WANTED: Service Dog Trainers & Assistants!

An update on our Service Dog program

By Carolyn Peters Let’s start spring by celebrating the birthdays of our trio of brother service dogs in training: Born on March 22, 2022. Sundance and Mac (also known as “officer friendly”) have been training for a year and are ready for placement. Both have responded well to our process�

Out in the field – fulfilling our Education and Outreach mission

Jim Hodgdon Each month, depending on the season, we make any number of presentations about Pawsitive Teams and the varied roles of dogs that help people. During these events, our volunteer teams bring their dogs and demonstrate the skills they have for the role they play.   On September 24,2023

And then there were …more dogs in Training!
Date November 16, 2023

Wilson (13 months), Sundance, and Mac (both 20 months) continue to excel in their training. They are now focusing on retrieving various items in many different environments and, of course, taking their adventures outdoors.  In late October, we brought Sundance and Mac’s brother Whiskey into o

Your Vote WILL Count | Purina Impact Award

Purina Dog Chow is currently running a Visible Impact Award Contest for US veterans who are matched with service dogs trained to mitigate their partner’s Post Traumatic Stress. The field was narrowed down this past July to only five national finalists and our newest service dog team, Sondra and Bo

Wilson Summer 2023 Update

Wilson!!! We know everyone enjoys updates on our pups. Wilson is now 8 months old and just under 60 pounds. We continue solidifying or “proofing” his foundation skills by having adventures at Sunset Cliffs, restaurants, coffee shops, and stores. It sounds fun, but remember, he is still very you

It’s a Family Affair

We’re happy to announce that two English Labrador Retriever brothers from Washington State recently joined the Pawsitive Teams Service Dog Training Team here in San Diego. These one-year-old black labs are handsome, full of life, and clearly love people. They were met by their Aunt Cricket, also a beautiful black…

Dog Training in Your Home? It Works!

By Charli King Co-founder, Service Dog Trainer From hot weather in the summer to cold weather in the winter, you may want to use your home as your training field! Training in your home can be effective for therapy, facility, or service dogs. It’s full of tools you can use.…

25 Stories for 25 Years—Allie Kelly & Service Dog Kenji
Date July 21, 2022

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebration, we’ve created a series of short video interviews with 25 members of the Pawsitive Teams family. Our first video features a mobility service dog team, Allie Kelly & Kenji. Allie just signed the Ownership Agreement and now Kenji is officially hers. They’ve both…

My, How You’ve Grown!

Pawsitive Teams Celebrates its 25th Year   Think back to 1997, if you were even born:-) Two women, Carol Davis and Charli King, in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood of San Diego, were puppy raisers for a local service dog training organization. They would spend many, many months working with and…

What is Accreditation at Pawsitive Teams?

by Eileen Heveron, Executive Director As everyone knows, in this day and age there are many organizations—both for profit and not for profit—that provide service dogs to individuals with a wide variety of disabilities. Donors would like to know what sets Pawsitive Teams and other worthy organizations apart from the…

In the Beginning …. Who is Pawsitive Teams?

Charli King and I started Pawsitive Teams (PT) in 1997 after being introduced to the world of service dogs while puppy raising for two different service dog organizations. We both embraced the concept but wanted to have more contact with those receiving these well-trained dogs and we also wanted to…