Many years back, Oklahoma native Barbara Lewis acquired a Cairn Terrier to help fill her "empty nest." Attending training classes for her new dog, she enjoyed the process and began reading voraciously about dog training while attending workshops, seminars and conferences. She gravitated from obedience competition to volunteering as a therapy dog handler, but after a move to a rural home she started training dogs and conducting training classes. She later accepted a position with a national agency placing service dogs in Oklahoma. After she helped start a dog-training program at an Oklahoma correctional facility, she and a small group formed the nonprofit agency A New Leash on Life in Norman, Okla., adding the training of therapy dogs and service dogs to the group's efforts. With her publication of Successful Working Dogs, she hopes to promote more successful service and therapy dogs in communities nationwide.
"With her usual kind tactfulness yet real-world experience,
subjects with the business of producing an excellent service dog. ... Whether
you are training service dogs or interested in getting a service dog, this book
will educate you about the ins and outs of starting on this journey."
-- Brenda Aloff, trainer, author, and owner/operator of Heaven on Arf Training Center (Midland, Mich.)"This book will provide the information you need to wisely choose the best
animal to make the lives of those in need better and have a happy dog at the same time!"
-- Gregg Emmert, DVM, CCRP"This is a must-read for anyone considering a companion dog for a child
with special needs or an adult with unique requirements for navigating
around their home or in public. Also essential for anyone considering selftraining
a new puppy or working with an agency to obtain an already-trained companion dog."
-- Yolanda Coronel, mother of child with special needs