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Stress in the Workplace

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce: from psychological distress to the Great Resignation. (English) By: Ksinan Jiskrova G, Journal of epidemiology and community health [J Epidemiol Community Health], ISSN: 1470-2738, 2022 Mar 16; Publisher: British Medical Assn; PMID: 35296522, Database: MEDLINE

Take a Break! Periodical Psychology Today. Jan/Feb2022, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p54-56. 3p. Abstract: The article emphasizes the importance of taking a break from work. Topics covered include the role of burnout in the Great Resignation, the record rate of employees walking away from their jobs, the ways to make time for oneself at home, at work or at school, including the Pomodoro technique, a midday break for reading, painting or listening to a podcast, and short bursts of physical activity or exercise, and the first step toward embracing breaks. 

The great resignation-how do we support and retain staff already stretched to their limit? (English) By: Sheather J; Slattery D, BMJ (Clinical research ed.) [BMJ], ISSN: 1756-1833, 2021 Oct 18; Vol. 375, pp. n2533; Publisher: British Medical Association; PMID: 34663568, Database: MEDLINE

Redesigning Clinical Learning  By: Jones-Schenk J, Journal of continuing education in nursing [J Contin Educ Nurs], ISSN: 1938-2472, 2021 Sep; Vol. 52 (9), pp. 402-403; Publisher: Charles B. Slack, inc; PMID: 34432583; The pandemic is not yet resolved, and the ongoing effects continue to be revealed. One such effect has been dubbed the great resignation. The fields of health care and information technology are the most dramatically affected by resignations, with health care seeing a 3.6% increase in resignations between March 2020 and March 2021. This change, coupled with restrictions on clinical learning opportunities for nursing students during the pandemic, raises the stakes for nursing education redesign and puts professional development educators in a crucial role. [ J Contin Educ Nurs . 2021;52(9):402-403.]

General Information about Working Dogs:

Becker, Marty. The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy. New York: Hyperion, 2002.

Bondarenko, Nina. Hearts, Minds and Paws: A Book on Dogs and Working Dogs. UK: Aeneas, 2007.

Davis, Marcie, and Melissa Bunnell. Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook. Minneapolis: Alpine Publications, 2007.

Mehus-Roe, Kristin. Working Dogs: True Stories of Dogs and Their Handlers. New York: BowTie, 2003.

Miller, Jane. Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives, 2010.

Nye, Julie. Practical Partners: A Service Dog Research Guide. New York: Fieldstone-Hill, 2005.

Sakson, Sharon. Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs. New York: Alyson Books, 2007.

Warshauer, Sherry Bennett. Everyday Heroes: Extraordinary Dogs Among Us. New York: Howell Book House, 1998.

Personal Stories About Working Dogs:

Goldstein, Bruce. Puppy Chow Is Better than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life. New York: Da Capo, 2008.

Lingenfelter, Mike, and David Frei. The Angel by My Side: The True Story of a Dog Who Saved a Man…and a Man Who Saved a Dog. New York: Hay House, 2002.

Ogden, Paul. Chelsea: The Story of a Signal Dog. New York: Fawcett, 1993.

Therapy Dog Resources:

Butler, Kris. Therapy Dogs Today: Their Gifts, Our Obligation. Grand Rapids: Funpuddle Associates, 2004.

Davis, Kathy Diamond. Therapy Dogs: Training Your Dog to Reach Others. Grand Rapids: Dogwise, 2002.

Kruger, Katherine A., Symme W. Trachtenberg, and James A. Serpell. Can Animals Help Humans Heal? Animal-Assisted Interventions in Adolescent Mental Health. Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society, Universiy of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, July 2004. Web.

Americans with Disabilities Act Resources:

Stefan, Susan. Unequal Rights: Discrimination Against People With Mental Disabilities     and the Americans With Disabilities Act. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2001.

Breed Resources:

Hoffman, Martha. Lend Me an Ear: The Temperament, Selection and Training of the Hearing Ear Dog. Grand Rapids: Doral, 1999.

Tortora, Daniel F. Right Dog For You. New York: Fireside, 1983.

“Breed Types: What’s in a Name” by: Micky Niego (see appendix)

Selecting Canine Candidates For Working Careers DVD/CD SET by Dee Ganley and Barbara Handelman (2006)

Veteran’s Stories:

Kopelman, Jay. From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava. Skyhorse, 2003.

Kopelman, Jay. From Baghdad, With Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava. Lyons, 2008.

PTSD Resource:

Naparstek, Belleruth. Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal. New York: Bantam, 2004.

