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Becker, Marty, and Danelle Morton. The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy. New York: Hyperion, 2002. Print.

This book focuses on the experiences of Marty Becker, a veterinarian with experience in pet therapy. He believes that "it is our bonds that keep us healthy" (16) and he greatly values pets in the healing process. The book has several examples of pets has healers, such as published studies documenting health improvement. Though this book doesn't discuss much about the qualities necessary for a therapy dog, it details the importance of pets in our lives.

Blackman, Diane. "Dog-Play: Visiting Pets and Animal Assisted Therapy." Dog Play: Great Activities You Can Do with Your Dog. 23 Aug. 1998. Web. 11 Mar. 2010.

This site talks about the type of dog required to be a therapy dog. It discusses the behaviors the dog must exhibit to be suitable for therapy work. It seems implied that only "good" dogs are suitable for therapy work but I believe dogs can learn these behaviors. This site may be useful as part of my counter argument.

Burch, Mary R. Volunteering with Your Pet: How to Get Involved in Animal-assisted Therapy with Any Kind of Pet. New York: Howell Book House, 1996. Print.

This book covers all aspects of therapy work including the use of dogs, cats, horses and small rodents. Many touching anecdotes are used to complement different facts. This book advocates the use of shelter dogs in therapy work and the author believes that with proper training almost any dog is suitable for the job. I found the information helpful for my project because it offered many suggestions for training therapy dogs.

Davis, Jeanine J. "5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health." WebMD - Better Information. Better Health. Ed. Brunilda Nazario, MD. Web. 23 Mar. 2010.

This website gave many great examples as to medical studies done in regards to pet therapy. Shows physical evidence as to how beneficial therapy can be for people in need.

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Dog Breeds: Dog Breed Descriptions, Information and Pictures. Web. 12 Mar. 2010.

This site shows the benefits animals can have on the sick or lonely. This site outlines the behaviors required of a therapy dog and notes that only dogs with a calm nature should participate. Again, I can use this site as part of my counter-argument.

Hugo, Lynne. Where the Trail Grows Faint: a Year in the Life of a Therapy Dog Team. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 2005. Print.

This book has stories of a woman and her therapy dog and thier visits to a specific nursing home. It was helpful for my project because the dog involved was really misbehaved but then became a great dog. I could use the training techniques the owner used to train my own dog for therapy work.

Long, Lorie. A Dog Who's Always Welcome: Assistance and Therapy Dog Trainers Teach You How to Socialize and Train Your Companion Dog. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley Pub., 2008. Print.
This book was written by therapy dog handlers who suggest techniques to train therapy dogs as ways to train every day house dogs. I can definitely use this book to train my own dog for therapy work.

Marilyn. "Therapy Dogs." Therapy Dogs-Brevard County, Florida. Web. 16 Mar. 2010.

This site deals specifically with Brevard County Therapy Dogs but has a page with all the qualities necessary for a therapy dog. This site does not offer training techniques.

"Pet Therapy: Healing, Recovery and Love ~ Pawprints and Purrs." Pawprints and Purrs, Inc. Web. 12 Mar. 2010.

This site lists all the ways dogs can help people in need, as well as qualities of dogs (in general) that make them suitable for therapy work. This site, along with most websites, states that the dogs must have a gentle personality prior to beginning therapy work.

Turner, Judith. "Pet Therapy Information on Healthline." Health Search Engine and Free Medical Information - Healthline. Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, 2005. Web. 1 Mar. 2010.

This site has a more scientific outlook on therapy work. It gives formal definitions of AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) and AAA (Animal Assisted Activities) as well as the benefits of using animals for healing. This site also advises against using an untrained or uncertified dog in a setting with patients.

Volhard, Jack, and Wendy Volhard. The Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can Be One. New York: Howell Book House, 2003. Print.

This book does not discuss therapy work but gives a day by day guide of how to train your dog. The Canine Good Citizen test was created to train dogs to be the perfect canine companion. I plan to use this book to teach my own dog proper behaviors so he can be successful in a therapy setting.

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