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"Wrestle for Good" Virtual Wrestling Clinic on 7/1/2020 with Gable Stevenson

Do you love wrestling? Want to donate to Pawsitivity in a new and interesting way? 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

Rhino helping his boy do his schoolwork during the pandemic

Rhino is an autism service dog who we love, and we love that he is now helping his new boy!

Lela the Service Dog is loving the quarantine time

Lela is an autism service dog who now helps out her boy's entire family!

Harley the Church Dog

Watch this video story of how Harley the PTSD Service Dog became Harley the Facility Dog (Church Dog).

Great PSA from Grady's boy's mom

As we all struggle through the COVID-19 scariness and panic, Grady's boy's mom made a great Public Service Announcement:

Update from Harley

Harley the facility dog graduated several years ago, but we thought you'd like to see one of his latest pictures (doing "Leave It" with a Cheerio on his nose!) Continue reading

Anger issues and service dogs

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

Getting a service dog if you have a dog already

People often ask us if we recommend getting a service dog if they already have a pet dog. While we have done that before, it's not ideal, and some organizations won't do it at all. A service dog is supposed to be focused on you and be able to help you with your disability. When a family has a pet dog, though, the service dog will naturally want to play with the other dog he/she will learn that there are plenty of other fun things in the world besides you. This scenario is far from ideal, and it's one reason why we insist that handlers never bring their service dog to a dog park.  Continue reading

Innovation for escalators

While we usually train our psychiatric service dogs (and all our service dogs)  to handle elevators, we tell the handlers that it's always best to use an elevator or stairs because a dog's nail can get caught in escalator tread. One handler came up with a neat workaround though: putting secure booties on the dog!    Continue reading

Fun pics from a graduated service dog

Xander’s man texted us these great pictures of Xander. They graduated several years ago, and have already gone on dozens of airplane journeys. We occasionally need to travel with a service dog, usually accompanying a recent graduated handler/service dog team, and if we have questions about the most recent regulations, we can always ask Xander’s man because he has such an incredible amount of experience flying together! Continue reading