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New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage takes us on a thrilling, delightful, globe-trotting journey to discover the heartwarming and fascinating new world of doctor dogs. In this groundbreaking book, Goodavage brings us behind the scenes of cutting-edge science at top research centers, and into the lives of people whose well-being depends on their devoted, highly New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage takes us on a thrilling, delightful, globe-trotting journey to discover the heartwarming and fascinating new world of doctor dogs. In this groundbreaking book, Goodavage brings us behind the scenes of cutting-edge science at top research centers, and into the lives of people whose well-being depends on their devoted, highly skilled personal MDs (medical dogs). With her signature wit and passion, Goodavage explores how doctor dogs are becoming our happy allies in the fight against dozens of physical and mental conditions. We meet dogs who detect cancer and Parkinson's disease, and dogs who alert people to seizures and diabetic lows or highs and other life-threatening physical ailments. Goodavage reveals the revolutionary ways dogs are helping those with autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And she introduces us to intrepid canines who are protecting us from antibiotic-resistant bugs, and to dogs who may one day help keep us safe from epidemic catastrophe. Their paycheck for their lifesaving work? Heartfelt praise and a tasty treat or favorite toy. The emotional element in Doctor Dogs delivers as powerfully as the science. You don't have to be a dog lover to care deeply about what these dogs are doing and what we are learning from them--although if you're not a dog lover, you probably will be by the end of the book.


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New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage takes us on a thrilling, delightful, globe-trotting journey to discover the heartwarming and fascinating new world of doctor dogs. In this groundbreaking book, Goodavage brings us behind the scenes of cutting-edge science at top research centers, and into the lives of people whose well-being depends on their devoted, highly New York Times bestselling author Maria Goodavage takes us on a thrilling, delightful, globe-trotting journey to discover the heartwarming and fascinating new world of doctor dogs. In this groundbreaking book, Goodavage brings us behind the scenes of cutting-edge science at top research centers, and into the lives of people whose well-being depends on their devoted, highly skilled personal MDs (medical dogs). With her signature wit and passion, Goodavage explores how doctor dogs are becoming our happy allies in the fight against dozens of physical and mental conditions. We meet dogs who detect cancer and Parkinson's disease, and dogs who alert people to seizures and diabetic lows or highs and other life-threatening physical ailments. Goodavage reveals the revolutionary ways dogs are helping those with autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. And she introduces us to intrepid canines who are protecting us from antibiotic-resistant bugs, and to dogs who may one day help keep us safe from epidemic catastrophe. Their paycheck for their lifesaving work? Heartfelt praise and a tasty treat or favorite toy. The emotional element in Doctor Dogs delivers as powerfully as the science. You don't have to be a dog lover to care deeply about what these dogs are doing and what we are learning from them--although if you're not a dog lover, you probably will be by the end of the book.

30 review for Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Doctor Dogs is such an informative and endearing read. It covers dogs helping with medical conditions, including everything from autism to diabetes. For a health/science/nonfiction read, it’s written in an easy, approachable style. Tons of research is present, but it’s never bogged down with it. There are human stories like Clay, who has diabetes, and is helped by his dog, Whitley. The author found several ways to give this nonfiction book a warmhearted feel, and I loved that. I received a compl Doctor Dogs is such an informative and endearing read. It covers dogs helping with medical conditions, including everything from autism to diabetes. For a health/science/nonfiction read, it’s written in an easy, approachable style. Tons of research is present, but it’s never bogged down with it. There are human stories like Clay, who has diabetes, and is helped by his dog, Whitley. The author found several ways to give this nonfiction book a warmhearted feel, and I loved that. I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I think if they showed pictures of these amazing dogs I would’ve cried more than what I already did.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Hendricks

    This book is for the dog lover who loves to learn about all the wonderful things dogs can do, from a medical standpoint. While I learned a lot, some references, C-Diff, might be unknown for some (since I work in the medical field I was more versed in the subjects). It's very thick with medical statistics and lingo so it’s not a light read, but it's well written so it's easy to understand. I loved learning new information about what dogs can be helpful for in the medical field and of course I’m e This book is for the dog lover who loves to learn about all the wonderful things dogs can do, from a medical standpoint. While I learned a lot, some references, C-Diff, might be unknown for some (since I work in the medical field I was more versed in the subjects). It's very thick with medical statistics and lingo so it’s not a light read, but it's well written so it's easy to understand. I loved learning new information about what dogs can be helpful for in the medical field and of course I’m even more astonished by them now. We might be so lucky if dogs end up running the world!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Kramer

