Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond, by Meg Daley Olmert, 2009 Biggest note for me: How oxytocin makes dogs and people love each other Four of the scientific terms that influence how humans are affected by animals Working with animals we love produces oxytocin Watching animals triggers motor neurons Exposure effect makes us like them even more "Hunter's Trance" Continue reading
If you are looking for a terrific recommendation for a dog trainer in the Willingboro, NJ, area (by Camden, NJ), I highly recommend Ray Nichols at Better Bondz Dog Training! I’ve known Ray for several years, ever since we met when we were both taking an advanced dog-behavior skills workshop. When I trained with him, we worked with a whole shelter full of pit bulls and other rescue dogs, and Ray blew me away with his skills and approach. He has a wonderfully gentle, calm, clear manner that the dogs always respond to incredibly well. Ray is a 100% positive and force-free dog trainer, and he really knows his stuff. He’s not only AMAZING at training, but also, he can read any dog’s body language and can evaluate and fix any number of behavior problems. He’s a Certified Master Dog Trainer from the Catch Canine Dog Training Academy, a US Army veteran, and I’m so proud to be friends with him! Continue reading
Do you love wrestling? Register for this Wrestle for Good virtual clinic, Wednesday, 7/1/20 at 6:00pm CST! The clinic is $28 and benefits Pawsitivity Service Dogs. Executive Director Tom Coleman is attending, but the real draw is: Wrestler Gable Stevenson of the University of the Minnesota Wrestling Team! Gable loves service dogs! Through Wrestle for Good, he has designated Pawsitivity Service Dogs for his July 1, 2020 virtual clinic beneficiary. Go, Gable! Continue reading
Watch this video story of how Harley the Service Dog became Harley the Facility Dog (Church Dog).
As we all struggle through the COVID-19 scariness and panic, Grady's boy's mom made a great Public Service Announcement:
We really hesitate to recommend a service dog for someone who has anger issues because having a service dog is difficult enough without adding extra problems. An exception is sometimes children with autism, who often have impulse control problems and difficulties in controlling their emotions. Continue reading