- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Dogwise Publishing; 2 edition (September 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1929242050
- ISBN-13: 978-1929242054
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others Paperback – September 1, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Among the many inexplicable omissions in this inadequate book is a definition of the term ``therapy dog,'' which ordinarily describes a dog that, along with its owner or handler, has been trained to work safely with people who have special needs, such as the developmentally or physically disabled. Because therapy dog programs have proven so successful, Davis, who has performed such work with her own dogs, encourages readers to enroll themselves and their pets. General guidelines for visits, primarily to nursing homes, and useful pointers for dealing with staff and residents are supplied, but, lacking broad experience, Davis is not always convincing. Her discussion of training is scanty, covering basic obedience commands instead of teaching the reader how to acclimate a dog to the unusual and unpredictable circumstances it typically will encounter on the job, from the challenge of working with semi-ambulatory patients to others who are emotionally disturbed. In this sense, the author fails to give the potential usefulness of therapy dogs its due, and does not reckon directly with the occupational hazards involved. Davis advises seeking out an experienced trainer, but, curiously, fails to name any of the national organizations (such as the Delta Society of Renton, Wash.) that register trainers and handlers as well as provide a wealth of training resources--nor does she mention the nationwide testing now common for the dogs. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
People often volunteer their dogs to help the elderly, ill, or disabled, but few books cover such "animal-assisted activities." While not the definitive manual on training one's dog, this book, first published in 1982 and based on the author's personal experience, gives a good overview. The new edition includes a definition of therapy dog, a list of the major therapy dog organizations, an annotated bibliography of useful dog behavior and training books and web sites, and an index. Small public libraries that can afford only one book on the subject should purchase Mary R. Burch's Volunteering with Your Pet. Burch's book covers animals besides dogs and goes into more detail about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, the basic certification on which most therapy dog registries base their programs. Larger public libraries should have both.
Karen Fischer, Carleton Coll. Lib., Northfield, MN
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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It provides a very comprehensive overview of therapy dogs tasks, how to your foot in the door of the therapy community and what to expect when u are there.
A good trainer will know how to spot what motivates your dog and then show you how to use that to get him/her to understand how to get what both of you want. A good book on the subject should discuss the different motivations a dog might have (toys? praise? treats?) and then how to break down the tasks or commands into steps that someone else could follow to bring their dog along to the full thing. That's not here. I wish someone else had mentioned these things. This book is really too old to be of much use for its stated purpose.