    Fabulous book that reads like fiction. Filled with all the ways dogs help us, and the stories are wonderful. Goodavage writes amazing nonfiction, and she loves dogs. It's comes through in her writing. I loved reading about the diabetic-alert dogs, the seizure alert dogs, the dogs who find cancer cells, the dogs who help kids with autism. Don't miss it. Read also, Rescue Dogs by Pete Paxton and Molly: The Dog Who Rescues Cats by Colin Butcher. The three books go together beautifully!! Fabulous book that reads like fiction. Filled with all the ways dogs help us, and the stories are wonderful. Goodavage writes amazing nonfiction, and she loves dogs. It's comes through in her writing. I loved reading about the diabetic-alert dogs, the seizure alert dogs, the dogs who find cancer cells, the dogs who help kids with autism. Don't miss it. Read also, Rescue Dogs by Pete Paxton and Molly: The Dog Who Rescues Cats by Colin Butcher. The three books go together beautifully!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    It's a fascinating book, don't get me wrong. Dogs are so smart and their noses are so sensitive that they can be trained to detect so many things. The most useful parts of the book, for me, were the descriptions of the training and use of dogs who help people with disabilities. Dogs who wake up diabetics in the middle of the night because their blood sugar is off. Dogs who notify their owners that a seizure is imminent. But there are so many dogs who are able to detect different kinds of cancers It's a fascinating book, don't get me wrong. Dogs are so smart and their noses are so sensitive that they can be trained to detect so many things. The most useful parts of the book, for me, were the descriptions of the training and use of dogs who help people with disabilities. Dogs who wake up diabetics in the middle of the night because their blood sugar is off. Dogs who notify their owners that a seizure is imminent. But there are so many dogs who are able to detect different kinds of cancers who won't be able to put their talent to actual use. Not yet, anyway. Right now no one goes in for a physical and gets sniffed up and down to see if they have cancer. I ended up abandoning the book because the due date would come up, it would be automatically returned and I'd be put back on the Hold list to wait a couple of weeks for it to become available again. After the second time I removed myself from the list and figured I'd finish some time in the future. It's possible I missed some interesting updates, so take that into consideration when evaluating my review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    I learned so much about how dogs can help people! There were some “a little too explicit” descriptions about dogs identifying soldier’s remains that I am sure the author felt were necessary to show how other soldiers can get PTSD from the various experiences of war. I get what PTSD can do to a person’s life because I have it and I can see where a dog, to pull you back to “safety,” could be a blessing. My dogs aren’t trained as service dogs but they are very comforting. Interesting, informative an I learned so much about how dogs can help people! There were some “a little too explicit” descriptions about dogs identifying soldier’s remains that I am sure the author felt were necessary to show how other soldiers can get PTSD from the various experiences of war. I get what PTSD can do to a person’s life because I have it and I can see where a dog, to pull you back to “safety,” could be a blessing. My dogs aren’t trained as service dogs but they are very comforting. Interesting, informative and shows the place and need for dogs to be trained to help people in many ways. Now people need to be trained to help dogs and other animals and to stop abusing them. I’m sure dogs get PTSD too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mary S

