Service and Therapy Dogs in American Society: Science, Law and the Evolution of Canine Caregivers

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This well-written and informative book has become the standard on the uses and laws regarding therapy and service dogs. With the expansion of new service dog types, a greater complexity with regard to service animal laws and regulations and the interpretation of these by the courts has developed. This book carefully examines these complexities at both the state and federal levels. In addition, the expanded use of therapy dogs in facilities and institutions has brought with it a paradigm shift in society's acceptance and acknowledgment of the canine capacity to contribute in meaningful ways to the lives of ill and institutionalized persons. This resource discusses the benefits of dogs as a therapeutic modality that reflects the importance of enrichment and healing to seizure patients, autistic children, and others with disabilities, including mental illness. Part I covers canines and canine caregiving, physical disabilities, mental disabilities, cancer sniffers, and the therapy dog movement. Part II explores traveling and living with canine caregivers, taking service and support dogs to schools, workplace scenarios, access rights of trainers and handlers, and proving service animal status and false assertions of such status. Part III discusses registration, licensing, tags, special gear for skilled dogs, traffic precautions, including cruelty and criminal interference laws protecting service animals. Part IV researches canine caregivers and social benefits, keeping animals with handlers in emergencies and disasters, tax benefits, and social service reimbursement for service animals. The author has provided a list of legal sources and service and therapy dog organizations by state. The information contained in this book is well-researched, factual, and appropriately cited. By reading this book, readers will acquire a clearer understanding of the many federal and state laws that apply to service and therapy dogs.

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About the Author:

John J. Ensminger is an attorney, writer, and
skilled dog advocate. He is a widely known and
requested speaker on tax law and financial issues,
the U.S.A. Patriot Act, and most recently on the
law and science of skilled dogs. He has been the
Chair of the Banking & Savings Institutions
Committee of the American Bar Association Tax
Section, editor in chief of the Journal of Taxation
and Regulation of Financial Institutions, an
adjunct professor, and a legal advocate for mental
patients civil rights. John and his dog Chloe are a
therapy dog team and regularly visit hospitals,
eldercare facilities, schools, libraries, and a cerebral
palsy institute. He reports on legal and scientific
issues affecting skilled dogs at doglawreporter.blogspot.com. John lives with his wife Joan
in Stone Ridge, New York, and Phoenix, Arizona.

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This book is not only fascinating, provocative and comprehensive, but it offers the reader an entirely new and welcome perspective on the roles that dogs can play in the lives of persons with disabilities and on the laws that govern those relationships. It is masterful. --Professor Michael L. Perlin - Director, Online Mental Disability Law Program, New York Law School

Bound to become the standard on the uses and laws of therapy and service dogs, the discussion of the benefits of dogs as a therapeutic modality in this book is especially interesting and shows how dogs bring healing in ways no other modality can to seizure patients, autistic individuals, and others with disabilities. --J. Lawrence Thomas, Ph.D. - Faculty, NYU Medical Center, and Director of The Brain Clinic, New York City.

The analysis provided by John Ensminger s book will be especially useful to the disabled public, government agencies, private businesses, educational institutions, hospitals, health care providers, housing developments, airlines and public transportation providers, among others. --Joan Esnayra, Ph.D. - President, Psychiatric Service Dog Society (from the Foreword)

Bound to become the standard on the uses and laws of therapy and service dogs, the discussion of the benefits of dogs as a therapeutic modality in this book is especially interesting and shows how dogs bring healing in ways no other modality can to seizure patients, autistic individuals, and others with disabilities. --J. Lawrence Thomas, Ph.D. - Faculty, NYU Medical Center, and Director of The Brain Clinic, New York City.

The analysis provided by John Ensminger s book will be especially useful to the disabled public, government agencies, private businesses, educational institutions, hospitals, health care providers, housing developments, airlines and public transportation providers, among others. --Joan Esnayra, Ph.D. - President, Psychiatric Service Dog Society (from the Foreword)

Bound to become the standard on the uses and laws of therapy and service dogs, the discussion of the benefits of dogs as a therapeutic modality in this book is especially interesting and shows how dogs bring healing in ways no other modality can to seizure patients, autistic individuals, and others with disabilities. --J. Lawrence Thomas, Ph.D. - Faculty, NYU Medical Center, and Director of The Brain Clinic, New York City.

The analysis provided by John Ensminger s book will be especially useful to the disabled public, government agencies, private businesses, educational institutions, hospitals, health care providers, housing developments, airlines and public transportation providers, among others. --Joan Esnayra, Ph.D. - President, Psychiatric Service Dog Society (from the Foreword)

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