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Every Dog's Legal Guide: A Must-Have Book for Your Owner by Mary Randolph, J.D. This book covers the world of laws as it relates to dogs.

The Rainbow Series: Dogs Who Help Non-fiction stories about dogs who help others in various ways, including as therapy and/or service dogs,perfect for use in reading to dogs programs and other child-focused canine-assisted therapies/programs.

Books and Guides on Pet Therapy Programs

There are a variety of publications available, even some videos, that can help you learn to get your dog ready for animal assisted therapy visits. Some you can purchase in any major bookstore, others you can order. Some of these books and guides I found by searching my local library system. I have indicated the library where they are stored, most are at University of California, Davis. That does not mean that they aren't available to you locally. The call letters for some of the publications listed should help you locate similar publications in your own library. Check with your local university and college libraries as well as general public libraries or check with various book sellers. In some cases I have included links to, a wonderful seller of dog related books, video tapes and other items. I may receive a commission for purchases made using those links.

Resources for becoming a visiting pet volunteer:

Resources for starting a visiting pet volunteer program.

Animal Assisted Therapy Professional Resources.

Resources for researching animal assisted therapy.

Resources for becoming a visiting pet volunteer:

  1. Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog To Reach Others
    by : Kathy Diamond Davis Published by Howell Books.

  2. Volunteering With Your Pet: How to Get Involved in Animal-Assisted Therapy With Any Kind of Pet
    Mary R. Burch, Ph.D. Howell Book House

  3. Therapy Dogs Today - Their Gifts, Our Obligation - Second Edition edited by Kris Butler

Resources for running a visiting pet volunteer program.

  1. A Pet-Visitation Therapy Program -- Starting One and Keeping it Going
    by Neal C. Jennings, Scottsdale, AZ ,1998
    A 258-page workbook covering nearly every aspect of starting and continuing a program to serve from 1 to 100 health care centers. The two volumes have metal spring clips for easy removal of pages (forms and handouts) for copying. Subjects range from finding a headquarters to ultimate disposal of assets upon ceasing operations -- dealing with volunteers, residents, care center staff, veterinarians, media, IRS, incorporating, insurance, meetings, awards, and media coverage. See site: for detailed list of items covered. Write to

  2. Starting A Visiting-Animal Group
    by Ann Howie
    Written for the volunteer who wishes to start an animal-assisted therapy program, From the volunteer's perspective, simple and straightforward - enough, but not too much detail

  3. The Tuskegee Behavior Test for Selecting Therapy Dogs
    Produced by
    Caroline Schaffer, D.V.M. and John Phillips
    Tuskegee University
    A comprehensive how-to package for interpreting canine postures and screening dogs to work in nursing homes & hospitals To order, call (334)727-8122 or write to

  4. Canines In The Classroom
    by Michelle Rivera
    Raising humane children through interactions with animals. Includes lesson plans, case histories, suggestions for using animals in school settings.

  5. Therapy Dogs Today - Their Gifts, Our Obligation
    by Kris Butler
    Highlights many of the new and creative ways people include dogs in clinical, educational, and crisis response settings. Offers new perspectives regarding the roles and responsibilities of handlers, trainers, and facility staff; and it re-examines the processes through which visiting dog and handler teams are validated.

  6. PAT at Huntington training manual : a volunteer program of pet-assisted therapy
    by Holli Pfau. Pasadena, Calif. : Huntington Memorial Hospital, c1990.
    University of California, Davis HealthSci SF411.5 P7 1990
    For more information write to Huntington Hospital, PAT Program, PO Box 7013, Pasadena, CA 91109.

  7. How to Start a People-Pet Partnership
    can be purchased from:*
    People-Pet Partnership
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    P O Box 647010
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA 99164-7010

Animal Assisted Therapy Advanced Volunteer and Professional Resources

  1. " Animal-Assisted Therapy And Activities: Study, Resource Guide, And Bibliography For The Use Of Companion Animals In Selected Therapies, 9Th Ed
    by Phil Arkow"
    May be also available from Phil Arkow. , 37 Hillside Rd., Stratford, NJ 08084 E-mail

  2. Therapy Dogs: Compassionate Modalities Book & Dvd
    by Kris Butler
    An introduction to the important roles of dogs, handlers, staff, and trainers associated with every animal-enhanced intervention. The book provides key points from the video, also contains information relating to issues that are not addressed, or only cursorily addressed, in the DVD.

