Category Archives: Service Dogs

Showing Honor & Respect – Veterans With Service Dogs

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Many great articles have been posted recently about how the public should behave around service dogs. As a trainer for Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE), I would like to add some perspective from another vantage point. I speak out to bring awareness to the plight of our American heroes who now have hope and a sense of independence […]

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Happy New Year To Our Dogs | New Year’s Resolutions Of A Dog Owner

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As your owner, I promise to learn about you… As I begin this blog on January 1st, my mind keeps taking me to the concept of new beginnings. A fresh start can, however, begin any day of the year at any hour that you choose.

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Training Service Dogs For Disabled Veterans | My Personal Reflections One Year Later

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Veterans Day will never be quite the same for me from this year forward. It was exactly one year ago when my daughter, Christina, and I attended a meeting of the newly formed Northwest Professional Dog Trainers Association. As everyone was introducing themselves and their training businesses, we had our first exposure to Dr. Michelle […]

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Birthday Party Goes To The (Service) Dogs

Leading up to Christmas or birthdays, most young children begin compiling a list of all the gifts they would like to receive. When they run out of ideas they usually begin studying the store inserts in the newspaper for the newest toys.

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Therapy Dog Comforts Students Following Reynolds High School Shooting | Everyone Needed “Hope”

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A few years ago I got a call from a lovely woman named Sharee. She had recently purchased a Doodle puppy who she had named “Hope,” a name which was turning out to be a bad fit!

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Paws Assisting Veterans

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We are so happy to have recently become involved with Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE), a non-profit organization based out of the Portland Oregon area which is “dedicated to training service dogs for veterans with mental and/or physical disabilities and to advance public knowledge of service dogs and the essential roles they play.”

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The Story on Service Dogs

We all appreciate the partnership that has evolved between canines and humans. We marvel as dogs are being trained to perform duties that we never dreamed possible!

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The Therapeutic Value of Dogs & Play

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This week we had the privilege to receive Dr. Risë VanFleet in Portland at the Annual Fall Play Therapy Conference. Dr. VanFleet has many credentials in both psychology and dog training, she has worked with therapists and trainers all around the world, and written dozens of books. 

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Dog and Child, Something Magical

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I recently had an almost “heavenly” experience when I was privileged to be reuniting a service dog to his most special little owner. Prior to being with me for training, Jasper had been with Takota since he was a young pup.

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Working with a Service/Therapy Dog

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Involved dog owners these days are frequently working with their dogs to serve others.  Many people have a service dog of their own for various disabilities and others may be in training with their pets to be helpful in the areas of therapy at hospitals or care centers.  

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