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Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives Paperback – January 15, 2009
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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
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Other chapters talk about how these PSDs are trained. Miller devotes a chapter to helping the recipients' families understand and accept that these dogs are not pets but serious workers. And yet another chapter discusses how the recipient must care for the well-being of the dog, both physical and emotional.
One third of the book consists of very helpful appendices about the Americans With Disabilities Act so that the partners of these PSDs understand their legal rights. Miller has enlisted several of her colleagues to write two more appendices. One discusses the characteristics of different dog breeds in terms of the qualities important to people looking for a PSD, such as sociability, trainability, and inclination to cooperate with people. Another appendix describes the kinds of tasks that various kinds of service dogs perform - guide dogs, hearing dogs, and mobility dogs.
What was most exciting and helpful to me as a trainer was the appendix that described a huge range and variety of trained tasks that PSDs perform to mitigate the effects of disabling mental impairments.Read more ›
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I wanted to read a book more on training techniques to be able to train a dog to be a part of the therapeutic process. This was not that type of book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SMC2020
Wonderfully written. Lots a good info for a family starting to navigate the idea of having PSD and all that might be involved.Published 6 months ago by Jomama
I have appreciated the book so far. I haven't finished it yet. I really like what I am seeing I am taking notes as I go along. Will update when I finish.Published 8 months ago by Laurie Breen
Goes through a variety of service dog types, stories and training options with resources.
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I loved the story and guidance given. I would highly recommend this book for those interested in service dogs and training them!Published 11 months ago by Dayna M. Turner
Being involved with special needs people and service dogs, Jane Miller's writing and story hit a home run! It made my desire to promote service dogs more important. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sheri Levy