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A puppy's "critical period" between 8-12 weeks

Have you ever met a dog that is afraid of thunder? Or men? Or shiny floors? It's because the dog did not become exposed to these things during their "critical period" (8-12 weeks old). If you miss this critical period, it's extremely hard to accustom the older puppy or dog to these stimuli later (in general, they'll be afraid of everything they didn't experience during their critical period). Continue reading

Three types of tasks of a PTSD Service Dog

There are three main categories of tasks of a PTSD Service Dog: Alerting Calming Helping with other co-morbid disabilities Continue reading

How to get the 8-digit ID code demanded by (some) airlines to fly with a service dog

JetBlue, American Airlines, and probably other airlines now insist that flyers get an 8-digit ID number to fly with a service dog. Having a signed copy of the new DOT form form is not enough. And you need to get it 48 hours before you fly. And you need to have a paper boarding pass (because the code will be printed on there, but won’t be on your electronic one). And the code isn’t for a lifetime—it expires when the dog’s rabies immunization expires. We are appalled by this burdensome requirement. This is a picture of the DOT form, but the best way to get the form is to use the official link because then you get a PDF that you can fill out on your computer (you don’t need a printer, but you need a computer). Continue reading

Coloring book featured!

Pawsitivity’s coloring book was featured on The Wrap! Continue reading

First annual Marissa Norby Memorial Golf Scramble was a huge success!

In tribute to Marsissa Norby, a full contingent of golfers raised over $13,000 to help Pawsitivity train service dogs for veterans! Continue reading

Thank you, Mounds View High School business students team!

Thank you to the amazing business students of Mounds View High School, for your fabulous fundraiser for Pawsitivity at the Ideal Hall in St. Paul! Continue reading

Article in Cargill about Pawsitivity dog

From the wonderful article about the Cargill employee who we helped train her service dog! Continue reading

When should I put down my dog?

We got this question today, so i thought I’d post an answer in case it helps anyone out! Continue reading

Working with a therapy dog, as a therapist

I received an interesting email today, and since I get similar emails pretty often, I thought I’d share my answer with readers. Hello,  My name is ____ and I'm from Israel. I'm on my fourth year of internship in clinical psychology, and many of my patients are diagnosed with PTSD or CPTSD. Unfortunately, therapy with dogs is not a very familiar treatment in my country, and I believe that this therapy can really help people who are suffering and it can provide them a better life.  I want to integrate this therapy in my clinic, so I would like to know if there is an option to learn it in your center, and whether there is, I would appreciate any further details on the process.  Thank you.    Continue reading