Service Animals - Bibliography

Updated January 23, 2013 (* denotes newest articles)

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Blind or Visually Impaired


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Impaired Mobility

Medical Emergency Alert / Response


For People Who Train Their Own Service Dog


The Implications of Service Animals in Healthcare Facilities



* "Not Just a Dog" — An Attachment Perspective on Relationships with Assistance Dogs. Kwong, Marilyn J.; Bartholomew, Kim. Attachment and Human Development. 2011 Sep; 13(5): 421-436.

* Predictive Validity of a Method for Evaluating Temperament in Young Guide and Service Dogs. Duffy, Deborah L.; Serpell, James A. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 2012 Apr; 138(1-2): 99-109.

* Use of Pedometer to Assess the Requirement and Consumption of Calories by Service Dogs. Simion, Violeta-Elena; Pârvu, Monica; Furnaris, Florin. Medicina Veterinara Cluj-Napoca. Seria Medicina Veterinaria = Bulletin, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Veterinary Medicine. 2010; 67(1): 370-370.

Bucks, Christa, Ed. (1997). A World of Options, A Guide to International Exchange, Community Service and Travel for Persons with Disabilities. 3rd edition. Eugene, OR: Mobility International. (Includes information on traveling with a service dog.). (Available through

Curtis, Patricia. (1982). Animal Partners, Training Animals to Help People. NY, NY: E.P. Dutton. 129 pgs.

Duncan, Susan L. & Allen, Karen. (2000). Service Animals and Their Roles in Enhancing Independence, Quality of Life and Employment for People with Disabilities. In Aubrey Fine, Eds. Handbook of Animal Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice (pp. 303-323). San Diego, CA: Academic Press. (Available through

Duncan, Susan L. (1997). The Importance of Training Standards and Policy for Service Animals. In C. Wilson & D. Turner, Eds. Companion Animals in Human Health (pp. 251-266). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Eames, Ed & Eames, Toni. (1997). Partners in Independence, A Success Story of Dogs and the Disabled. NY, NY: Howell Book House. (Available through

Fudin, Carole E. & Harris James M. Caring for Service Dogs. Perspectives. July/August 1994, 23+.

Goehring, Mike and Dutkiewicz, Cheryl. (1992). A Training Manual for Fostering Assistance Puppies. Jud, SD: Great Plains Assistance Dogs. Out of Print--Limited Availability.

Hien, Emmanuelle & Deputte, Bertrand L. (1997). Influence of a Capuchin Monkey Companion on the Social Life of a Person with Quadriplegia: An Experimental Study. Anthrozoös. 10: 2/3, 101-107.

Siegel, Mary-Ellen & Koplin, Hermine M. (1984). More Than a Friend: Dogs With a Purpose. NY, NY: Walker and Co. 133 pgs.

Turnball, A., Turnball, R., Shank, M., & Leal, D. (1999). Exceptional Lives; Special Education in Today's Schools. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Merrill (Ed. 2, pgs. 442-444). (Available through

Assistance Dogs International's Guide to Assistance Dog Laws (2005); Santa Rosa, CA; Assistance Dogs International; 144 pages;


Autism Guide Dogs and Changes in Family Life. Marie-José Enders-Slegers1, 2
1University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2AAIZOO, Ammerzoden, The Netherlands.

Experiences of Family Life with an Autism Assistance Dog. Smyth, Claire; Slevin, Eamonn. Learning Disability Practice. 2010 May; 13(4): 12-17.

Blind or Visually Impaired

* The Case for Providing Orientation and Mobility Instruction While Using a Dog Guide. Breslauer, Bruce E. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. 2010 Jan; 104(1): 5-6.

* Canine Communication. Engel, Marcus. Creative Nursing. 2011; 17(4): 195-197.

* Assisting Handlers Following Attacks on Dog Guides: Implications for Dog Guide Teams. Godley, Cheryl A.; Gillard, Marc A. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. 2011 Oct-Nov; 105(10): 601-611.

