Tag Archives: service dogs

Positively Dog Training Episode 408

Posted on: June 5, 2015 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly talk about international dog welfare controversies, and get Canine Assistants founder Jennifer Arnold on the Positively Hotline to discuss her new concept for training both service dogs and companion dogs.

Service Dog is Symbol of Hope After Boston Bombings

Posted on: April 27, 2014 - No Comments

In an instant, countless lives were changed forever. The Boston Marathon bombings left a country in shock, and sixteen people lost limbs in the explosion. Two of those people were newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, who each lost a leg in the bombing. Jessica and Patrick's injuries were among the most severe of the Read More

Blind Couple United by Guide Dogs

Posted on: April 7, 2014 - No Comments

A blind couple had two very special four-legged friends to thank at their wedding--their guide dogs. Mark Gaffey and Claire Johnson met at a guide dog training session, where their two Labrador Retrievers took to each other immediately, and were often caught playing and cuddling with each other during training. Mark and Claire noticed that Read More

Therapy Dogs Help Ease College Stress

Posted on: December 20, 2013 - 1 Comment

When you think of a therapy dog, you may picture a dog that visits hospitals or nursing homes. But these incredible dogs are taking on a whole new job--relieving the stress of college students during their final exams. Exam week at any university is a tense and stressful time. Students can be found in just Read More

Blind Man and Heroic Guide Dog Survive Subway Nightmare

Posted on: December 19, 2013 - 5 Comments

I have always had a special fondness and appreciate for service dogs, and this story is a beautiful reminder of the difference they make in our community. 61-year-old Cecil Williams was headed to a routine visit to the dentist with his guide dog, Orlando, when the unthinkable happened. As the pair stood on the platform Read More

How a Dog United Two Soldiers

Posted on: July 1, 2013 - No Comments

Karen Shirk has spent much of her life matching service dogs for people in need. She had a German Shepherd named Gabriel ready for disabled war veteran Derek McConnell, but he sadly passed away due to complications from his injuries before he could meet Gabriel. Jake Murphy was the next veteran matched for Gabriel, and Shirk was stunned at the link between the two soldiers. Unbeknownst to Shirk, the two veterans served in the same unit and were injured on the same day. It seems it was truly fate that a dog united these two heroes.

Positively Dog Training Episode 301

Posted on: August 26, 2012 - 6 Comments

Victoria & Holly's new podcast season includes a recap of the past several months, a chat to Canine Assistants founder Jennifer Arnold, and a report on the Lennox case.