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- Tom Coleman is the Executive Director of Pawsitivity Service Dogs and is a certified dog trainer and an American Kennel Club approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator.
- Julie Coleman, CPDT-KA, is the Head Trainer at Pawsitivity, and is a certified dog trainer and trained at CATCH Dog Training Academy at the St Hubert Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ in positive-reinforcement force-free training methods. Julie is a professional member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), and has taken dog-training seminars in person from Ian Dunbar, Sue Sternberg, and Connie Cleveland. Julie has also studied the Volhardt Four-Drive dog-assessment theory at Mahogany Ridge in Culpepper, Virginia.
- Their book, Service Dogs: The Rescue and Training of Heroes, is a 2016 Midwest Book Award Finalist. Rather than charge for the book, they have uploaded the relevant text and pictures onto the various pages of this website, available for free for all to read.
the classroom therapy dog - plus, his Facebook page
and his boy - plus, their Facebook page
and his handler
- Tom and Julie Coleman's story
(founders of Pawsitivity)
- Every day 22 Veterans take their own lives. (Source: Center for Disease Control)
- One out of 68 children in the U.S. have autism. (Source: Suicide Data Report, US Department of Veterans)
- The lifetime cost for an individual with autism (even without an intellectual disability) averages $1,400,000. If the person has an intellectual disability, the lifetime cost is double that number. (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association)
- 1.2 million unwanted dogs are killed each year in the U.S. (Source: Pet statistics, ASPCA)
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Informal glossary of terminology (for precise wording, see links):
- A "Service Dog" is trained for someone with a disability, and is trained specifically for that person. The disability has to be severe. Source: Americans with Disabilities Act. Also known as an "Assistance Dog" or "Service Animal".
- A "Therapy Dog" can be owned by anyone, and then (when invited to visit), the therapy dog can be brought to hospitals, nursing homes, and such, to help comfort people. Since the person doesn't have a disability, the dog cannot be taken anywhere else or any other times (no matter how well-trained the dog is). The designation is an informal term and doesn't have special laws. Source: American Kennel Club.
- An "Emotional Support Dog" is a term that's only used by the airlines and rental housing. For instance, with a doctor's letter that is less than 30 days old, a person can fly with the animal. Source: Federal Aviation Administration.
- "Children with autism" is preferred to "autistic children" (much like "people with disabilities" is preferred to "disabled people").
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Downloadable Pawsitivity logo:
- On YouTube
- Downloadable in MP4 format
Here are 10 photos of Pawsitivity dogs, in two versions: low-resolution (web) and high-resolution (print).