waiting list is about two to three years
(sorry), but we encourage you toapply
because sometimes there is an opening much
While Pawsitivity is located in St. Paul, MN, you do
not have to be a Minnesota resident to apply for one
of our trained dogs. The process works best, though,
if you are in Minnesota or a neighboring state.
Pawsitivity trains Autism Service Dogs and
Psychiatric Service Dogs, training each dog
specifically for your needs and circumstances. We
choose Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers,
other hunting breeds because of these breeds have
a history of gentleness, focus, intelligence, good
nature, sociability, trainability, and health. We
choose these large gentle breeds in part because
they can be used for mobility assistance for
handlers in wheelchairs who need a dog that they
can use for physical support when getting in and
out of their chair.
All Pawsitivity Service Dogs:
- Are spayed or neutered.
- Come with a clean bill of health.
- Are fully trained and certified.
- Are experienced and socialized, with public
access to restaurants, shopping malls,
apartments, and other places pets are not
What is the fee for a Service Dog from
- For comparison -
most non-profits do not give away their
dogs for free. The cost may be:
- The price of a
Service Dog from most trainers is usually even
- Note that even when
the cost is free, the wait-list is long. At Canine
Assistants, for instance, they
train up to 100 dogs per year, but there are
1,500 people on the waiting list. The math is
not very encouraging there...
- All non-profits have restrictions beyond just
having a disability. These restrictions usually
mean they won't sell you a service dog:
- If you live in a different state.
- If you're not a veteran.
- For Autism Service Dogs, sometimes
non-profits will only sell dogs for children
(and won't sell to adults). For instance,Paws
With a Cause won't place a
Service Dog if the child is under 14.
- At $17,500, a Pawsitivity
Service Dog, (trained especially for your
child's disability, needs, and circumstances),
is thousands of dollars less than most other
places. We train just a few dogs per
year, all our dogs are certified, and come with
training for the handler-dog team. Pawsitivity
Service Dogs is a Partner Member of the
International Association of Assistance Dog
Partners (IAADP), all our dogs are certified
through the Public Access Certification (PAC),
and our dogs are individually trained with tasks
to match your individual disability, needs, and
us today - we look forward to hearing from you.