Adam Winston travels to Olympia, WA to meet with Ann Howie. She wrote the book on working with therapy dogs and people. As a Clinical Social Worker, Ann often incorporates dogs into her treatment plans for people. Listen to this episode as Adam discovers more about the therapeutic value of domestic dogs.
Ann has enjoyed and learned from animals in her life since birth (she was up on horseback before she could walk). As an adult, Ann began integrating animals into her counseling practice in 1987 and has worked with animals in (human) health care ever since. She has both state and national credentials as a clinical social worker (counselor).
Does my dog want to be petted or hugged?
An educational video provided to help dog owners and lovers understand that even the friendliest and most social dogs don't always want to be petted and fuss...
Does Your Dog REALLY Want to be Petted?
Lots of dogs tolerate being petted but don't really enjoy it. Learn to read dogs' body language signals and do a simple test to see if your dog really enjoys...
Animal-assisted interactions (AAI) programs - whether therapy, activities, education, reading, or other - have unique needs in their animals and in their people This book is written to give AAI program coordinators specific, practical guidance in ways to evaluate people (handlers) who wish to be part of their programs.
Many AAI programs focus on the evaluation of the animals, when, in comparing the handler and the animal, it is the handler who has the greatest potential to do harm. A skilled handler can compensate for a young or unskilled animal. But an unskilled handler is almost guaranteed to create headaches...handler evaluation is essential.
The Handler Factor provides detailed information on specific behaviors needed in therapy dog handlers for safety and success in visiting-animal programs. The book includes screening processes and reproducible forms.
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This book reminds all handlers who work on teaming with their dogs that they must focus on their behavior, not just the animal’s. It provides general principles of teamwork that they can apply in their own way to work with their therapy dog. As the author writes, “The book explores a way of being conscious of what you do with and to your therapy dog to support him in his work. It describes functional principles of behavior you can learn and use immediately, independently or together as a package.” Using an exciting new methodology, the author outlines several STEPs for teaming with your dog: Speak conversationally, stay in touch with your dog, keep your eyes on your dog, maintain close proximity to your dog, and (most importantly) be fully present.
Animal Used in Therapy as Early as 16th Century Throughout history, animals have been used to help people in various ways, including different types of therapy. The first known animal therapy program was established sometime in the ninth-century. A farm in Gheel, Belgium, focused on helping disabled people by allowing them to work with the…
Photo below is of Freud and 2 of his chow puppies from Yofi’s first litter, Tattoun (named for Marie Bonaparte’s chow Tattoun) and Fo, named for Freud’s Stone Dog of Fo. The photo was taken in the summer of 1933 at Hohe Wart. Read more about the puppies in the outline below Sigismund Schlomo Freud; …
Boris Levinson was the first professionally trained clinician to formally introduce and document the way that companion animals could hasten the development of a rapport between therapist and patient, thereby increasing the likelihood of patient motivation. The first edition of this book was the first work to document 'pet-oriented psychotherapy.' That text is reproduced here in its original form; however, in an effort to update and revise the text, notes have been added to identify and illuminate research and practices which have taken place since the original publication. In addition, a list of resources is included in the appendix. Topics discussed include historical background, the pet and mental hygiene, the use of pets in psychological assessment, animal aides in psychotherapy, pet-oriented therapy in residential settings, pets providing motivation for learning, the pet and family therapy, the child and his pet, and the therapist and his pet. This classic text will have great appeal to human service practitioners; health and mental health practitioners; and educators in social work, psychology, nursing, veterinary medicine, and counseling.
The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends.
Is there a universal language of love, a "kinship with all life" that can open new horizons of experience?
Example after example in this unique classic -- from "Strongheart" the actor-dog to "Freddie" the fly -- resounds with entertaining and inspiring proof that communication with animals is a wonderful, indisputable fact. All that is required is an attitude of openness, friendliness, humility, and a sense of humor to part the curtain and form bonds of real friendship.
For anyone who loves animals, for all those who have ever experienced the special devotion only a pet can bring, Kinship With All Life is an unqualified delight. Sample these pages and you will never encounter "just a dog" again, but rather a fellow member of nature's own family.