Pawsitivity Service Dogs

Desensitizing with Ella

  Also, figure-eight training:

Confidence-building with Ella

Using the “Look at That” (LAT) technique from Leslie McDevitt that we learned at the Karen Pryor Training Rach with Ken Ramirez, Ella is living new and unusual surfaces, and loving all sorts of new people in her life (including this sweet baby!)

Week-long seminar with world-famous Ken Ramirez

The Pawsitivity staff is taking a continuing education seminar with Ken Ramirez this week, and it’s fascinating!  

Update from upcoming Impact Assessment

9/5/19: Al Onkka from independent third-party Aurora Consulting in Minneapolis, MN just posted about the upcoming independent third-party impact Evaluation of Pawsitivity:   

When Lexi’s woman graduated high school, she posted this awesome pic

You can follow their progress on Instagram at #respect.the.lex

Meeting with Bailey and his boy

We had a follow-up meeting with Autism Service Dog, Bailey, who we trained for his boy many years ago. Bailey’s boy is going to be fourteen years old soon. How time flies!

Cintas in Minnesota open to hiring employees with autism and other disabilities

8/1/19: Cintas in Minnesota is seeking talented applicants for open positions in Minnesota, and is very open to people on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities.  Below is a partial list of current open positions. You can access the full listing of positions online at   Continue reading

Adding bigger patches

Palmer’s boy’s mom tells me that adults (but not kids) STILL pet Palmer while she’s working, so, just like for Lexi, we’ve got bigger stop sign patches. Check the second photo for the updated vest! Continue reading

Cheapest Five-Star Dog Food Kibble on

AAII (Animal Assisted Intervention International) now recommends NOT feeding a raw diet to dogs because of salmonella concerns, so I looked up all the five-star dry kibble (as rated by and checked out which brands were available on Amazon with free shipping. Note that many of these dog foods are not shipped via Amazon Prime, but they still have free shipping (or I included the shipping in the final price). Here is the list, with prices, weights, and cost per pound. Continue reading