Better Behaved Dogs


Wood River Press, March 1, 2007
Animal Behaviorist Christina Johnson

Helps pets, owners find balance
By Patricia Ann Chaffee

Animal behaviorist, Christina Johnson of Richmond, is finding herself increasingly in demand as pets move up the social hierarchy within families. More and more, pets are taking on significant roles in the family structure and challenging behaviors can result. Pets are clearly a bigger part of the family.Read full article

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dominance article
Providence Journal
Monday, November 9, 2009

By Tom Meade

Dominance has its place, and she keeps it that way Roller Derby is one passion of Christina Johnson; the other is helping dogs and their owners find peaceful balance

Roz Rustigian used to own a Doberman Pinscher named Zoro, who was terrorizing her household. The dog had been given up by a woman who could not handle him.
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Providence Journal, South County
March 4, 2002

By Gerald M. Carbone 

These dogs allow a bit of freedom

Paws for Independence trains homeless dogs to work for people who are disabled. 

RICHMOND—The big dog walks slowly, matching her pace to the roll of the motorized wheelchair climbing the ramp to the coffee shop.Read full article

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Grads article
These grads have one mission To help
Shelter dogs trained to help the disabled
By David Kurowski

EXETER—Rhode Island has found itself with a new training school, but don’t be alarmed—this one is for the dogs.

Paws for Independence, (PFI), is a new assistance dog training school that trains canines for those with disabilities and special needs.Read full article

Rescued dog helps woman in wheelchair
By Ryan Blessing
The Sun

RICHMONDTheresa Jodoin calls her new German Shepherd, Carry, a godsend.

Carry is a service dog that has been specially trained to aid people, such as Jodoin, in wheelchairs. Read full article

Lending a helping hand…or paw
By Ryan Blessing
The Sun

RICHMOND – “Carry,” a German Shepherd, and “Alice,” a Yellow Labrador, are two remarkable dogs who can do much more than fetch a stick. In fact, they are opening doors – figuratively and literally – for disabled people Read full article


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