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Harley the Church Dog

Watch this video story of how Harley the Service Dog became Harley the Facility Dog (Church Dog).

Great PSA from Grady's boy's mom

As we all struggle through the COVID-19 scariness and panic, Grady's boy's mom made a great Public Service Announcement:

Update from Harley

Harley graduated several years ago, but we thought you'd like to see one of his latest pictures (doing "Leave It" with a Cheerio on his nose!) Continue reading

Anger issues and service dogs

We really hesitate to recommend a service dog for someone who has anger issues because having a service dog is difficult enough without adding extra problems. An exception is sometimes children with autism, who often have impulse control problems and difficulties in controlling their emotions.  Continue reading

Getting a service dog if you have a dog already

People often ask us if we recommend getting a service dog if they already have a pet dog. While we have done that before, it's not ideal, and some organizations won't do it at all. A service dog is supposed to be focused on you and be able to help you with your disability. When a family has a pet dog, though, the service dog will naturally want to play with the other dog he/she will learn that there are plenty of other fun things in the world besides you. This scenario is far from ideal, and it's one reason why we insist that handlers never bring their service dog to a dog park.  Continue reading

Innovation for escalators

While we usually train our service dogs to handle elevators, we tell the handlers that it's always best to use an elevator or stairs because a dog's nail can get caught in escalator tread. One handler came up with a neat workaround though: putting secure booties on the dog!    Continue reading

Fun pics from a graduated service dog

Xander’s man texted us these great pictures of Xander. They graduated several years ago, and have already gone on dozens of airplane journeys. We occasionally need to travel with a service dog, usually accompanying a recent graduated handler/service dog team, and if we have questions about the most recent regulations, we can always ask Xander’s man because he has such an incredible amount of experience flying together! Continue reading

Service Dog Practicing Heel

Lexi’s woman shows how a service dog training never ends. In this video, the service dog is focusing intently on her handler...she hardly needs the cue “Heel” because she is already in position (in order to watch her handler). Great work!! Continue reading

Myra Fourwinds Dog Training

People in the Twin Cities, MN area often ask me if I know someone who could help them find a service dog candidate, or help them train their own dog to be a service dog. We don't do that at Pawsitivity, but I always refer them to Myra Fourwinds at Dog Services. She is now available online, too, via Facebook, or vie mail at dogservicesorg@gmail.com.  Myra also sells some great posters and brochures on both dog training and service dog training, like this one: Continue reading

Socialization – Notes from Dr. Ian Dunbar’s book, “Before and After

Puppies should meet 5 new people a day (for the first 3 months). For the first two weeks, the puppy should meet these 5 new people a day at your home (you do it at home because the puppy shouldn’t leave your home in those two weeks because that’s the “fear period,” a strange, one-time period when any negative encounter can traumatize them forever). To do this: After you’ve had the dog for a day, invite 5 men (and 1 child) over one night to meet the puppy (maybe even a TV party). They can hand-feed the puppy some kibble, and hold, hug, and touch him. The next night, invite over 5 women and 1 child (same directions). Repeat for 11 more days. You can have more than 1 kid at a time after a while. After 2 weeks, you can then go outside with the dog to meet 5 people a day. Note: If you don’t do this socialization, the dog won’t like to be hugged, won’t like men, etc. Continue reading