* Assessment of Dog Guides by Users in Japan and Suggestions for Improvement. Koda, Naoko; Kubo, Masumi; Ishigami, Tomomi; Furuhashi, Hiroaki. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. 2011 Oct-Nov; 105(10): 591-600.

Freeman Derek. Barking Up the Right Tree, Breeding, Rearing and Training the Guide Dog Way. Bridge Road, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 4ET, Great Britain: Ringpress Books Ltd, Spirella House. 176 pgs.

Gibbs, Margaret. (1992). Leader Dogs for the Blind. Fairfax, VA: Denlinger's Publishers Ltd. 255 pgs. (Available through Dogwise.)

McPhee, Richard. (1981). Tom & Bear, The Training of a Guide Dog Team. NY, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell. 148 pgs.

Making Impressions, A Handbook for the prospective Guide Dog Handler. (1995). Guide Dog Users, Inc. 14311 Astrodome Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20906, 1995. Out of Print--Limited Availability.

Murphy, J.A. Describing Categories of Temperament in Potential Guide Dogs for the Blind. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1998, 53(1-2), pages 163-178.

Nicholson, Jill, Kemp-Wheeler, Griffiths, Wheeler. (1995). Distress Arising from the End of a Guide Dog Partnership. Anthrozoös. 8: 2, 100-110.

Sanders, Clinton R. The Impact of Guide Dogs on the Identity of People with Visual Impairments. Anthrozoös, 2000, 13(3), pages 131-139. White, Betty & Sullivan, Tom. (1991). The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story. N.Y., NY: Bantam Books. 211 pgs.

Wilson, Mary S. No Ordinary Dog. (1995). Claremont, CA: Mary Wilson, P.O. Box 1043, Clarement, CA 91711. 78 pgs. (children).


Grooming Dogs for the Educational Setting: the “IDEIA” Behind Service Dogs in the Public Schools. Wieselthier, Sarah Allison L. Hofstra Law Review. 2011; 39(3): 757-794.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Curtis, Patricia. (1981). Cindy, A Hearing Ear Dog. NY, NY: EP Dutton. 55 pgs. (Children)

Emert, Phyllis Boylin. (1985). Hearing-ear Dogs. NY, NY: Crestwood House Macmillan Publishing Co. 47 pgs.

Golder, Stephen. (1988). Buffy's Orange Leash. Washington, DC: Kendell Green Publications. unpaged. (Children)

Hart, Lynette A., Zasloff, R. Lee & Benfatto, Anne Marie. (1995). The Pleasures and Problems of Hearing Dog Ownership. Psychological Reports. 77, 1-2.

McGee, Reita R. (1988). Hearing Ear Dogs: A Study. Part of a tutorial in communication, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mowry, Randolph L., Carnahan, Sammye & Watson, Douglas. (1994). A National Study on the Training, Selection and Placement of Hearing Dogs. Little Rock, AR. University of Arkansas Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Persons Who are Hard of Hearing. 77 pgs.

Ogden, Paul W. (1992). Chelsea: The Story of a Signal Dog. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, & Co. 169 pgs.

Okimoto, Jean Davies.(1993). A Place for Grace. Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books. (Children).

Thomas, Sue. (1990). Silent Night. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 298 pgs. Yates, Elizabeth. (1987). Sound Friendships, The Story of Willa and Her Hearing Ear Dog. Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press. 88 pgs. (Available through


* Feline responses to hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes. Wells, Deborah L.; Lawson, Shaun W.; Siriwardena, A. Niroshan. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. 2011 Feb; 17(2): 99-100.

Epilepsy / Seizures

* Can Seizure-Alert Dogs Predict Seizures? Brown, Stephen W.; Goldstein, Laura H. Epilepsy Research. 2011 Dec; 97(3): 236-242.

Impaired Mobility

* Service Dogs and People with Physical Disabilities Partnerships: A Systematic Review. Winkle, Melissa; Crowe, Terry K.; Hendrix, Ingrid. Occupational Therapy International. 2012; 19(1): 54-66.

llen, Karen & Blascovich, Jim. (1996). The Value of Service Dogs for People with Severe Ambulatory Disabilities. JAMA. 275:13, 1001-1006.

