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So far Jim Lessenberry has created 7 blog entries.

Therapy Dogs Help Calm People Under Stress

By Patricia Montemurri and L.L. Brasier. Originally printed Detroit Free Press and published online, Feb. 18, 2013 DETROIT – Because of Henry -- a gentlemanly, chocolate-and-white Portuguese waterdog -- once-silent autistic students at Novi High School now have a voice. A Doberman pinscher named Tuesday is credited with helping 11 former servicemen graduate last week from Redford [...]

2018-07-25T15:18:55+00:00July 25th, 2018|

Taking the ‘Bite’ Out of the Family Dog

Originally printed in MetroParent for Southeast Michigan, May 2018 Issue Does Fido have a little too much bite in his bark? It may be time to treat him to a bit of professional help. Animal Learning Systems, a Grosse Pointe Farms-based animal behavior organization, which has clients in nine states across the U.S., takes the [...]

2018-07-25T15:14:52+00:00July 16th, 2018|

Spotlight on Grosse Pointe’s Finer Dogs

Originally printed in Grosse Pointe News, Vo. 70 No. 31 Mama & Boris Pointers, likely more so than others, will remember the 2007 Christmas saga of a young mother and her pup, befriended in Baghdad by Army Sgt. Peter Neesley. Peter relocated Mama, who was less than a year old, and her 4 month old [...]

2017-08-14T14:54:39+00:00April 7th, 2017|

Meet James

Originally printed in Grosse Pointe Magazine, July-August 2016 Animal Learning Systems "I have been practicing as an animal behaviorist for over 30 years, and while most of our clients are from southeast Michigan, we are proud to have clients in nine states and Canada," says Lessenberry. Animal Learning Systems on Mack Ave. in the Farms boasts [...]

2017-09-24T16:49:27+00:00April 7th, 2017|

Welcome to the Family: A Handy Guide for New Pet Parents

By Susan Peck Originally printed in NeighborhoodSEEN, May 2015 Shop for organic food, schedule a manners class, book a doctor's appointment for shots, and pick out a new daycare ... so much to do as a new parent – a pet parent, that is. For most of us, our new pet will become another important addition [...]

2017-09-05T14:17:45+00:00April 7th, 2017|

“So, what do you do for a living?”

In my professional work, I see families whose lives have become challenged beyond their abilities to cope, by the behavior and perceived emotional status of their pet. The family’s fingers typically point to the family dog or dogs, but can often involve cats, or other animals kept as household pets. I hadn’t seen a pot-bellied [...]

2017-09-24T16:47:48+00:00February 27th, 2017|
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