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Animal Assisted Therapy

Interactive Techniques

Now available as an eBook


Presenting interactive activities designed
to capitalize on a dog’s special magic
to bring independence, joy and healing
to special children.

 This book addresses the effective utilization of a specially trained dog to accomplish learning and therapy goals.

Designed for anyone working with individuals involved in the therapy/rehab process or working to accomplish IEP Goals: parents; teachers of students with orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, deaf and hard of hearing, autism spectrum, developmentally delayed, mentally challenged; psychologists; nutritionists; occupational therapists; physical therapists; vision specialists; orientation and mobility specialists; adapted physical education teachers; music/movement teachers; speech and language therapists; Early Start Intake Specialists; Early Start classroom teachers; bus drivers; Family Service Coordinators; principals; hospital staff; case workers; doctors; nurses; recreational therapists; respiratory therapists.

Chapters Include:

  1. About Us –The Wind Beneath Our Wings
  2. This Book Is – The What’s and How’s
  3. Interactive Commands
  4. Interactive Positions
  5. Interactive Activities
  6. Client/Dog/Activity Management Techniques
  7. Resources DUSTIN’ PAW

117 pages in all!

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2012 Summer Newsletter

  • Can Dogs Bowl?
  • A Heart for Others
  • Dustin’s Paw Donors Helping us turn challenges into miracles
  • Where there’s a will there’s a way!

2011 Spring Newsletter

  • Kids, Dogs and a Personal Connection
  • People With Disabilities Are Just People
  • Let’s Play Tea Party
  • A Star Is Born
  • A Tribute to Geralyn

2010 Spring Newsletter

  • What is Dustin’s Paw
  • Who Does Dustin’s Paw Serve
  • Who is the Staff of Dustin’s Paw
  • Client Success Stories
  • Community Outreach News
  • Clinical Outcomes

The original file is much too large to fit here so it was reduced in resolution and split into two files. See below. For a high resolution file that will print a business quality document, contact

Dustin’s Paw Policies and Procedures Part A 2011 verson

Dustin’s Paw Policies and Procedures Part B 2011 version

Thinking about a Dog Workshop is now available as an eBook. Designed for any one (parent, teacher, therapist or individual) interested in using a dog for the benefit of a disabled individual. Click here for more information and how to download the eBook.

Do Dogs Motivate Independence? This eBook addresses Frequently Asked Questions by Therapists (Speech, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy). Click here for more information and how to download the eBook.

Do Dogs Motivate Learning? This eBook looks at Educators’ Frequently Asked Questions. Click here for more information and how to download the eBook.

ARROW Books: A Reading Resource to Open Worlds

 These books are designed to help the patients at Dustin’s Paw better understand abstract concepts such as “in and out” or “on and off”. The books use the therapy dogs at Dustin’s Paw, Prairie and Ovelle, as figures to demonstrate these concepts with props from the clinic. A sign language component has been added to that the books can be used with a wider range of children.

These books were created by Claire Jussel for her Girl Scout Gold Award 2015 that focuses on service and giving back to organizations in the community.

Click here to read or download the eBooks:

In and Out

On and Off

The Crafting Motivation Booklet is an reference tool for the Crafting Motivation Seminar. Download a copy by clicking here.

The Canine Kibitzing Activity summarizes 6 different research projects on canine assistance. They are used as an introduction to the Crafting Motivation Seminar. Download a copy by clicking here.