The Power of Wagging Tails: A Doctor's Guide to Dog Therapy and Healing

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Medical studies have consistently shown that patients benefit from therapy dog visits. One recent study of 59 adults showed that following a therapy dog visit their energy levels increased, respiratory rates calmed significantly and pain scores decreased by over 20%. Mood scores improved by over 60% with the patients feeling less tense, anxious, angry, tired, depressed and dejected.Now in The Power of Wagging Tails, Dr Dawn Marcus showcases the wide range of research that shows the therapeutic and healing power of dogs for people of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. These research findings are brought to life through the personal stories of healing from dog owners across the United States and Canada.She shows you how to unleash the healing power of your own dog, describes how to effectively add a dog to the home of someone with a chronic condition, explains how the family dog can help with chronic health conditions and teaches how to train a companion dog to be a certified therapy dog to help others.The Power of Wagging Tails will be of interest to dog owners, people wondering how to help family and friends coping with chronic illnesses and individuals considering training their dogs for therapy work.Special Features of The Power of Wagging Tails include:Presentation of reliable medical research showing that dog therapy offers therapeutic benefits to peopleFirst-person accounts from service Dog Trainers, Aerobic Instructors and recognised dog training experts such as Carol Lea BenjaminFirst-person accounts of people who have experienced dog therapyPractical suggestions to help people decide if they should add a dog to their home or have a therapy dog visitSound advice to help people decide if dog therapy is right for themPractical tips on how to make dog therapy visits safe, effective and successful for the dog, handler and people visited