Pawsitivity Service Dogs is proud to be a full member of AAII (Animal Assisted Intervention International). From AAII's website: Animal Assisted Intervention International is the only organization that offers standards and accreditation. Continue reading
Before Your Trip The most important thing you can do is communicate with the airline to let them know you’ll be bringing your service dog with you. When you book your ticket, either do it by phone or (if you book your ticket online) call the airline to tell them you will be traveling with your service dog. They will make a note in your records which will appear on your ticket. Continue reading
Minnesota statute # HF3157*/SF2646/CH106: A new 2018 Minnesota law: An offender with a fake service dog will be subject to a $100 fine on the 1st offense, and for a second offense, charged with a misdemeanor which can include $1000 fine and/or 90 days in prison.
One of our mentors, Dr. Beth Rausch, DVM, sent me this great article about a child with autism: MPR News
The Cintas company in Minnesota is seeking talented applicants for open positions in the Minneapolis/St Paul, MN metro area, and the company is open to people on the autism spectrum disorder, and people with other disabilities. Below is a partial list of current open positions. Continue reading
New peer-reviewed study in Science Daily: Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50% two years after fecal transplant. Woah... In a new study, researchers demonstrate long-term beneficial effects for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder through a revolutionary fecal transplant technique known as microbiota transfer therapy (MTT). Read more here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190409093725.htm
The Charities Review Council has strict standards, and Pawsitivity Service Dogs is proud to once again make those standards. Hip, hip, hurray!
Trigger warning: These videos show self-harm which can be triggering to some viewers. Pawsitivity Service Dogs has been training a Psychiatric Service Dog for the task of helping with self-harming behaviors like scratching (shown with the trainer) and cutting. Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Continue reading
One of the requirements for an Autism Service Dog is that they provide a task for the person with autism (this requirement is set by the Americans with Disabilities Act). The most common Autism Service Dog Tasks are: Medication reminder Tethering (for a child who bolts or elopes) Lap Turning on lights (for the child who is afraid to go into a dark bedroom) Lap (the weight and pressure of the dog is soothing) Continue reading