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THERAPY DOGS - TRAINING YOUR DOG TO REACH OTHERS, 2ND EDITION
by Kathy Diamond Davis (See other books by author)


Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Edition:
2002 Paperback, 248 pages

ISBN: 9781929242054
Item: DTH121
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Summary: Think about becoming a Therapy Dog team? Here is information you need to select, socialize and train your dog for this important and rewarding work. Learn about certification, liability, and getting started.

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Are you looking for a new and meaningful way to work with your dog? Do you want to improve the lives of those who would benefit from visits with a volunteer canine “therapist”? Then think about becoming a Therapy Dog team. The 2nd edition gives you all the information you need to select, socialize and train your dog for this important and rewarding work. Learn about certification, liability, and getting started. Includes a complete course outline for teaching therapy dog classes!

You will learn:
* What therapy dog work involves and how to train for it
* Benefits therapy dog work provides for you, your dog and others
* Various settings in which therapy dog teams do their work
* Whether your family pet might make a good therapy dog
* Selecting and training a puppy for therapy work
* How to keep yourself and your dog fresh for the work

What experts are saying about Therapy Dogs
Kathy is a leader in the therapy dog movement! Therapy Dogs thoroughly covers the topic and she shares her expertise and clarity of communication with her readers.
Toni & Ed Eamers, Adjunct Professors of Sociology at Cal State Fresno, authors of Partners in Independence

The revised edition of Therapy Dogs fills a niche in dog training literature by offering a basic lesson plan for therapy dog class, a great resource list, and an annotated bibliography.
Gendy McMillen, Delta Pet Partner and Team Evaluator

A precious gift from a committed, dedicated, and experienced therapy dog handler to all those who aspire to become one. Her insights are enormous and reveal a true practitioner.
Jack Volhard, co-author of Dog Training for Dummies, Teaching Dog Obedience Classes, and many others.

Kathy Diamond Davis has owned, trained, and handled five registered therapy dogs in a wide variety of facility settings since 1985. Her first edition of Therapy Dogs has been a major force in the growth of Animal Assisted Activities. Kathy is a regular contributor to national dog magazines and answers dog behavior questions for the Veterinary Information Network (www.vin.com).

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Mediocre, May 15, 2009
Reviewer: Ashley P.
This book has quite a bit of really good information in regards to the benefits of TD's and what a TD needs to know, however, there are also various references to outdated dominance theories - like when the author states that tug-o-war pits the dog against the owner which results in a dog that is overly dominant, pushy, etc, and therefore tugging is an inappropriate game.

The author also suggests that dogs be taught not to mouth people by holding the dog's muzzle shut until after it stops squirming, and recommends physically placing dogs into positions (ie, folding the dog's hind legs to place the dog in a sit, pulling the dog's front legs out from under him to place him in a down, etc) and repeatedly physically holding the dog in place until it stops struggling to teach it to obey and hold still for handling.

Despite all it's seemingly good information, the author's chosen methods discredit a good portion of the rest of the book for me. Science knows better now!
 
, May 8, 2003
Reviewer: ANNALISA GARRONE
I HAVE A DISABLED SON AND AN AMERICAN COCKER I NEEDE A BASIC BOOK FOR PET THERAPY AND THIS BOOK WORKED REALLY WELL
 
Answers Your Questions, May 4, 2003
Reviewer: L.A. Lazar
You are interested in sharing your dog with others, in Therapy Work, but you are not sure what is required. How should you prepare your dog (and yourself)? What training is needed, and what organizations are there for support? How to get started?

This book answers your questions. Well-written, comprehensive coverage of the concepts & practice of Therapy work. With this book's help, I was able to take my two dogs for their evaluations, find a tester for on-site observations, and get started on my own--helping the folks in my own community by making visits with my dogs.

I especially appreciate Kathy Diamond-Davis' priority on taking care of your dog first; after all, that's where it all begins. Where it leads is the to the extremely rewarding satisfaction of sharing your dog's love with others.

Highly recommended, and thanks to Kathy for sharing her learned experience.
 

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