    Being a service dog handler, I found this book extremely helpful. My service dog has improved my life exponentially. It was awesome to see the organization that blessed me with my service dog, one of the organizations featured. It not only highlights how dogs can heal, it reminds me that they are still dogs!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Doctor Dogs is a fascinating book. It deals with, as the name suggests, dogs that help with medical conditions. In it, we meet dogs who help detect everything from diabetic issues, seizures, cancer, and superbugs to autism., PTSD and mental illness. It is written in an easy. readable style, as Ms. Goodavage relates anecdotes about the dogs and the humans they help or work with. She does the same with the doctors and scientists who are working with the dogs to further their use in the medical fie Doctor Dogs is a fascinating book. It deals with, as the name suggests, dogs that help with medical conditions. In it, we meet dogs who help detect everything from diabetic issues, seizures, cancer, and superbugs to autism., PTSD and mental illness. It is written in an easy. readable style, as Ms. Goodavage relates anecdotes about the dogs and the humans they help or work with. She does the same with the doctors and scientists who are working with the dogs to further their use in the medical field. Although there is no lack of research behind this book (with footnotes and sources to back it up), whether Ms. Goodavage is telling us about Clay, a young boy with diabetes, his mom Karen and his dog, a yellow Lab named Whitley, who has helped him by alerting to his diabetic swings, or little Matthew who suffers from autism, his mom Christine and his dog, Lloyd, who helps Matt cope in a confusing world, she does so with empathy for both the human and the dog. Her stories are filled with background information on the trials and the training, and yet are written in a manner that even a non science orientated person can easily understand. I enjoyed this book much more than I expected to, and would recommend it to anyone interested in dogs, medicine or any of the conditions that are discussed in the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jolene

    Maria Goodavage’s new book, Doctor Dogs, is full of amazing dogs that can do amazing things.  I had previously heard of dogs that could detect seizures, low blood sugar, and help with PTSD but I had no idea how they did it and the numerous other ways dogs are helping those with medical disabilities. Did you know dogs cant detect cancer by smelling a person's saliva??  This book goes into the research behind training these dogs to help others.  The author makes reading all the facts and research Maria Goodavage’s new book, Doctor Dogs, is full of amazing dogs that can do amazing things.  I had previously heard of dogs that could detect seizures, low blood sugar, and help with PTSD but I had no idea how they did it and the numerous other ways dogs are helping those with medical disabilities. Did you know dogs cant detect cancer by smelling a person's saliva??  This book goes into the research behind training these dogs to help others.  The author makes reading all the facts and research interesting by intertwining real life stories of dogs and their owners. Many of these stories start out so heartbreaking but end up with a happy tail (see what I did there?). This book has inspired me to look into getting a therapy dog for the school I work.  A therapy dog would benefit so many of the students I work with. After reading this fabulous book, I am excited for what the future holds in the medical field and the role dogs will play. Doctor Dogs comes out October 1st.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Biggie

    I already thought dogs were pretty amazing but I had NO IDEA how really really amazing they are. Yes, I knew about dogs helping with the blind, veterans w PTSD, autism and finding cancer cells but the depth the author goes into what the dogs are trained to do is great. This is very well researched and I was sad to at the end to read all the stories she cut out ... I was hoping she had a website and we could read them there. It makes me want to step up my game with my own dogs...... take them bey I already thought dogs were pretty amazing but I had NO IDEA how really really amazing they are. Yes, I knew about dogs helping with the blind, veterans w PTSD, autism and finding cancer cells but the depth the author goes into what the dogs are trained to do is great. This is very well researched and I was sad to at the end to read all the stories she cut out ... I was hoping she had a website and we could read them there. It makes me want to step up my game with my own dogs...... take them beyond sit and stay.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah- Pupsandprose

