To read more studies supporting the many benefits of therapy dogs, both physically and psychologically, here are some other great sources of information:
Friesen, L. (2012). Animal-assisted literacy learning as carnival: A Bakhtinian analysis. The International Journal of Learning, 18(3),305-324.
Friesen, L. & Delisle, E. (2012, March/April). Animal-assisted literacy: A supportive environment for constrained and unconstrained learning. Childhood Education International, 102-107.
Friesen, L. (2010). Animals in children’s literature: A powerful motivator for literacy learning. Focus on Elementary:Association for Childhood Education International, 22(2), 1-7.
Friesen, L. (2009). Exploring animal-assisted programs with children in school and therapeutic contexts. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37(4), 261-267.
Friesen, L. (2009). How a therapy dog may inspire student literacy engagement in the elementary language arts classroom. [Special issue.] LEARNing Landscapes, 3(1), 105-122.