  3. Handbook On Animal-Assisted Therapy
    by Aubrey H. Fine (Editor)

  4. Developing and Implementing Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Acute Care Hospital Setting

  5. Pet-Oriented Child Psychotherapy
    by Boris M. Levinson, Gerald P. Mallon
    January, 1997
    ISBN: 0398066736

  6. How to start a "pet therapy" program : a guidebook for health care professionals
    by Phil Arkow. Alameda, Calif. :
    Latham Foundation, [1990].
    University of California, Davis HealthSci SF411.5 A7 1990
    e-mail Latham at for information on publications for purchase.

Resources for researching animal assisted therapy.

  1. Animal facilitated therapy with the elderly, ill and disabled : an initial guide to the literature by Sharell Ann Reintsma. 1984.
    University of California, Davis HealthSci SF411.5 R45 1984

  2. Animal-assisted therapy and the severely disabled child: a quantitative study..(Abstract) Journal of Rehabilitation, Oct-Dec, 2001, by Kathryn Heimlich.

  3. Companion Animals in Human Health by Cindy C. Wilson (Editor), Dennis C. Turner (Editor)

  4. Why the Wild Things Are: Animals in the Lives of Children by Gail F. Melson

  5. Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship
    by Alan M. Beck, Aaron Honori Katcher, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (Foreword)

  6. You Have A Visitor: Observations on Pet Visitation and Therapy by Renee Lamm Esordi, Alan M. Beck (Foreword)

  7. The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy

  8. Creature Comfort: Animals That Heal by Bernie Graham

  9. In the Company of Animals : A Study of Human-Animal Relationships
    by James Serpell
    ISBN: 0521577799 l

  10. Animals as Teachers and Healers: True Stories and Reflections Susan Chernak McElroy; paperback; 1998

  11. Four Footed Therapist Janet Ruckert; paperback; 1987

  12. The therapeutic value of animals. by Kim Kavanagh.
    Lansing, MI : PAM AssistanceCentre ;
    [Washington, DC] : U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Educational Resources Information Center, [1994]. Series title: PAM repeater ; no. 86.
    UCSC McHenry ED 1.310/2:373462 Gov Pubs US Docs
    CSL Main Lib ED 1.310/2:373462 Govt Pubs

Links to Therapy Dog Resources
More Service and Therapy Dogs publications from Dogwise.

Books and Guides on Agility

  1. Agility Training: The Fun Sport for All Dogs
    by Jane Simmons-Moake [1991]
    Published by Howell Books
  2. Also see Agility Action OnLine Magazine

More Agility and Flyball publications from Dogwise.

Books and Guides on Tracking

  1. Practical Scent Dog Training
    by Lue Button: Published by Alpine
    214 19th St. SE, Loveland, CO 80537. 1990.

  2. Tracking Dog: Theory and Methods.
    by Glen Johnson, published by Arner Publications, c1975

Books and Guides on Getting a Dog

"Your Purebred Puppy" by Michele Welton (Lowell)
"A Perfect Match" by Chris Walkowicz.
Chosen Puppy by Carol Lea Benjamin
Second Hand Dog by Carol Lea Benjamin
Purebred Rescue Dog Adoption: Rewards And Realities by Liz Palika
"Choosing a Shelter Dog" by Christiansen
"Adoption Option, Choosing and Raising the Shelter Dog for You." by Rubenstein and Kalina.
" Before & After Getting Your Puppy " by Ian Dunbar
" What All Good Dogs Should Know " by Volhard
" How To Raise A Puppy You Can Live With Book & Video Set" by Rutherford and Neil
"Dog Training for Kids" by Carol Lea Benjamin,
"Sirius Puppy Training Video" by Ian Dunbar
"Superpuppy Training Manual" by Peter & Nancy Vollmer
"How To Housebreak Your Dog In 7 Days". by Shirlee Kalstone

Breeding and Genetics

Canine Reproduction by Phyllis Holst
Control Of Canine Genetic Diseases by George Padgett

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