Service Dog Gets New Boots

This is Molly

Service Dog Molly

This is Molly and her owner Vick.

Service Dog Molly 4

When Vick called saying he had to carry Molly home the other day due to cold and salt, my heart broke for them. He had no winter boots for Molly to protect her feet, and they had no transportation so they had to walk everywhere they went. After doing some research I found and with money that people had donated into our non-profit organization Abuse Bites and I was able to order the boots Molly so desperately needed.

Please take just a minute and see Molly walking in her new boots! It’s sure to put a smile on your face. Merry Christmas!

Click Here to see: Service Dog Molly In Her New Boots

Check out more pictures on our new facebook page @ Lisa Free Photography and Abuse Bites

Lisa Freeman

Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Dog Trainer, and Photographer


Tips for Breaking Food Aggression


I apologize for not blogging at my normal midweek Wednesday morning time. My mother has taken ill and we’ve had one family crisis after another recently. Thankfully, things are beginning to stabilize a little.

As promised last week, after the video of my three dogs eating peacefully together, I said I would be highlighting tips to break food aggression in dogs.

We adopted Kota, our 10 month old Carolina pup, 4 months ago. He was wild, crazy, and had food and toy aggression. He had been crated, didn’t know how to play properly without hurting dogs/people, and he was fearful that he wouldn’t get enough to eat. You couldn’t tell it by the video last week could you? Exactly. If you’re experiencing this type of aggression, these tips below should help.

TIPS to Stop Food Aggression:

1- Make your dog sit and stay while you dish up their food. By doing this you show them that you own the food, not them, and you’re the pack leader. Dogs can become anxious when they don’t feel like you’re the pack leader. A fearful dog is a danger to itself and others.

2- When bringing a new dog into the mix, use separate feeding dishes, in separate areas if necessary until the dogs blend into a pack.

3 – If you notice one of your dog’s growling, barking and/or biting over food, correct the behavior immediately with a firm “Aaht” and remove them from the food dish (you may need to seek a trainer for really aggressive dogs).

4 – As the dogs become less aggressive, move their food dishes closer together, even side by side.

5 – When no aggression is present, pour all the food into one dish and supervise and correct unwanted aggressive behavior as needed.

Lisa Freeman is an author and motivational speaker from Owosso, Michigan. 14 years ago she was rescued by an abused, runaway dog, since then she has been rescuing other dogs and people. She is an AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer, and Award-Winning Certified Pet Therapist. She specializes in obedience, agility, service dog work, pet therapy, and behavior modification. Click Here to learn more about Lisa and her non-profit organization to help both people and pets.

When Puppy Play Turns Crazy

Puppy Play Crazy

Above Kota & Charlie/Play Training Session

Our new rescue pup, Kota, is a 9 month old Carolina Dog mix. He’s a little crazy and becomes wild aggressive when he plays. At first, when he came to live with us and I tried to initiate play with my four-pound Teacup Yorkie, Lover, Kota would get into attack mode by scrunching down, wiggling his hind end, as if hunting prey, then sprint at lightning speed across the room and lunge on top of Lover. He reminds me more of a Cheetah than a dog, with his speed, body movements and crazy behavior.

As a dog trainer his behavior sent red flags all over the place. From the moment we brought him home I had to supervise him with any other dogs and often intervene during play. I’m not sure about Kota’s history, but he loves toys and can become aggressive and territorial with them. He thinks all toys are his. We’ve had to break his aggressive behavior and teach him to “leave it” and even learn to share.

We’ve only had him a couple months and I haven’t worked with him a lot, since he’s really my son’s dog, but he is doing a lot better, as you can see by this youtube video. This video was taken today on my iphone by my son. Not the best video, but it should give dog owners some pointers.

Do you have a crazy pup/dog that is aggressive with toys, that growls, bites, jumps? We’d like to hear your story–maybe we’ll even share it in our next blog!

In the meantime here are some TIPS THAT SHOULD HELP:

  1. Always play with your puppy with a toy, never your personal belongings or your hands/ this will prevent two things: them from biting you, and from chewing your things up.
  2. Always supervise a your puppy and other pups and dogs while playing, as well as your children.
  3. Discipline when play gets out of hand with “Aaht-aaht” or “Oops” give them a short time out before initiating play again/ this will teach them when they are biting, lunging, jumping and out of control they cannot play.
  4. Teach them to “drop it” by holding tension on toy, no more tugging and simply commanding “Drop It” if they do not release their jaws, say “drop it” again and gently bring your flat hand, palm side up, under their chin and give them a little undercut, not hard, just enough to get them to obey you. When they release it, say “Yes–good drop it”.
  5. Teach them to “leave it” so that they won’t bite you when you are going to grab their toy.
  6. Teach them “get it” when you want them to get it.
  7. If a dog is wagging his tail, you can most assuredly know that he is in a state of play, not aggression.

