2-2 | Play Therapy with Kids & Canines: Benefits for Children's Developmental and Psychosocial Health

Book Review

Play Therapy with Kids & Canines: Benefits for Children's Developmental and Psychosocial Health

Risë VanFleet
Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press, 2008. Appendices, references. 138 pp. $16.95 paper. ISBN: 9781568871127

by Stephen Demanchick

First Paragraph:

I had extremely high hopes and many expectations when my wife and I purchased our first Labrador retriever puppy in 2006. Romantic notions of training our Lab pup to be an empathic and obedient play-therapy dog danced through my head. Cotton, as he was soon to be named, was neither obedient nor empathic upon arrival at our home. In fact, he was stubborn, excitable, hyperactive, and occasionally naughty. There was a fleeting moment in those early days when my heart sank at the thought that Cotton might not be the therapy dog that I dreamed of.