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Wunderdog Magazine in UK features Pawsitivity

Pawsitivity in Minnesota: rescue dogs get trained help veterans and people with disabilities Written by Susie Kearley on 24 May 2022 The charity in St Paul, Minnesota, identifies suitable shelter dogs and prepares their future humans for a life together. Pawsitivity really changes lives, and Susie Kearley has found out more for Wunderdog. Picture: Lisa Venticinque. Continue reading

Therapist Referrals

A couple of times each year, we have a dog available for a veteran, and we have a great deal of difficulty finding one that would be a good fit for partnering with a service dog. There is no cost to the veteran, but the process requires a lot of commitment. We have found through the years that several factors greatly improve the success rate for the veteran/service dog partnership. Continue reading

Dog Behavior Assessment Checklist

While we don’t usually use the BARC (Behavior and Reactivity Checklist) because we use our own version of the dog behavior assessment checklist. People sometimes ask about the Behavior and Reactivity Checklist, so here is a simplified version (not in a PDF, and not an online test). For the non-simplified version, go here. Continue reading

Ukraine news about dog rescue

Your donations to the Ukraine Dog Rescue Fund are going to work! (You can donate the Ukraine Animal Rescue Fund.) Your donations are going to volunteers who are giving away dog food to Kiev, Kharkiv, Kryvyi Rih, and the Poltava and Kherson regions, citizens who can't get out to buy dog or cat food, and funds are being provided to a number of shelters to help them keep their dogs and cats. These include small impromptu animal shelters that are set up in homes.      Continue reading

Navigating MSP Airport Program for people with autism

This program at the Minneapolis and St Paul airport helps children on the autism spectrum to navigate the airport by offering free monthly practice runs! You and your kiddo can practice going through security and experiencing the airport stimuli without any time pressure. Continue reading

Six Feet to Independence

The following is a wonderful guest post by the author of the book, “Six Feet to Independence,” Lauryn Walton. It's easy to think you know what it's like to have a service dog when you see one in public. However, what the public sees is only the tip of the iceberg. Most people don't realize that having a service dog is one of the hardest ways to mitigate your disability. I recently wrote a book titled Six Feet to Independence where I go into six areas most first-time handlers don't know to think about before they get the dog. The one I want address here is the fact that a service dog is just that--a dog. Continue reading

We love Better Bondz Dog Training

We feel so lucky to be associated with Master Dog Trainer Ray Nichols of Better Bondz Dog Training in Burlington County, NJ! He can be reached at (908) 240-3430. Continue reading

Full accredited member of the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans

New! Pawsitivity Service Dogs is now a full accredited member of the the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans. Continue reading

Thank you, veterans!

Ableism and other topics from Michelle Lauren Anderson

The awesome Michelle Lauren Anderson from Survivor Not Victim, featured in the Phoenix Society, on ableism, “thriving with accommodations”, fighting for independence, accepting limitations, preventing ableism, utilizing coping strategies, helping others thrive, and more! Continue reading