Scientific Research

Examining the Effects of a Service-Trained Facility Dog on Stress in Children Undergoing Forensic Interview for Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, Michele Thames, Colleen M. Ray & John Kolassa (2018)

National Children’s Alliance- From the Director’s Desk



Kayla A. Burd and Dawn E. McQuiston.  “Facility Dogs in the Courtroom: Comfort Without Prejudice? ”

Facility dogs as a tool for building rapport and credibility with child witnesses

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