Holding Down-Stay at Kung-Fu

Palmer held her Down-Stay for an hour-long Kung Fu class, so as a reward, she got petting from a little girl!

White paper (draft) by by AVMA about service dogs

In 2017, the American Veterinary Medical Association created a peer-reviewed white paper, written by their Welfare Division. it was created by their Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions.  Continue reading

New stimuli

It’s another snowy day, so today we worked on exposure to new things, including seeing costumes, wearing costumes, balloons being inflated and deflated (and popping!), smelling perfumes, wearing a basket muzzle, and hearing the sound of banging on pots and pans.

From the Atlantic: "Services Cliff" at age 21 for people with autism

Pawsitivity's mission focuses on helping children at a critical stage in life...because at age 21, most kiddos "age out" of a lot of services: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/02/lack-services-adults-autism/582586/ -Pointed out by the wonderful Heather Christopherson at Heather Christopherson and Associates.

“Good Dog!” vs “Yes!” (Video)

When we cue the dog to do something (like Sit), and then say “Yes,” we then then give her a treat. Julie likes to use the phrase, “If you say it, pay it.” However, if the handler’s hands are full, or something, and can’t give treats, we just use the phrase “Good girl!” as a reward. (Then she’ll know that she did it right, but there’s no treat coming).

Great article about giving to Hurricane Dogs charities

Having raised funds for Hurricane Dogs, it's nice to present this great article about finding a good charity for Hurricane Dog Rescue! (Note that Pawsitivity is accredited by the organization that the article talks about. https://www.consumersadvocate.org/features/give-org

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