    Thanks Dutton for the advanced copy of Doctor Dogs [pub date Oct. 1] Maria Goodavage’s book is so well researched. If you have a dog you know how much they can brighten your day and improve your mental health. But did you know they can also keep you physically healthy too? And even alert you when something is wrong. I learned this from experience. In January of this year I had a terrible infection. I remember my dog Lucy laying by my side the whole time. She was even laying half on top of me. Long Thanks Dutton for the advanced copy of Doctor Dogs [pub date Oct. 1] Maria Goodavage’s book is so well researched. If you have a dog you know how much they can brighten your day and improve your mental health. But did you know they can also keep you physically healthy too? And even alert you when something is wrong. I learned this from experience. In January of this year I had a terrible infection. I remember my dog Lucy laying by my side the whole time. She was even laying half on top of me. Long story short, the next day I went into septic shock. After being in the hospital for a week, I came home and hours later had a seizure. I remember coming out of it and seeing Lucy hovering over me. She was licking my lips (kinda gross, I know) and it cleared my airway. I think that’s pretty amazing. I’ve heard of dogs doing things like this to protect their humans, but I never really believed it, I thought it was fake science. But it’s totally a real thing. Maria Goodavage goes so in depth with this and it’s the most solid research I have seen on the topic. I definitely recommend you give it a read. If your a dog person I’m sure you’ll love it. Even if you don’t have a dog or any medical complications, there is still so much to learn from this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    ~Disclaimer: I received a free hardback copy of this book.~ This book is broken into three parts: “In the first section, you’ll meet dogs who are detecting cancer and Parkinson’s disease, and dogs who alert their people to seizures, diabetic lows or highs, and other life-threatening physical ailments. The second section features doctor dogs who are stepping into new fields such as sleep disorders, and even protecting us from antibiotic-resistant bugs and potential epidemic catastrophe. In the thi ~Disclaimer: I received a free hardback copy of this book.~ This book is broken into three parts: “In the first section, you’ll meet dogs who are detecting cancer and Parkinson’s disease, and dogs who alert their people to seizures, diabetic lows or highs, and other life-threatening physical ailments. The second section features doctor dogs who are stepping into new fields such as sleep disorders, and even protecting us from antibiotic-resistant bugs and potential epidemic catastrophe. In the third part, we’ll look at the dogs helping people who are struggling with debilitating mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder in its many guises.” (p.12). If all that sounds interesting, do read on. Maria Goodavage, our journalist author, provides anecdotal stories, studies and conjecture about the future possibilities of these dogs. For the fans of dog pictures, do not fret, for the book includes several pages of color images of the dogs talked about in the book! It was nice to put a face to the dogs in the stories. I found that there were times when the journalist comes to the forefront. If you are looking for a "just the facts" type of book, this is not it. Maria delves into the people's lives and brings out their stories. It might be a tangent, but it humanizes the people involved and I think it is to be expected from a journalist author. It is fascinating to read about what dogs are capable of, but it is also good to hear about dogs' limitations. For example, diabetic trained dogs can find environmental factors limiting (too hot or too smoky), their skills can get rusty without reinforcement of their training, and occasionally dogs cheat in the hope of getting more treats (p. 45). In the chapter about seizures, the author acknowledges the varying studies and their findings (some favorable and others not) (p. 64-65) and the fact that researchers don’t know what the dogs are sensing when they alert their owners to seizures at this time (p. 82). Hopefully, more research will be done. As Maria states, “Good science takes time. Proof-of-principle studies are going on around the world. Ideally, science learns from its mistakes.” (p. 98). The things dogs might be able to do in time is fascinating. From being able to help researchers find the biomarker for Parkinsons to help with early detection (p. 165-166) to finding viruses/harmful bacteria to prevent infection to the population at large (p. 188). And the things that dogs are capable of doing is amazing. I mostly wanted to pick up this book because of the section of mental health. Dogs helping with PTSD, Autism, Schizophrenia and more is one of the things that dogs do that makes them amazing to me. Anecdotal evidence is all good for those who need help and are desperate, but actual data is necessary if you hope for places like the VA to help pay for the work and the results are promising (p. 251). If the above interests you, then give this book a shot. I enjoyed it and handed it off to my mother to read once I finished it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    5- I have read at least 4 of Maria Goodavage's books on dogs, and this is one of her best. We have all heard of the impressive services dogs have done for humans in the medical field from detecting seizures, diabetes, and cancer to providing comfort as therapy aids. In organized sections, this book logically and clearly discusses examples of these tasks and more. But what gives her credibility with me is her honest discussion of the scientific studies which also show the limitations of canine wor 5- I have read at least 4 of Maria Goodavage's books on dogs, and this is one of her best. We have all heard of the impressive services dogs have done for humans in the medical field from detecting seizures, diabetes, and cancer to providing comfort as therapy aids. In organized sections, this book logically and clearly discusses examples of these tasks and more. But what gives her credibility with me is her honest discussion of the scientific studies which also show the limitations of canine workers. Dogs can sometimes perform miracles...but not dependably. Far too many people believe that most dogs can be trained to do whatever we want or need of them. Why breed Military Working dogs when there are thousands of animals languishing in shelters across the country? So what is the dog doesn't want to sniff out explosives all day in an airport or war zone? Just train them right, and they will do it. Goodavage makes it clear that we don't understand why or how a dog can sense that a PTSD veteran is about to lose control, and so it isn't a trivial thing to find and match a dog to a specific person in need or to train the animal to focus its energy on the required task, whether that is detecting drugs or any of the myriad other things they sometimes do. This author recognizes dogs as individuals, as sentient beings. They are not mindless cogs to be placed into whatever task we humans have in mind. Some dogs are simply companion animals, couch potatoes, while others must "have a job" in order to maintain their sanity. Even dogs of the same breed vary greatly. They are not machines, robots that will do our bidding. It is their complexity that she admires, as do I. The author finds that delicate balance between the wonder of what some dogs are able to accomplish and the disappointment we feel have when they fail to live up to our very high expectations. I value the honesty I found in this book. Goodavage respects dogs for what they are, not for what we want each of them to be. I thought it was well done, very well done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erin Moxam

