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Handout - Look at That

Leslie McDevitt invented the "Look at That" game to train dogs to not get excited (or scared) of dogs, people, or experiences. She was experienced in the art and skill of agility dog training, but so many dogs were over-aroused (over-excited) that she couldn't work with them till they calmed down. Her "Look at That" game uses positive reinforcement to get the dogs to calm down. This is a tricky technique and requires a dog trainer to teach someone how to do it. The following is a free downloadable PDF handout we created about the "Look at That" game. I thought I'd put it on Pawsitivity's nonprofit's blog so anyone can feel free to download or distribute it as you wish.  Continue reading

New staff member, Frannie Kass!

Please help us welcome aboard new staff member, Education Manager Frannie Kass (she, her, hers)! Continue reading

Donate Your Camera to Charity

Do you have a full-frame SLR camera you want to donate to charity? Or are you upgrading from your old digital SLR to a new digital mirrorless camera? You can help both dogs and people by donating your old full-frame SLR camera to Pawsitivity Service Dogs, and you'll even get a tax credit for it!  Continue reading

Why Pawsitivity Service Dogs is different

Why donate to one service dog organization over another? Aren't they all the same?  Pawsitivity excels at the two most common metrics used to evaluate nonprofit organizations, but we also excel at a third metric. What do we mean by this? Most donors look at ratios such as the amount of money spent on programs compared to admin and fundraising (which Pawsitivity is extremely good at), or the gold standard of donating, which is to examine an impact evaluation (Pawsitivity is the only service dog organization to have a third-party impact assessment done), but we propose an even better metric: creating outcomes which are long-lasting and effective. Continue reading

New video for CFC charity

Pawsitivity Service Dogs is CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) number 54980. Here's our latest video, showing how Pawsitivity assistance dogs help veterans.   Continue reading

PTSD Service Dog Practicing "Cover"

Video of Daniel the Service Dog practicing "Cover." His handler, a decorated US military combat veteran, likes to call this task, "Covering my six."   Continue reading

Video from handler

Sometimes the most important thing a service dog can do is nothing. A service dog’s training never stops, and here is a video of a handler is practicing her service dog do a down stay with the distraction of a pet dog walking past her. Great job! Continue reading

Fantastic web designer recommendation

Wow, small differences make big changes! We hired the awesome web designer John Poe to help us make the Pawsitivity Service Dogs website clear and easy to use. I LOVE HIS AESTHETIC! We highly recommend his services. You can contact him through his website: https://johnery.com/ Continue reading

Yvette Van Veen’s method for teaching a dog to ring a bell to go out

Yvette Van Veen of Awesome Dogs wrote the following:  Step 1 - Show the dog the bell Show the dog the bell and gently ring it.  Let the dog become familiar with the noise it makes.  Do not skip this step.  Some dogs startle if they touch the bell and are not expecting it to ring.  If you have a sensitive dog, muffle the sound and gradually let it ring louder.Repeat until the dog is comfortable and relaxed with the noise.   Continue reading

Best Pizza Recipe

I realize that this post isn't dog-related, but the pizza recipe is so great, I had to share it. :-) Makes 1 11-inch thin-crust (Neapolitan) pizza Recipe for margherita style Continue reading