Including events, news, and almost-daily updates on how training is progressing for the service dogs.


Grocery store

Grocery stores present lots of problems, the hardest perhaps being stopping/starting (and asking for sit) over as over, but others include keeping the dog from sniffing food, keeping dog from getting its tail run over, noisy carts, and crowded checkout lines.   

Incredible video about police and what they go through

From retired police officer Steve Warneke comes an an incredible presentation about PTSD, LEDS, and what these brave police officers go through daily.

Lovely carpeting for training

Palmer the service dog in training for a girl with autism is pleased that both the post office and the bank had carpeted sections. Nice!!  

Study shows adults taking pain of girls less seriously

New peer-reviewed study shows that adults in the study who watch a film of a child experiencing pain rated the child as having less pain if they are told that the child is named Samantha (rather than if they are told the child’s name is Samuel). Basically, they rate the girl as more over-reacting. :-(

Bill for MN State Dog!

If you watch (or listen, or read) the news tonight, this dog (Daniel) and this round pin on his vest (for MN State Dog proposal) will be on the news! The Minnesota Legislature is considering a bill to name the Minnesota State Dog as the Labrador Retriever, and they selected Pawsitivity Service Dogs to partner with this proposal! There’s even a website for it at Continue reading

Zen-mat replacement when traveling

We teach the dog to love their elevated mat (Kuramda bed) by rewarding them for staying on it (they can sit, or lie down, or stand, but they must stay on the mat). This technique is great for when visitors come over or when we are eating. What do we use when we travel? Solution: a folded up towel or blanket.  Here you you can see Palmer, who was getting over-aroused (excited), so we asked her to stay on this folded-up blanket. 5 minutes later, she was gratefully sleeping.  

“Down” in public settings

Handlers are encourage to cue “Down” to the service dog in public places (like this grocery store) whenever possible because the dog looks so obviously under control to the public (it helps foster an environment of acceptance, which benefits all people with disabilities). 

Lying next to the wall in restaurants

When entering a restaurant with a service dog, it’s best to ask for a table next to a wall (if one happens to be available) so the dog will be out of the aisle. Good dog!