    This is a very interesting book that explores the role of dogs in different settings in healthcare and as helpers for people. It also looks at things that are in the works with dogs and medicine, which is extremely interesting. Maybe you're next cancer screening will just be a thorough sniffing by a golden retriever - how great would that be? This book is pretty well written and it's nice to see that there are people in the world who take this very seriously and strive and work hard to use the un This is a very interesting book that explores the role of dogs in different settings in healthcare and as helpers for people. It also looks at things that are in the works with dogs and medicine, which is extremely interesting. Maybe you're next cancer screening will just be a thorough sniffing by a golden retriever - how great would that be? This book is pretty well written and it's nice to see that there are people in the world who take this very seriously and strive and work hard to use the unique relationship that humanity has with dogs and use it for good. I was very intrigued by the last chapter, which was about improving the way that we can communicate with dogs which basically comes down to dogs being able to push buttons that say things in plain English. I get a little annoyed that we make every species work on our level and never seem willing to work on theirs, however, there is no denying that in a medical setting, the clearer a dog could communicate, the better it could be for everyone. A fascinating idea. If you love dogs or animals, this is a very interesting book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donnie

    There are dog books and there are Dog Books. As a trained handler for my son’s two service dogs, I was immediately drawn into Maria’s latest book and didn’t want to leave! The combination of her impressive research, the stand-alone chapters by topic and humorous anecdotes, all kept me seamlessly gliding through the book. Even the science, which would normally send me reeling, was understandable and insightful. I’ve witnessed many medical-alert dogs being trained and appreciate the difficulties th There are dog books and there are Dog Books. As a trained handler for my son’s two service dogs, I was immediately drawn into Maria’s latest book and didn’t want to leave! The combination of her impressive research, the stand-alone chapters by topic and humorous anecdotes, all kept me seamlessly gliding through the book. Even the science, which would normally send me reeling, was understandable and insightful. I’ve witnessed many medical-alert dogs being trained and appreciate the difficulties that can challenge the most intelligent dogs. With heart, Maria weaves together the personalities of the humans and personalities of the dogs. And she’s honest. Sometimes, that’s the hardest part of a book about dogs. I’ve read everything about dogs that she’s written and found Doctor Dogs to become my latest favorite.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I really enjoyed the book. Although I suppose one could say I'm bias since I'm not only an animal lover, but a dog owner as well. I appreciate the author's details when telling of the numerous accounts of how dogs have helped children and adults alike. And how dogs could possibly help in the future. It's fascinating to know that someday we could potentially put our life in the paws of a dog. While there were lots of stories and studies described, I find the one I'm thinking of as I write my review I really enjoyed the book. Although I suppose one could say I'm bias since I'm not only an animal lover, but a dog owner as well. I appreciate the author's details when telling of the numerous accounts of how dogs have helped children and adults alike. And how dogs could possibly help in the future. It's fascinating to know that someday we could potentially put our life in the paws of a dog. While there were lots of stories and studies described, I find the one I'm thinking of as I write my review is about the woman that could detect someone with Parkinson's disease. I had a loved one that eventually died of this disease, and if dogs can be trained to detect Parkinson's before a person even knows they have it, that would be incredible.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda Haas

