Does the handler actually get to own the dog?

Yes. Some charities "co-own" their Service Dogs, but not Pawsitivity, and we will never forcibly "take back" the dog. Even if the handler passes away, the dog may be kept by the family as a loving and supportive pet.

Once we match dog and person, the handler owns the dog--we will continue with the dog’s rehabilitation and training until graduation, but the dog is theirs the whole time. :-)