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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160163093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630933
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Miller, LISW, CDBC, works in private practice as a clinical psychotherapist and licensed independent social worker, with a particular interest in holistic healing. She has lectured in a wide variety of settings, including many national and local organizations, schools, and dog-training facilities. More recently, Miller has consulted with NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services), the Canines for Combat Veterans program for soldiers returning from combat in Iraq with post-traumatic stress, as well as other veterans organizations. She has appeared in the PBS program "Health Visions: Animals As Healers" and other local and national media. Miller lives in Oberlin, Ohio, with her two Golden Retrievers.

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The book is well written and easy to read.
bruce
Her book covers all the facets of having a PSD and is a must read for anyone that needs one or works with/trains service dogs.
Doberbratgirl
Thanks to Jane Miller for opening our eyes to this special bond.
Diana S. Burgwyn

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erica K. Curtis on May 10, 2011
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The kindness and depth of knowledge Jane Miller shares in her book "Healing Companions" is not to be missed. If you work with people who are suffering from physical or psychiatric disability and could benefit from having a service/support dog, this is where you want to start. The great thing about this book is it is for the lay person wanting to train their own dog to help them in their daily lives, or for the professional wanting more information to share with their clients. It is very readable, and the amount of information in the resources pages is amazing.
As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, I was often being contacted about how to train a service dog. I started sifting through the online search engines trying to amass information that I could easily pass along to people inquiring about training a service dog, and I was not happy with the results. Then I heard about Jane Miller and her book on a dog training and behavior list. In this one book, I found everything I'd been trying to find and more. She's already vetted and investigated all the resources she provides. It is worth it's weight in gold.

Start with this book, and you won't need to look any further.

Erica Curtis, CPDT
Arnicadia Farms Dog Training
North Coast of Oregon & SW Washington
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Donaldson on January 13, 2010
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I recently teamed up with my service dog Rocky. Rocky is a Shih Tzu and he has been trained to support my Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. Rocky is very young and is still a work in progress so while he develops and learns more skills I am also developing and learning skills.

I was not prepared for this process and I had so much to learn once I decided to have my dog trained to be my service dog. I ran into new lessons daily and I wanted to write a book about my experience to help others with the process. I was thrilled to read this book and to see the book I thought I needed to write was already written with much more experience, skill and knowledge than I could have ever provided.

I am very grateful to have found this book and am recommending it to all of the people who stop and ask me about my service dog.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Diana S. Burgwyn on January 7, 2010
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Most of us have encountered service dogs for the blind and even for hearing-disabled people, but I, for one, had no idea that there was such a thing as psychiatric service dogs until I read Jane Miller's deeply touching and highly informative book Healing Companions. Miller is in a unique position to write on this subject, being a clinical psychotherapist and social worker as well as a leading authority on this emerging new field. What makes her book so special is that she combines her own personal story (especially the beautiful relationship she developed with her dog Umaya over many years) with insightful vignettes of her clients,plus imortant information that anyone considering such a dog will want to know.

Dogs often have an almost mystical sense of what we humans feel, think, and need, and I cannot imagine any more fulfilling relationship than that between a dog and a person whose emotional problems had previously left him or her feeling alone, unwanted and hopeless.

Thanks to Jane Miller for opening our eyes to this special bond.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JenB on August 18, 2011
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I first want to echo what the other reviewers have said. Having said that, my personal experience is that psychiatric service dogs are a little known blessing to those with mental illness. The first time I heard the term I had no idea the impact my friend's dog could and would have on her. I sort of brushed it off and went on with my life. I suffer from mental illness and have a degree in psychology, yet I still couldn't comprehend what the "PSD" thing was all about!

Fast forward about 5 yrs to 2005 and I'm researching like crazy! Some friends and family, as well as professionals had no idea the power of having a service dog. More than once I've had to remind people "service" dog and not the more familiar "therapy" dog. Wow, do I wish Jane's book was out back then! It was hard to explain how the dog I'd gotten through my trainer could do more than provide comfort a pet offers. This book explains it - and in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand way. Had this book been around in those years of research and when I connected with a trainer, I think the concept would have been easily understood and accepted. There are NO resources out there that encompass the range of information Jane provides.

I bought this book on my Kindle, however with the incredible list of resources that Jane has included, I went ahead and got a paper copy as well. My husband, who does not like to read, was the first to open the box when it arrived yesterday. He is eager to dig right in! My Mother has ordered her copy and my psychologist was reviewing the book and is likely to purchase it.

Please don't think that this book is solely for those with mental illness and the ones they love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 19, 2010
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HEALING COMPANIONS: ORDINARY DOGS AND THEIR EXTRAORDINARY POWER TO TRANSFORM LIVES is the first book to show how dogs benefit those who suffer from emotional issues. It shows how to choose a companion dog with healing in mind, how to understand the requirements of a service dog, and how to provide the dog with proper care. Any general or pet-oriented collection will find this a key pick.
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