Lisa Freeman’s life really began fourteen years ago when she rescued a runaway, abused dog. She could not leave her home due to PTSD. That dog healed her, her family, and many others. Today Lisa Freeman is an Award-Winning Author, Motivational Speaker, AKC Evaulator, Dog Trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist. Contact Lisa

The Truth About Cats and Dogs–5 Lies Pet Owners Buy


Don’t Buy The Lies:

1. Affordable food will work: Just because dog or cat food is affordable doesn’t mean it’s good and safe for your pet. And just because it’s the most expensive brand on the market doesn’t mean it’s the best, either. Dogs and cats have specific needs, cats need more protein, where dogs need a balance of protein and good carbohydrates. Watch for foods that have bone meats. Strive for foods that have eggs, fish, and good sources of protein like liver. Corn is often used for a filler. With these foods, pets often eat more, mess more, and gain more weight. Healthier foods are more filling, so you use less, there’s less mess, and your pet stays in shape.

2. Dry food cleans your pets teeth: Dogs and cats have more pointed teeth, so maybe the hard chomping cleans the tips of their teeth, but it’s really just a big myth. Raw meats and bones are the best way to promote dental health because they message the area of the tooth closest to the gum where tooth decay begins.

3. People food is a no-no for pets: Actually as long as you feed your pet good, cooked or raw meat, veggies, and fruits, it is very healthy for them to have table scraps. However, to avoid them gaining weight, when you give them people food, cut down on their pet food serving for that day. I also wouldn’t recommend feeding them from the table, as that will instill poor manners. And do avoid grapes, onions, raisins, and other foods that are toxic for dogs and animals.

4. Changing food is dangerous and should be done over time: Holistic veterinarians actually encourage changing your pets diet frequently to avoid allergies from building up. When pets are given highly healthy food, their system has the capacity to digest even raw foods quickly. The only time their system may be upset is if they are hyper allergic or have been feeding on one of these less healthy diets high in corn, grain, and filled with meat by products.

5. It is okay for dogs and cats to share the same food: Wrong! Although there are a limited amount of canned foods that meet the needs of both cats and dogs, most cat foods are strictly for cats and most dog foods are designed only for dogs. If left to eat cat food, dogs can become overweight and develop pancreatitis. Since cats need less carbohydrates than dogs, they too can also gain weight but become deficient in a necessary amino acids such as Taurine.

References for this article can be found here


We’d love to hear from you.

What do you think is the best diet for your pet? What food or foods do you feed your dog or cat? Has your pet developed allergies?

Other health articles for families: Paws for Healing

Lisa Freeman is an author, speaker, and AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist, who has founded two non-profits. She specializes in rescuing and recovery of people and pets. She is the Healing Projects Specialist for the Bully Police USA and rehabilitates bullies (both people and dogs). Click here for more information

Rescue Dog Rescues Others

This was my first anti-bullying workshop without Snickers–a runaway rescue dog–by my side. It was a very emotional event to say the least. I had panic attacks and that dog is the one that enabled me to start speaking and sharing my story and our program in these workshops. Now in his memory we will continue to rescue both people and pets.

Visit our website to see all that we are doing to rescue both people and pets through our healing innovative programs!

Thank you so much

Lisa Freeman, Speaker, Trainer, Author

Are You Sending Your Dog Mixed Messages? 5 Tips to Get Your Dogs Attention


What Your Dog Sees

For years dogs have been noted to only being able to see in black and white, but last year Scientist Jay Neitz from the American university carried out experiments on dogs to test whether they could see in color or not. 

He discovered that while human eyes have three ‘cones’ that detect color and can identify red, blue, green and yellow light; dogs only have two.

This means dogs can distinguish blue and yellow, but not red and green. Read more.

So everything is NOT in black and white for your dog. And you, as the owner and trainer can easily be sending your dog mixed messages. Not just in the way they view color, but in the way they view what you are trying to say to them.

For instance if you tell your dog to get down from the couch… they’ve heard you say “down” before, so they may think you are telling them to “lay down”.


