Canine behavior expert, Aaron McDonald, releases new book on canine cognition.

Birmingham, Alabama – Canine behavior expert, Aaron McDonald, has released a new, visual map of canine cognition that illustrates the mind and motivation of all dogs; a “Rosetta Stone” of dog behavior.

“This ‘inside-out’ theory will serve as a road-map to empower 43 million dog owning households and training professionals to understand and change their dog’s behavior with the ultimate goal of curbing the euthanasia rate of 1.2 million dogs per year in the United States,” says Aaron McDonald.

Aaron McDonald, Three Dimensional Dog

It is the first-ever integrated canine cognitive behavioral model which helps “dog parents” and training professionals interpret, diagnose, and positively impact unwanted behavior.

These concepts are explored in Aaron’s newly-released book, Three Dimensional Dog, A Unified Theory of Canine Behavior. In this book, the inner and outer life of dogs are analyzed and mapped in sequence from emotional needs to rational action plans, then to actions. This easy-to-read book comes complete with full-color cognitive illustrations and interesting anecdotal stories. It will serve as a foundation for all future dog training applications.

“This book is for the dog parent who is interested in understanding behavior and how to negotiate and establish a productive, safe, and mutually rewarding relationship with their pet.” ~Joseph Schumacher, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Scientist Practitioner

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How to Safely Make Your Store Dog Friendly

Check out Aaron McDonald’s interview with NCR concerning dog-friendly businesses. https://www.ncrsilver.com/how-to-safely-make-your-store-dog-friendly/

“In some cases, a cute pet in your shop may actually be a draw. But not every human customer appreciates encountering a pooch where they least expect one. And if you decide to allow dogs in, you’ll need to institute some policies and protocols — and be prepared to do some cleanup on aisle 5.”

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Vestavia Voice Feature

A big thank you to the Vestavia Voice for featuring MK-9 and helping to promote healthy relationships with dogs.

http://vestaviavoice.com/businesses/business-spotlights/mcdonald-canine-academy/

Dogs have always been a major part of Aaron McDonald’s life, and he’s always found them to be excellent teachers. As a canine behavior specialist and pet owner, he has learned relationship skills, persistence, consistency, focus and how to be transparent and honest in communication. In return, Aaron has spent 14 years seeking to improve dog-human relationships through the company he co-owns with his brother Kevin McDonald. Read on…

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Transitional Partners Program – 2nd Graduation!

Congratulations to our latest graduating class of the Transitional Partners Program. A huge thank you to all of our friends and clients who made the program possible. The students were walking tall with their new-found dog handling skills!

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Transitional Partners Program – 1st Graduating Class!

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Students at the Eastside Mental Health Center are learning how to be dog handlers as part of a dog-assisted work therapy program. Source: Alan Collins Students at the Eastside Mental Health Center are learning how to be dog handlers as part of a dog-assisted work therapy program. Source: Alan Collins

Thursday, the first group of students graduated from the Transitional Partners Program. Source: Alan Collins Thursday, the first group of students graduated from the Transitional Partners Program. Source: Alan Collins
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –

Today those with mental illness graduated from a unique training program that could lead to jobs.

It’s called the Transitional Partners Program, a groundbreaking dog-assisted work therapy for those with severe mental illness. Students at the Eastside Mental Health Center are trained to be dog handlers. This is the first graduation class for the program.

“They can also benefit from increased confidence. A feeling of responsibility, just like everyone else would. It increases the quality of their lives,” clinical psychologist Dr. Joseph Schumacher said.

Aaron McDonald with the McDonald Canine Academy says in this program, everyone benefits.

“Dogs will qualify as therapy dogs. They will go through an extensive training, 12 weeks, 24 hour training program,” he said.

McDonald hopes to see the program expanded if addition funding can be found through donations or grants.

Copyright 2012 WBRC. All rights reserved.

Newly trained therapy dog, “Wookie” saying hello to his trainer, Vaughn. Vaughn is one of seven certified “dog handler” students who is a part of the exciting Transitional Partners Program at Eastside Mental Health Center.

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The Way of the Dog, Huntsville Seminar

I had a great time Friday conducting the seminar “The Way of the Dog” to some outstanding Huntsville area dog trainers.  The focus of the seminar was understanding canine thought processes, and how those thoughts manifest as action in the physical world.

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K-9 “Ollie”, Congratulations!

We are pleased to announce that our student K-9, “Ollie” is now an officer with Brookside Police Department and was quickly credited with tracking down two fleeing criminals. Way to go, Ollie!

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Dollars for Dogs 2011

Our annual totals are in! We are pleased to announce that our Dollars for Dogs program has raised $2260.80 in 2011 for some outstanding local dog charities.

These include:
Bama Bully Rescue, Peace Love & Dog Paws Rescue, & Hand In Paw.

Please join us in helping to support these wonderful causes!
Aaron McDonald

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NAMI – 2011 Annual Conference

We would like to thank the National Alliance on Mental Illness for hearing our presentation of “Companion Dogs – A New Approach” at their 2011 Annual Conference in Montgomery. We had a great time. And keep up the good work!

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Companion Dogs: A New Approach

We would like to thank the Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards for hearing our presentation of “Companion Dogs: A New Approach”.  We had a packed house that was standing room only.  We look forward to implementing this innovative new approach and helping individuals achieve mental wellness using companion dogs.

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