Healing Companions - Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power To Transform Lives

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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, Jane Miller, LISW, CDBC, is a clinical psychotherapist and licensed independent social worker. She has worked with National Education for Assistance Dog Services and the Canines for Combat Veterans program for soldiers returning from combat with post-traumatic stress. Miller has appeared in the PBS program, Health Visions: Animals As Healers.

"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 compliment other forms of therapy.
* How to navigate the procedural regulations that apply to a service dog and much more.
This book should be required reading for everybody who is considering getting a psychiatric service dog or is working on training them. --Temple Grandin, Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human.

Healing Companions offers us a practical, heartwarming, intelligent, hopeful window into a new field for service dogs (PSDs). Read this book, learn about and share these benefits with others, so that our kindred spirits can help more people heal from the challenges of our fast-paced, stressed, 21st-century lives! --Allen M. Schoen, MS, DVM, author of Kindred Spirits

Finally, someone has written about the best-kept mental health secret: how dogs save psyches, hearts, minds, and sometimes, quite literally, lives...--Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, author of Invisible Heroes