Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives [NOOK Book]

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Written by the leading expert in an emerging new field of therapy, Healing Companions is the first book to detail how dogs benefit those who suffer from a range of emotional ills, from eating disorders and anxiety to agoraphobia, depression, and post-traumatic stress.

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What criteria to consider when choosing the right dog for ...

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Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives

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Overview

Written by the leading expert in an emerging new field of therapy, Healing Companions is the first book to detail how dogs benefit those who suffer from a range of emotional ills, from eating disorders and anxiety to agoraphobia, depression, and post-traumatic stress.

You will learn:

What criteria to consider when choosing the right dog for you.

How to navigate the procedural regulations that apply to a service dog.

How to recognize die dog's needs and provide it with proper care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601637536
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 681,453
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Foreword Loan Froling 15

Introduction How the Healing Journey Began 19

Chapter 1 Mindy's Story: Umaya Leads the Way 27

Chapter 2 Canine Rx: Finding the Right Companion 39

Chapter 3 The Good Fight: Prison Puppies Free Veterans from Comsat 69

Chapter 4 Sit, Stay, Soothe: Training your New Companion 83

Chapter 5 Member of the Family: Helping Everyone Get Along 99

Chapter 6 Dogs Have Issues, Too: Helping your Dog Cope With Stress 119

Chapter 7 The Golden years: When to Hang Up the Leash 133

Appendix 1 Sample Service Dog Cards 153

Appendix 2 Delta Society Service Dogs Welcome 157

Appendix 3 ADA Business BRIEF Service Animals 161

Appendix 4 Breed Types: What's In A Name? Micky Niego 163

Appendix 5 Assistance Dog Tasks Joan Froling 169

Appendix 6 Service Dog Tasks for Psychiatric Disabilities Joan Froling 187

Appendix 7 "Paws and Take a Deep Breath" 225

Abbreviations 227

Glossary 229

Resources 233

Index 251

About the Author 255

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Well worth the read for anyone whose life may be touched by a psychiatric service dog.

    As a psychiatric service dog trainer and mental health care professional, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a psychiatric service dog or is considering teaming up with one. I also encourage family members, friends, co-workers or anyone involved in the life of someone who has psychiatric service dog to read this book. Miller eloquently speaks to many important aspects of teaming up with a psychiatric service dog and psychiatric service dog stewardship - she covers everything from selecting the right dog and task training, to caring for and nurturing your psychiatric service dog throughout his/her life into his/her golden years. Whether a pet dog or a service dog, these amazing creatures selflessly nurture our spirits and feed our souls. Miller sheds brilliant light on not only the logistics of teaming up with a psychiatric service dog, but sacred aspects as well. This book is well worth reading for anyone whose life may be touched by a psychiatric service dog.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Heart-warming book about animals that save lives

    This book is an amazing resource for anyone considering getting a psychiatric service dog. The book is both compelling and informational. I have a friend who suffered from PTSD and he is now able to function throughout the day as he normally did before he was deployed to Iraq, because of his service animal. This book truly exemplifies the impact an a service dog can have on people's lives, as well as their family's lives. It is a great guide to attaining and caring for a service dog, as well as the issues and resistance people might encounter. I recommend this book to dog lovers and anyone considering getting a PSD.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

    Great for Learning About Assistance Dogs

    I work in a skilled nursing facility and have recently had the opportunity to recommend companion dogs to a resident. He kept putting me off and stating he didn't think he would deserve one and what could one do anyway. I received a copy of Jane's book and gave it to the resident to read. The book put in black and white what I had been trying to get him to see and understand. It was very useful and written in plain English. He is now in the process of applying for his service dog as he is now on board that they are really useful and do have a place in his life.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    Great book about psychiatric service dogs

    In Healing Companions, Jane Miller has written a book that helps all of us understand the important work that psychiatric service dogs do. This book is an excellent guidebook for families and friends of individuals suffering from chronic mental illness, and it reminds all of us of the important connection we can all enjoy with dogs.
    Many have written on the versatility of dogs and all the work they have done for humans over thousands of years. Miller is a psychotherapist and a clinical social worker, and she adds a new chapter to this literature. In her book, she cites many cases in which troubled patients have found help and relief first by interacting with her therapy dog and later by finding a dog of their own. Miller writes that she realized the role a dog could play in this area when she realized the steadying influence her own dog had on her patients. From an incest survivor to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder veterans, Miller's book details how Psychiatric Service Dogs make life manageable and enjoyable for patients, families, and friends.
    In more than 100 pages of appendixes, Miller provides useful and detailed information to help people select the right dog, understand its needs, strengths, and weaknesses, and how to help the dog cope with stress. She also discusses when and how to retire a service dog.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    must-read for dog lovers

    This book is a must-read, and all dog lovers will thoroughly enjoy it. I have severe anxiety/panic disorder and benefit from a psychiatric service dog. But the book covers not only things that assistance dogs do for people disabled with psychiatric conditions, it also weaves wonderful true stories into the text, stories that every reader will find fascinating. It is one of those books you just can't put down once you start reading. The book also has a lot of valuable information about training assistance dogs, and again, much of this information can be applied to any dog, no matter what its role in the family.

    Finally, there is a book that openly, accurately and comprehensively addresses a very important subject, in an extremely articulate, expert and sensitive manner. Thank you Jane Miller!

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    A Special Kind of Dog

    Most of us know about dogs trained to be companions to the blind as well as dogs working with people who suffer from other limitations, such as deafness. But I, for one, had never heard of a dog trained to work with people whose lives are diminished by emotional problems, be that depression, agoraphobia, panic attacks, etc.

    Jane Miller opened my eyes to that fascinating area of specialization in her book Healing Companions. Miller is a clinical psychotherapist and licensed social worker. In the course of her work with clients she saw how beautifully these people responded to the presence of her beloved dog Umaya and what a positive influence Umaya had in their emotional growth. This led Miller to devote her career to what are now called Psychiatric Service Dogs, and she is now a leading authority on the subject. Her book is rich in personal experience and full of relevant information about everything from how the dogs are trained to their role within the family. The beautiful story of Miller's own relationship with Umaya lends a special poignancy to the book.

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

    Wonderful Book

    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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