SERVICE TRAINED FACILITY DOGS: Creating a Dog Program in your Facility or Agency answers the question that other professionals are asking; "How do you get a dog program up and running in a facility or agency?" The book is an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide to beginning a facility-dog program. The book reviews the process from start to finish; covering brain research, program funding, choosing a dog, socializing, training, mistakes to avoid, and working with your dog and your colleagues to support clients young and old in different facilities. This fun, straightforward, guide to developing a program of your own is a must read for anyone with the desire to develop an animal-assisted intervention with dogs. It will inspire you to begin a dog program of your own.
Catherine Ricchetti, LCSWR has been a social worker since 1988. Much of her career has been working with children and families. She began a facility-dog program in 2003. She has helped to expand this program in the school district where she works. She lectures and teaches other professionals how to develop facility dog programs.