Written by people who learned to trust their lives to the senses of a dog, and highlighting true examples of working dog behaviour, it enables all dog lovers to understand the inborn senses and instincts of their dog, which man can shape to his benefit.
Instincts tie these stories together: Bart finding a child lost on a mountain, Traveler pulling his blind partner from the path of a moving car, and Truman soothing the souls of abused children. With specific explanations of physiological attributes and innate characteristics - such as olfactory prowess, survival instincts, and intelligent disobedience - plus quotes from fifty canine professionals chronicling working dog behaviors, Partners demonstrates the similarities between the behaviour of a tender Cocker Spaniel that brought an abused child back to reality, and a tough law enforcement K9 that assured his handlers safety. This is the story Partners delivers - unity.
With 18 years of in-the-field experience in search and rescue, forensic crime scene recovery, narcotics detection, and therapy dogs, DeeAnn 'Nan' Walton has a unique understanding of dog behavior. She's been there, experienced the training, the searches, the behavior, the push and pull to accomplish what man wants in the face of the dog's innate senses and inherent instincts. Through her writing, DeeAnn aims to draw attention to the positive, essential, life-saving, and heroic qualities that all dogs are born with, and remind us how worthy of our love and respect these amazing animals are.
Dogs have been serving people for centuries. Today they are helping more people than ever, as Service Dogs for people who have physical disabilities, are hearing impaired and as Therapy Dogs, visiting various facilities. They are in the armed forces, police departments, and are used for tracking, search and rescue purposes and as useful companions to the socially isolated, the elderly, and children with special needs.
In words and photographs, Beyond Companionship profiles a number of actual such dogs and people in these circumstances and contains sections on gathering further information, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.
Marley, a lovable Labrador retriever, is always getting himself into trouble. Some may say he is the world's worst dog. But those who know and love Marley understand that nothing can stop his loyalty, exuberance, and passion—not even the Grogans' screen door! How this big, rambunctious dog becomes the heart of the Grogan family is the story of Marley.