TIP  ONE: As a trainer I use the word “Off” when I want them to get off from someone or something. If I want them to lay down, I use the word “Down”. We may confuse our dogs if we aren’t using distinctive commands.

TIP TWO: Dogs learn in one or two words, not complete sentences. Although some dogs seem to listen to us jibber and jabber and even know, hear, and obey our every command, most other dogs don’t and won’t. So when I’m training my dogs, since I have four, I use their name followed by a one word command. “Snickers Sit.”

TIP THREE: Dogs are visual. When teaching commands, it is an excellent idea to use hand signals as well as verbal commands. Recently I had the opportunity to work with a Pitbull pup who was deaf. He had mouthing issues and his owner didn’t know how to teach him not to bite or how to get him to come, sit, and lay down. After one session this eight-week old puppy had learned the word “NO!” and not to bite, as well as come, sit and down, just by using distinctive hand signals.

TIP FOUR: Dogs can be calmer and less excitable if we remain calm and less excitable. For instance, if you don’t want your dog barking, jumping, and crazy when you walk in the door, don’t get them all excited and act excited to see them. Instead, calmly walk in, ignore them for the first 5-10 minutes and then, when they are settled and not paying attention to you, go find them and pay attention to them.

TIP FIVE: Dogs who get free treats have no reason to obey their owners. Instead of just giving your dog a bone or treat, ask them to do something: come, sit, shake, lay down, stand on their hind legs, sit pretty, dance or do something. Dogs want to receive affection and admiration from their owners as much as they want treats. Whereas a dog that gets free treats, all the time, will become overweight, disobedient, and stubborn.

Lisa Freeman is an award-winning author, speaker, and AKC Evaluator, Dog Trainer, and Certified Pet Therapist from Owosso, Michigan. She is a bully expert and specializes in behavioral modification in both people and dogs. She began rescuing dogs and people over 13 years ago when an abused, runaway pup charged under her van. Since then, she’s founded three non-profit organizations to bring hope, help, and healing to all. For more information log onto:




Abused Dog & Woman Rescue Others

Famous Author and Speaker Carol Kent interviews budding Author and Speaker Lisa Freeman about her inspiring story of how a runaway abused dog she never wanted rescued her, her family and so many others. Together they now do Paws for Healing workshops and assemblies in schools, churches and communities to educate on love, kindness, acceptance, etc to stop abuse, bullying and violence of both people and dogs. They also do rescues, and recently took a Border Collie into their home that was living on the streets for months.

Paws for Bullies

Lisa Freeman Anti-Bullying Speaker 9Last night we did our anti-bullying presentation at the Eaton County Fair in Charlotte, Michigan. We were asked to come and speak, after another speaker had cancelled. The 4-H Leader had called me saying she liked our program because we used therapy dogs and it would tie in with working with animals as well as anti-bullying–a theme they have working with since the first of the year.

We brought two of our dogs, Snickers and Baby Ruth, and shared both of their stories. Snickers was a runaway abused dog that healed everyone in our family and has went on to take that healing to others. Baby Ruth was our “bully dog” and was really hard to train. At a year and a half old because she wouldn’t come when called and she bolted out of our house, she ran into the path of an oncoming car and was hit. I freaked. Thankfully she was okay. I wanted to get rid of her, since I couldn’t train her, but I kept her, and worked with her even harder. Today, she’s trained, she comes when I call her, and she doesn’t bolt out the door, bark crazily, or chew on things. She’s not a bully anymore–Bullies can change. They can be better with the right help.

Last night in our anti-bullying rally, I also shared my son, Jeremiah’s story. He was bullied severely. He was threatened in high school and nearly ended his life. At the end of the presentation a young man came up to me and confessed that he was my son’s bully from school–that he was the one who threatened his life–and that he was very sorry and didn’t believe he had hurt him or us so much. Nothing meant more to me, than hearing those words. I gave him a huge hug and let him know that he was loved and forgiven.

Our workshops our geared to bring CHANGE and healing to victims, bystanders, and bullies, not to entertain a crowd or to bring in money. After doing careful research I learned that bullying and bullycide have actually increased since our laws have passed instead of decreasing. There were 1 out of 10 students that were bullied in 2010. Now there are 1 in 4. There were 1 in 10 who bullied, now there are 1 in 5.

Bullying and bullycide need to stop. Help us bring the change to your school, your community, your work place, your church, and your next event.