As the more than 65 million dog-owners in America will attest, there’s something about the presence of a dog that inspires confidence, nurtures emotional well-being, and brings out the best in ourselves. But for some people, the presence of a dog can do even more. Written by the leading expert in an emerging new field of therapy, Healing Companions is the first book to detail how dogs are increasingly benefiting those who suffer from a range of emotional ills, from eating disorders and anxiety, to agoraphobia, depression, and post-traumatic stress.
Healing Companions will teach you:
- What criteria to consider when choosing the right dog for you.
- What kind of training service dogs require.
- What to expect and how to respond when you take a service dog out in public.
- How a dog can complement other forms of therapy.
- How to navigate the procedural regulations that apply to a service dog.
- How to recognize the dog’s needs and provide it with proper care.
- And much more.
“Animals are more complete than people. They are wonderful teachers, therapists and role models for us all. Read Healing Companions and learn about their ability to guide and heal us all.”—Bernie Siegel, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Animals, and Miracles
“This book should be required reading for everybody who is considering getting a psychiatric service dog or is working on training them.”—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human
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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
About the Author 255