Helping Your Dog with Its Fears


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Michigan Humane Society

Graduate professor and researcher Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches courses on organizational leadership and nonprofit administration. A longtime dog lover, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the Michigan Humane Society, which publishes an abundance of information related to pet behavior.

Early in life, dogs can display fear corresponding to certain external stimuli or perhaps to a specific person or situation. Rescued animals often exhibit fearful responses when they are in an environment that reminds them of an abusive situation. Once these fears have become manifest, it is important to address them immediately before they exacerbate and become more serious.

Initially, it is important to resist the urge to provide immediate comfort to a dog when it displays fear. It may seem counterintuitive, but by petting the dog, the owner is reinforcing an unhelpful cycle by “rewarding” the animal for being fearful.

Instead, a common method of addressing fear in dogs is by implementing a thorough desensitization process. Owners do this by systematically exposing the dog to smaller versions of its fears while repeating “trick and reward” activities during the exposure. It’s important to start small with this process. Only escalate the desensitization process once the dog has shown it is comfortable with the current level of stimulus.

If a dog has become so fearful of a particular person, or types of people, that it has become aggressive, owners are encouraged to seek the help of a dog behavior professional rather than try to tackle the issue on their own.


Leader Dogs for the Blind Opens New Facility

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Leader Dogs for the Blind

An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Margaret Ann Dimond is an avid supporter of animal rescue organizations. In her local community, Margaret Ann Dimond serves as a board member with Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization that helps train dogs to assist individuals with visual impairments and disabilities.

Leader Dogs for the Blind recently invited the public to tour its newly opened Canine Development Center in Rochester Hills, Michigan, at the corner of Rochester and Avon roads.

The 75,000-square-foot facility cost $14.5 million to build and takes the place of the on-site kennels the organization previously used. The new facility is home to 255 kennels and will be used to breed, train, and care for the organization’s current and future animals. It is expected the new center will provide a less stressful environment in which to train the dogs, as well as help them to better socialize with one another.

Leader Dogs for the Blind has helped more than 14,500 people become more independent with the use of assistance animals for mobility.

To learn more about Leader Dogs for the Blind, visit

Leader Dogs Teach Human Leaders

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Leader Dogs for the Blind

Before she became the CEO and president of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, Margaret Ann Dimond worked as an assistant professor at Michigan State University. Outside of her career, Margaret Ann Dimond is involved in Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Leader Dogs for the Blind hosts Harness the Power of Leadership, a one-day business leadership training program designed for entry- or mid-level managers and newly formed teams. The training involves dogs and uses the relationship between guide dog and owner as a starting point.

Each participant is assigned a leader dog. As a team, both the dog and the person must learn to communicate with and trust each other. The experience emphasizes the importance of giving clear instructions and positive reinforcement. Work with the dogs culminates in a blindfolded walk experience, which enables participants to use the skills they learned. Harness the Power of Leadership also includes keynote presentations designed to motivate audiences to view business from different perspectives.

PBS Wins 14 News and Documentary Emmys

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Since 2003, Margaret Ann Dimond has served as an assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She has also performed extensive research and authored numerous articles on social work clinical outcomes. Outside of her academic career, Margaret Ann Dimond supports various nonprofit organizations, such as the Public Broadcasting Service.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) was recently honored at the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City with 14 awards for its programming. The critically praised FRONTLINE series took home seven awards, which was the most of any program on the night. POV also won two awards, including Best Documentary.

In total, the 14 awards given to PBS programming were the most of any television organization at the event.

Stanley Nelson was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his acclaimed body of documentary work, as well as his many films depicting African American life.

A complete list of News & Documentary Emmy Award winners can be found at

Karmanos Medical Play Clinics Help Children Cope with Cancer

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Karmanos Medical Play Clinics

Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work, where she teaches graduate-level classes. Margaret Ann Dimond was the the president of the Karmanos Cancer Hospital at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, from 2014-16.

Based in southeast Michigan, the Karmanos Cancer Institute is an integrated research center dedicated to the total eradication of cancer and is the only Michigan-based hospital focused solely on cancer care. At the same time that the center provides state-of-the-art treatment options, it also helps patients and their family members cope with the diagnosis of cancer.

For children, the Karmanos Cancer Hospital offers medical play clinics to help them understand what a diagnosis of cancer means for a family member. They are led by Alexis Cora, a certified child life specialist who strives to help children and their families overcome these challenges. In the play clinics, effective coping is facilitated through play, preparative education, and self-expression activities. Moreover, the clinics provide emotional support for adult members of the family.

Golfing Equipment Sellers Offer Trial Use of Merchandise


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Dr. Margaret Ann Dimond is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University. She has extensive research experience and has written many articles discussing clinical outcomes in social work as well as discharge planning. Outside of work and school, Margaret Ann Dimond, PhD, spends her time playing golf at the Great Oaks Country Club and has worked with the club to advocate for greater inclusivity of women in golfing activities.

First time golfers can often strike a great deal with stores that sell golf clubs. Many golf equipment sellers such as Titleist are now embracing the idea of “try-before-you-buy” and offering customers a chance to test their equipment before buying it. Clubs available for testing include current drivers, woods, irons, hybrids and wedges; this service is typically free of charge and lets customers take a few clubs or an entire bag for a day.

Many national dealers also assure their shoppers that recently acquired golf clubs from different brands may be returned with no extra charge. Other retailers, including Golfsmith, tender full in-store credit within 30 days, while both PGA Tour Superstore and Worldwide Golf let customers return clubs bought 90 days previously with full credit.

Michigan Humane Society Sponsors Adoption Event at Detroit Zoo

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Michigan Humane Society

An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, since 2003, Margaret Ann Dimond has extensive research experience and has authored numerous articles on social work clinical outcomes. A lover of animals – particularly canines – Margaret Ann Dimond, PhD, spends her downtime assisting numerous nonprofit animal organizations, including the Michigan Humane Society (MHS).

The MHS offers high-quality service and compassion to animals in its care, reduces animal overpopulation, and promotes humane treatment of animals. To fulfill its mission, MHS operates out of three separate centers, with one in Detroit, Westland, and Rochester Hills.

Among the adoption events sponsored by the MHS is its Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo offering, with one scheduled for September 16 and 17, 2106, at the Detroit Zoo. At this annual gathering, individuals have an opportunity to choose from among hundreds of puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats from approximately 40 animal welfare organizations. Although regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the zoo, there is no additional care for the adoption event. Since this event began in 1993, more than 22,000 pets have been adopted.