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Bring Your Dog to Work Day: What Animal-Assisted Therapy Is NOT
Animal welfare is a component that is largely absent in the dialogue surrounding the emerging field of animal-assisted therapy. This article will promote a deeper understanding of animal-assisted therapy, provide a guide to understanding canine behavior in the therapy room, and offer tools that counselor s can use when working with therapy dogs. Further, methods of selecting and training an appropriate therapy dog will be discussed.
Keywords: animal-assisted therapy, ethics, animal welfare