Camp, Mary Michelle. The Use of Service Dogs as an Adaptive Strategy: A Qualitative Study. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy. September/October 2001. vp; 55. #5. pages 509-517.

Coppinger, Raymond & Lyons, Justine. (1996). Wheelchair Assistance Dogs. Amherst, MA: Hampshire College, Box CCS, Amherst, MA 01002-5001. 11 pgs.

Duncan, Susan L. (1998). Joey Moses. Seattle, WA: Storytellers Ink. 90 pgs. (family reading).

Fairman, S.K., Huebner, R.A. (2000). Service dogs: a compensatory resource to improve function. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 13(2) 41-52.

Hart, Lynette A., Hart, Benjamin & Bergin, Bonita. (1987). Socializing Effects of Service dogs for People with Disabilities. Anthrozoös. 1:1, 41-44.

Mader, Bonnie, Hart, Lynette A. & Bergin, Bonita. Social Acknowledgments for Children with Disabilities: Effects of Service Dogs. Child Development, 60:6,1529-1534.

Smith, Elizabeth Simpson. (1988). A Service Dog Goes to School. NY, NY: Morrow Junior Books. 65 pgs. Children)

Zapf, Susan F. (1995). Functional Independence in Occupational Performance Areas and Psychosocial Components in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Who Use Assistance Dogs. Project for Degree of Masters of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX.

Medical Emergency Alert / Response

Dalziel, Deborah & Hermansen, Sharon. Service Dogs for People with Seizure Disorders: An Informational Guide. (Available from Deborah Dalziel at P.O. Box 357123; Gainesville, FL 32635.)

Lingenfelter, Mike & Frei, David (2002). The Angel by My Side. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc. (available through Delta Society).


* Canine Responses to Impending Migraines. Marcus, Dawn A. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2012 Feb; 18(2): 106-108.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

For People Who Train Their Own Service Dog

Minimum Standards for Service Dogs. Renton, WA: Delta Society, November 2002. 32 pages.

Hoffman, Martha. (1999). Lend Me an Ear: The Temperament, Selection, and Training of the Hearing Ear Dog. Wilsonville, OR. Doral Publishing, Inc. 285 pgs. (Available through

Nordensson, Stewart, & Kelley, Lydia. (1997). Teamwork, A Dog Training Manual for People with Physical Disabilities, Book One: Basic Obedience. Tucson, AZ: Top Dog Publications. (Available through Dogwise.)

Nordensson, Stewart, & Kelley, Lydia. (1998). Teamwork II, A Dog Training Manual for People with Physical Disabilities (Service Exercises). Tucson, AZ: Top Dog Publications. (Available through Dogwise.)


* Canines for Combat Veterans: The National Education for Assistance Dog Services. Foreman, Kathy; Crosson, Cynthia. United States Army Medical Department Journal... 2012 Apr-Jun: 61-62

The Implications of Service Animals in Healthcare Facilities

Duncan SL and the 1997, 1998, and 1999 APIC Guidelines Committees. The implications of service animals in health care settings. AJIC (American Journal of Infection Control) 2000;28:170-180. (Available from APIC as an Adobe Acrobat file.) (PDF, 167K)

Delta Society's National Service Dog Center® (NSDC) was honored to be selected to author The Implications of Service Animals in Healthcare Facilities, a state-of-the-art report (SOAR) published by APIC in its peer-reviewed American Journal of Infection Control.

APIC is the leading multidisciplinary organization in the field of infection control and epidemiology, with more than 12,000 members worldwide. It collaborates with healthcare leaders that include the Centers for Disease Control to help its membership improve healthcare by reducing the risk of infection and related adverse outcomes. The SOAR will also be published in the upcoming edition of the APIC text, APIC Infection Control and Applied Epidemiology: Principles and Practice.

On behalf of our constituents, we thank APIC for including this much-needed professional guidance among its resources. To obtain the SOAR or text, or to find out more about APIC and its annual educational conference, visit APIC's web site


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