    I will preface my review by saying that I am an animal lover, especially dogs and I have read and enjoyed books by this author. So, I was delighted when I found out that I won this book from Goodreads and couldn’t wait to start reading it. It did not disappoint. I was amazed to learn about all things dogs are being trained to do. I also learned a lot about the people who need service dogs. I knew how smart my border collie was so I know they are very smart. However, I was still blown away! I lov I will preface my review by saying that I am an animal lover, especially dogs and I have read and enjoyed books by this author. So, I was delighted when I found out that I won this book from Goodreads and couldn’t wait to start reading it. It did not disappoint. I was amazed to learn about all things dogs are being trained to do. I also learned a lot about the people who need service dogs. I knew how smart my border collie was so I know they are very smart. However, I was still blown away! I loved this book. In this author’s usual style, this book was very well researched and told in an understanding way.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This book is an amazing eye-opener for anyone who thinks dogs are smarter than we think they are. Some dogs are brilliant! Life savers, not just companions, dogs are found to be quick learners, when you've got the right personality traits. I had heard of cancer sniffing dogs and bomb sniffing dogs but not much else dogs have been trained to do. I salute everyone who aids in the making of a dog a service dog, a medical sniffer dog, a land mine sniffing dog and all the other special medical (and o This book is an amazing eye-opener for anyone who thinks dogs are smarter than we think they are. Some dogs are brilliant! Life savers, not just companions, dogs are found to be quick learners, when you've got the right personality traits. I had heard of cancer sniffing dogs and bomb sniffing dogs but not much else dogs have been trained to do. I salute everyone who aids in the making of a dog a service dog, a medical sniffer dog, a land mine sniffing dog and all the other special medical (and other) things they are capable of doing. This book was a clear joy to read and helped me remember all the special and unexpected things the dogs in my live have done (as habit and learned behaviors). A must-read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis Barlow

    To paraphrase a line from a popular movie, you had me at dog. I love reading stories about dogs, and reading about dogs who do so much to help mankind in detecting diseases and helping and giving comfort to people with all kinds of conditions; well;I was anxious to dive in. I read Maria's book Top Dog a few years ago and enjoyed it, so I figured I would like this one. I was not disappointed. I had no clue that dogs could be trained to do so many different things, and to read how this was accomplis To paraphrase a line from a popular movie, you had me at dog. I love reading stories about dogs, and reading about dogs who do so much to help mankind in detecting diseases and helping and giving comfort to people with all kinds of conditions; well;I was anxious to dive in. I read Maria's book Top Dog a few years ago and enjoyed it, so I figured I would like this one. I was not disappointed. I had no clue that dogs could be trained to do so many different things, and to read how this was accomplished was truly fascinating. If you like dogs, science/medicine and research, you will love this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    This was so eye opening, and watering, I was crying while driving 65 mph hoping I wouldn't have to pull over trying to get it together! Man's best friend indeed, so many heart warming stories, the possibilities are endless. I don't care for medical talk, which it does in depth, despite my squeamish avoidance this was excellent. I wish every stray shelter dog could be put into service, imagine how much good it would do for man and beast. Was really incredible learning how many services dogs are i This was so eye opening, and watering, I was crying while driving 65 mph hoping I wouldn't have to pull over trying to get it together! Man's best friend indeed, so many heart warming stories, the possibilities are endless. I don't care for medical talk, which it does in depth, despite my squeamish avoidance this was excellent. I wish every stray shelter dog could be put into service, imagine how much good it would do for man and beast. Was really incredible learning how many services dogs are involved with so many human ailments mentally and physically.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hasenhuttl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dogs are not only our best friends, but they are also so helpful to those individuals with diabetes, seizures, PTSD, depression, and many other medical conditions. This is a really well-researched book, with the SF-based author reaching far and wide for input and data from dog therapy trainers, handlers, and individuals who work with these amazing animals. Therapy dogs are more than just best friends, they are incredible healers and therapists, wrapped in a furry package with a wagging tail, and Dogs are not only our best friends, but they are also so helpful to those individuals with diabetes, seizures, PTSD, depression, and many other medical conditions. This is a really well-researched book, with the SF-based author reaching far and wide for input and data from dog therapy trainers, handlers, and individuals who work with these amazing animals. Therapy dogs are more than just best friends, they are incredible healers and therapists, wrapped in a furry package with a wagging tail, and occasional lick and bark.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Maria Goodavage takes a series of interviews and turns it into a masterful book about the relationship between service dogs and their owners. She also explores how dogs are using their powerful sense of smell to detect disease long before technology can even detect a problem. She interviews both those who depend on their dogs to help them navigate the world and those who train dogs to be a service to others. She also looks at how dogs will be able to better communicate with those that they help Maria Goodavage takes a series of interviews and turns it into a masterful book about the relationship between service dogs and their owners. She also explores how dogs are using their powerful sense of smell to detect disease long before technology can even detect a problem. She interviews both those who depend on their dogs to help them navigate the world and those who train dogs to be a service to others. She also looks at how dogs will be able to better communicate with those that they help with the innovation of new technologies.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura E.

