Jane Miller Named Affiliate at ISCP

We are excited to announce the International School for Canine Psychology and Behavior (ISCP) has named Jane Miller of Healing Companions an affiliate.

See their post below:

The International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour – ISCP
September 18 at 6:01am

A very warm welcome to our latest affiliate, Jane Miller, LISW, IAABC-CDBC & AABP- CDBT of Healing Companions, Inc.! Jane works in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist/clinical social worker, with a particular interest in holistic modalities of healing. Jane earned her BA in psychology and biology from Oberlin College, and her MSSA in Clinical Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. She has received the Irene Sogg Gross Award for Humanitarian Services and has contributed scholarly essays for professional journals and anthologies in the field of clinical social work.

Author of the wonderful book ‘Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives’, Jane currently focuses on educating others about the legal, ethical, and practical criteria of working with Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs). In her clinical practice, Miller provides assessments for clients for PSDs, assists them in finding potential PSDs (from shelter/rescue or foster homes), and works with the client through foundational training, public access training and task training.

Come and meet all our amazing affiliates on our website.

 

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Fun Day at Paws for a Cause Fair

We had lots of nice folks and a beautiful sunny day at the Paws for a Cause Fair…Thanks to all who stopped by!

2017 PAWS FOR A CAUSE FAIR

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Fair Housing Resource Center first Annual Fair

Healing Companions is excited to be joining the Fair Housing Resource Center, Inc. for their 1st annual fair.

Fair Housing vendor of the day paws for a cause

 

The Fair Housing Resource Center is a non-profit advocacy organization that serves Northeast Ohio.  “Paws for a Cause” is intended to help bring awareness to Service Animals and Therapy Assistance animals and those who use them.  As an advocacy organization FHRC helps clients with reasonable accommodation requests in housing to help them have/keep their assistance animal.

FHRC’s hope in holding this event is to help counteract discriminatory attitudes toward people with disabilities and help demystify those people with disabilities who rely on the services of their animals.  

It should be a fun day and we are hoping all of you will join us at Wes Point Park in downtown Willoughby.

Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

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Research Shows Dogs Have a Secret Language at Play

photo credit: sonstroem Dogs Playing via photopin (license)

Nothing is more fun than watching dogs at play. Lucky Marc Bekoff spent decades researching playful dogs and says they send messages to each other with body movements.  We’ve all seen our own dogs do the most used, the play bow.  They use this pose to say, “I’m ready! let’s play!”

Dr. Bekoff, an ethologist, has written quite a few books on animals, their love of play and their morality.  After studying an enormous amount of video footage, Dr. Bekoff found several interesting behaviors when dogs interact.   Once of these behaviors is “self-handicapping”, in which bigger dogs will realize their size advantage when playing with smaller dogs and will allow them to jump on them or even roll over to give the smaller dog a better chance.  Dr. Bekoff says this behavior suggests dogs adhere to a sort of morality. His research as well as that of others supports the idea that dogs play fair which scientists had believed was a uniquely human trait.

Other studies have shown that dogs understand a wide range of emotions like empathy and inequality, which probably does not come as a surprise to those of us with dogs in our lives.  Tests have revealed that dogs will lick or nuzzle others that are crying to show support. Some dogs will not perform certain trained movements like shaking hands for a treat in front of other dogs due to feeling privileged.

For more interesting reading pick up Dr. Bekoff’s new book, Canine Confidential:  An Insider Guide to the Best Lives for Dogs and Us.

photo credit: sonstroem Dogs Playing via photopin (license)

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