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Dog-assisted Therapy Presentation

  We had a great time meeting all of the mental health consumers and professionals at the annual Shocco Springs conference.  We would like to thank Dr. Schumacher, James Harris, and David Williams with NAMI for working with McDonald Canine … Continue reading

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Dr. (Joe) Schumacher, Ph.D. Endorsement

I have had the privilege of receiving services from the McDonald Canine Academy as the result of an injury to my boxer (“Doc”) resulting in the complete loss of his sight. As a behavioral psychologist myself, I was attracted to … Continue reading

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Come on by…

Located on Rocky Ridge Road in Vestavia, McDonald Canine Academy is centrally located to offer convenience and accessibility.  Here you can enjoy a free consultation with a qualified canine behaviorist.

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Samford University and McDonald Canine Academy

We are proud to announce that we’re training the next Samford University “Bulldogs” football mascott. “Rex” should be ready to make his first appearance next year!

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Meet Splash! The very lucky service dog.

A Woman, A Dog A Life Returned By Rosalind Fournier, Photo by Chris Luker For six years, Janet Skotnicki and her miniature schnauzer, Annabelle, were a volunteer team with the nonprofit organization Hand-in-Paw. Hand-in-Paw arranges for animals and their owners, … Continue reading

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McDonald Canine – UAB Psychology Department, Grand Rounds

This week clinical psychologist Dr. Joseph Schumacher will be presenting our Dog Assisted Work Therapy model (DAWT) known also as the McDonald – Schumacher Approach to the UAB psychology department Grand Rounds.

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