    For dog lovers who want more reasons to be amazed. Ms. Goodavage brings you into the homes of people whose lives are literally being saved by these wonderful animals daily. You will also learn about the research and training of the dogs as well as the thought and preparation that ultimately leads to a person receiving their beloved animal. This book definitely pulls at your heartstrings and will be enjoyed whether you love dogs or not. Best friends become best medicine!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    My love for animals, just went up 100 fold. The dogs in this book, are nothing short of superhero status. Imagine giving a human the chance at a "normal" life when you have been scared to leave their home for years. Being safe, knowing your protector, aka dog will be sure your insulin level do not go out of whack. Or an autistic boy, whose parents were never able to take him anywhere fearing another major meltdown. They now travel with all family members, the 2 and 4 legged variety. Many more st My love for animals, just went up 100 fold. The dogs in this book, are nothing short of superhero status. Imagine giving a human the chance at a "normal" life when you have been scared to leave their home for years. Being safe, knowing your protector, aka dog will be sure your insulin level do not go out of whack. Or an autistic boy, whose parents were never able to take him anywhere fearing another major meltdown. They now travel with all family members, the 2 and 4 legged variety. Many more stories. Such a wonderful read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Corey Morris

    It's great to think our best friends are becoming one of our best forms of medicine. It's amazing what they know about us. I have always thought this and great to see it in print. Audiobook is fantastic. I enjoyed Soldier Dogs very much and this is a great follow up. I can't wait for "Clinical Cats!" It's great to think our best friends are becoming one of our best forms of medicine. It's amazing what they know about us. I have always thought this and great to see it in print. Audiobook is fantastic. I enjoyed Soldier Dogs very much and this is a great follow up. I can't wait for "Clinical Cats!"

  26. 4 out of 5

    Margery

    Read this fascinating book, even if you're not a dog lover! If you enjoy science and/or medical research, you will love this book. Who knew how many ways that dogs could be trained to do so many different things? Reading how this is accomplished was truly inspiring. There really are "Doctor Dogs"; this beautifully written book will move you deeply and give you new hope for the world. Really! Read this fascinating book, even if you're not a dog lover! If you enjoy science and/or medical research, you will love this book. Who knew how many ways that dogs could be trained to do so many different things? Reading how this is accomplished was truly inspiring. There really are "Doctor Dogs"; this beautifully written book will move you deeply and give you new hope for the world. Really!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Gleaned: a) greater respect for dogs’ ability to smell and sense disease and distress, b) greater respect for the challenges other people face, with a fresh awareness that while we deal with T1D, we could be facing something much harder, c) ironically inspired by “man’s best friend” to listen better, talk less, and show more unconditional love to people.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kelly

    Just further proof that dogs are incredible. Fascinating to read about the research going into using dogs to help us alert to hyper/hypoglycemia, seizures, cancer, microbes and to help those with autism, learning disabilities, mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, psychotic episodes, PTSD). Extra thankful for my two furballs.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Gadd

    Beautifully written book for all dog lovers!! Doctor Dogs is all about the amazing ways dogs can help people with emotional and physical problems. The connection that dogs and owners can have is extraordinary. Such a fantastic read that will pull at your heartstrings.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alysse

    We received a copy of "Doctor Dogs" and have not been able to put it down! As if dogs weren't amazing enough already, Maria has taken us on such an informative and heartwarming journey of the world's greatest healers. Science, smiles and unconditional love took us from cover to cover! We received a copy of "Doctor Dogs" and have not been able to put it down! As if dogs weren't amazing enough already, Maria has taken us on such an informative and heartwarming journey of the world's greatest healers. Science, smiles and unconditional love took us from cover to cover!

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