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Ukraine news about dog rescue

Your donations to the Ukraine Dog Rescue Fund are going to work! (You can donate the Ukraine Animal Rescue Fund.) Your donations are going to volunteers who are giving away dog food to Kiev, Kharkiv, Kryvyi Rih, and the Poltava and Kherson regions, citizens who can't get out to buy dog or cat food, and funds are being provided to a number of shelters to help them keep their dogs and cats. These include small impromptu animal shelters that are set up in homes.      Continue reading

Navigating MSP Airport Program for people with autism

This program at the Minneapolis and St Paul airport helps children on the autism spectrum to navigate the airport by offering free monthly practice runs! You and your kiddo can practice going through security and experiencing the airport stimuli without any time pressure. Continue reading

Six Feet to Independence

The following is a wonderful guest post by the author of the book, “Six Feet to Independence,” Lauryn Walton. It's easy to think you know what it's like to have a service dog when you see one in public. However, what the public sees is only the tip of the iceberg. Most people don't realize that having a service dog is one of the hardest ways to mitigate your disability. I recently wrote a book titled Six Feet to Independence where I go into six areas most first-time handlers don't know to think about before they get the dog. The one I want address here is the fact that a service dog is just that--a dog. Continue reading

We love Better Bondz Dog Training

We feel so lucky to be associated with Master Dog Trainer Ray Nichols of Better Bondz Dog Training in Burlington County, NJ! He can be reached at (908) 240-3430. Continue reading

Full accredited member of the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans

New! Pawsitivity Service Dogs is now a full accredited member of the the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans. Continue reading

Thank you, veterans!

Ableism and other topics from Michelle Lauren Anderson

The awesome Michelle Lauren Anderson from Survivor Not Victim, featured in the Phoenix Society, on ableism, “thriving with accommodations”, fighting for independence, accepting limitations, preventing ableism, utilizing coping strategies, helping others thrive, and more! Continue reading

Text of the PAWS Act

August 25, 2021: Now that the U.S. military has finished a study that proves that, yes, PTSD service dogs help veterans, Congress has passed the PAWS act. Here is the text. Continue reading

Notes on Socialization

As mentioned in our post about the concept of Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive, punishment easily backfires, causing fear and aggression.  Continue reading

LIMA (Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive)

When a dog has a behavior problem, the first impulse can be to solve the problem with punishment. According to LIMA, however, punishment is virtually never required because there are many other methods to change behavior (that do not cause side effects such as fear and aggression). Note: Many of these solutions require that you previously train Sit-Stay (with distractions) before the problem happens. Continue reading