police Departments and Sheriff’s Offices.

In 1994, with his wife Erin, John opened the doors of Paws-itive Experience Pet Services LLC. As Head Trainer, John has devoted himself to putting his vast knowledge and experience to use helping dog loving citizens. John teaches pet owners and their dogs fundamentals of obedience and problem solving in the classroom as well as Private Training consultations either in the home or at our Training Center. In addition, John evaluates dogs for placement through various animal rescues and shelters. He also does training seminars for local rescues in order to help further educate their staff. John is well known for his ability to evaluate, monitor and alter aggression levels in dogs and is frequently recommended by local veterinarians, breeders and law enforcement agencies.

In 2014, John and Erin started Glucodogs, Inc which is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization to train Diabetic Alert Dogs. Recently, he has also started working with Veterans and their service dogs.

John’s accolades include:

Accepted as an Expert in Superior Court, State of New Jersey

Evaluator for the American Kennel Club: Canine Good Citizen (#4031)

Provisional Judge, American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS)

Erin McWilliams
Erin McWilliamsCo-founder / Consultant


Tracy Drummond
Tracy DrummondPuppy Preschool, Basic Obedience, and Therapy Trainer
Tracy has been training people of all ages in both corporate and academic settings for almost 30 years. From large seminars to individual sessions, she is a proven instructor. Tracy added dogs to the equation in 2008, and is now assisting dog & puppy owners to find:

  • The incredible joy and value of Pet Therapy
  • Practical solutions for behavioral issues
  • Improved confidence for dog & owner through Agility

Clients attest to her ability to quickly understand & diagnose problems and provide practical, concrete solutions. A member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, as well as the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, she avidly pursues canine continuing education. When not working, she loves to hike with her Blue Lacy puppy Doolin.

Barb Miller
Barb MillerAgility and AKC Trainer
Barb has been competing in the sport of dog agility for over 20 years. As a full time agility instructor in the tri-state area, she has had the chance to introduce countless students to this exciting sport. Barb enjoys working with all shapes, sizes and breeds of dogs and is known for working with some of the more unusual breeds. Barb’s basset hound, Carry, was the first of her breed to earn an AKC agility title and her Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Australian Cattle Dog have been top ranked nationally and within their breeds.

In addition to putting agility titles on nine of her own dogs, Barb has shown and titled dogs in obedience, breed conformation, herding, tracking, rally and flyball.

Melissa Altemose
Melissa AltemoseDiabetic Alert and Clicker Trainer
Melissa, a Colorado native, graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in Biology and Zoology. She began her training career at Marine Life Oceanarium training dolphins and sea lions in Gulfport, MS.

She then moved to the Garden State to work as an Instructor for The Seeing Eye, training dogs to guide blind and visually impaired people. Melissa was responsible for all aspects of the training and husbandry of 8-10 dogs at a time for a four month training cycle. When the dogs are placed, she would teach a class of 4 to 6 person-and-dog units on the streets of Morristown for another three and a half weeks. She would also travel to client’s homes to troubleshoot problem behavior issues. She spent ten years working with guide dogs and their handlers in the USA and Canada.

After eight years training two small humans, Melissa is excited to be helping dogs and their owners have happy, healthy lives together.


ElenaGrooming Manager
Elena has 9 years of grooming experience and is a lifelong resident of Morris County. She resides with her 3 dogs – Scooby, Cinnamon and Peter Griffin the Brussels Griffon!
Ina Lee
Ina LeeGroomer
Ina has over 30 years of grooming experience! Originally from Georgia, Ina Lee has made New Jersey her home along with her 3 dogs: a Rat Terrier, an American Cocker Spaniel and a Dalmatian.
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