CoinUp Donor Match


#stepup&coinupAt this time in our journey through the stress, anxiety, social isolation, loss, grief and the multitude other ways this pandemic is impacting us your support is even more essential. We need your generosity more than ever to continue the work we do saving the lives of shelter dogs that transform the lives of those struggling with mental illness. You can make a huge difference in the lives of so many at this time. If you need our services please continue to reach out to us.  We are here for you. Sending everyone our healing thoughts, energy and gratitude.

We hope you and your family are healthy and safe. Without a doubt, this is a challenging time for all of us, which means the need for your generous support has never been greater.

There’s a simple way everyone can step up and give at any level without adding one more task to your To-Do list. Round up and donate your “digital” spare change with Coin Up App when you use your debit or credit card for everyday purchases. For every new donor until May 31st, Coin Up will donate Continue Reading →


Penny in Action

We wanted to share this brief video of one of Penny & Lorie’s training sessions. I hope it helps those interested in our program see how we train some of the tasks that mitigate the effects of Lorie’s symptoms. Lorie is training Penny to retrieve her meds that are in a bag in a drawer and deliver them to her so she doesn’t forget to take her meds. She is learning to open drawers with the interactive dog toy: Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Casino Advanced Puzzle Toy – Stimulating Interactive Dog Game for Dispensing Treats, leaning, pawing, nudging when Lorie has a panic attack and targeting to turn on and off lights so Lorie can enter rooms that aren’t dark. Penny learns quickly and all of our training sessions are filled with playtime, relaxation/stress reduction techniques and positive reward based training that are building a bond between them and an awareness of human and animal communication and body language. Enjoy!

Thanks Thalia for capturing Penny and Lorie and making this video for us.


Over Threshold

What does it mean when we say a dog is “over threshold?”

It means the dog is over the optimal level of arousal to learn or perform.

As with all terminology, the exact meaning will vary according to the culture you are speaking within. A person in the protection sports talking about over threshold may have a different tolerance level than a person who specializes in changing dog behavior.   But at the end of the day, we say a dog is over threshold when it is no longer able to perform or learn.

It would probably be more accurate to say no longer able to perform or learn at an “optimal level”, because even dogs who are extremely over threshold sometimes manage to perform or learn, especially if their life Continue Reading →

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