Dogs Helping Humans Heal

Individuals suffering from emotional trauma can benefit from canine relationships.

Posted: February 22, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Healing Companions bookAny dog owner who has had a rough day knows the joy that can come when welcomed home by a lovable dog. Canines may not have the power to cure, but they can definitely help. And for those who suffer from debilitating emotional issues, they can play a major role in the healing process.

In her new book, “Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives,” clinical psychotherapist Jane Miller explores this relationship and offers advice to those considering getting a service dog.

For individuals suffering from a range of disabilities, including depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder and more, service dogs can help open up a world otherwise inaccessible. Individuals dealing with such difficult emotional issues absolutely benefit from a helping paw, as Miller reveals.

The book combines touching real-life stories of owners and the many ways their dogs have helped them with advice on how to integrate a service dog into your life. Covering everything from choosing the right dog to training and care, this book has much to offer individuals in need of a true canine companion.

“Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives” by Jane Miller is on sale now.


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Humans4Dogs   Champagne, IL

5/29/2010 5:38:19 PM

Thank you so much for this review. I just finished reading this book about 2 weeks ago and was wondering why it hadn't been reviewed. Jane Miller's life work is fantastic. God bless her. Our healing companions thank her!

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Hummer   Atlanta, GA, GA

2/23/2010 3:06:34 PM

that is so sweet1

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Phyllis   Oberlin, OH

2/23/2010 9:16:51 AM

I bought this book for friends and students! Along with great advice and wonderfully illustrative and inspiring stories, this book has amazing resources in a huge set of appendices with tons of information about training, types dogs, and about the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it applies to Psychiatric Service Dogs -- a real handbook for anyone considering a PSD.

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