PTSD Research:

For those interested in the science behind what may be occurring, Dr. Porge’s, polyvagal theory may provide a neurophysiological explanation of how PSDs frequently inhibit feelings of anxiety and panic. (see: Porges SW.  (1995). Orienting in a defensive world: Mammalian modifications of our evolutionary heritage.  A Polyvagal Theory.  Psychophysiology 32:301-318. or for more details.)

In conclusion, those with psychiatric disabilities benefit considerably by having a service dog. Natalie Sachs-Erickson et al. noted in their study (see: Sachs-Ericsson, N. J., Hansen, N., Fitzgerald, S. (2002). Benefits of Assistance Dogs: A review. Rehabilitation Psychology, 47(3), 251–277. ) that, “ through clinical observation, anecdotal reports, and retrospective and cross-sectional studies, preliminary support was found for the conclusion that ADs (assistance dogs) have a positive impact on individuals’ health, psychological well-being, social interactions, performance of activities, and participation in various life roles at home and in the community” (2002).

For anyone interested in reading some of these studies they can find the abstracts and articles on the Delta Societies website (see:, see healthy reasons to have a pet) and the brochure “The Health Benefits of Companion Animals” provides citations and a brief summary of the research at also see safe pet guide.

Training Resources:

Ailsby, Sue. Training Levels – Steps to Success

Ailsby, Sue. The Sue Ailsby Collection – Inside the Training Levels, 2012

Aloff, Brenda. Get Connected with Your Dog. Emphasizing the Relationship While Training Your Dog. Dogwise, 2008.

Clothier, Suzanne. Bones Would Rain From the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs. Grand Rapids: Grand Central, 2002.

Dunbar, Ian. Dog Behavior: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet. New York: Howell Book House, 1999.

Fogle, Bruce. The Dog’s Mind: Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior (Howell Reference Books). New York: Howell Book House, 1992.

Ganley, Dee. Changing People Changing Dogs: Positive Solutions for Difficult Dogs. Dees Dogs, 2008.

McConnell, Patricia B., and Aimee M. Moore. Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six Week Program for You and Your Dog. McConnell, 2007.

Miller, Pat. The Power of Positive Dog Training. New York: Wiley, 2001.

Owens, Paul, and Norma Eckroate. The Dog Whisperer: A Compassionate, Nonviolent Approach to Dog Training. New York: Adams Media Corporation, 1999.

Rugaas, Turid. My Dog Pulls. What Do I Do? Grand Rapids: Dogwise, 2005.

Ryan, Terry. Coaching People to Train Their Dogs. Chicago: Legacy Canine Behavior and Training, 2005.

Stilwell, Victoria. It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet It’s Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet. New York: Hyperion, 2007.

UltimatePuppy. The Ultimate Puppy Toolkit: A Complete, Fun, Step-By-Step Guide to Raising a Happy, Well-Adjusted Dog. Premier Pet Products, 2005.

Weinberg, Dani. Teaching People Teaching Dogs. New York: Howln Moon, 2006.

Yin, Sophia A. How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves. Minneapolis: TFH Publications, 2004.

Clicker Training:

Alexander, Melissa C. Click for Joy! Questions and Answers from Clicker Trainers and Their Dogs. Waltham: Sunshine Books, 2003.

Parsons, Emma. Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog. New York: Sunshine Books, 2004.

Pryor, Karen. Clicker Training For Dogs. Waltham: Sunshine Books, 2002.

Spector, Morgan. Clicker Training for Obedience: Shaping Top Performance-Positively. Waltham: Sunshine Books, 1999.

Clicker Train Your Own Assistance Dog. Prod. Barbara Handelman. Dog Training at Home, 2004. DVD.

Ethics Resources:

Fine, Aubrey H. Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice. 1st ed. San Diego: Academic, 2000.

Fine, Aubrey H. Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy: Theoretical Foundations and Guidelines for Practice. 2nd ed. San Diego: Academic, 2006.

Iannuzzi, Dorothea and Rowan, Andrew. Ethical Issues in Animal-Assisted Therpay Programs. Anthrozoos. 4(30:154-163. 1991.

Shilstone, Riggan. Ethical Use of Assistance Dogs. The Golden Bridge: A Guide to Assistance Dogs for Children Challenged By Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities. Purdue UP, 2005. 119-28.

Stress and Canine Body Language Resources:

Aloff, Brenda. Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide – Interpreting the Native Language of the Domestic Dog. Grand Rapids: Dogwise, 2005.

Arthur, Nan Kene. Chill Out Fido!: How to Calm Your Dog. Dogwise, 2008.

Hallgren, Anders. The ABC’s of Dog Language. Dog House, 1997.

Handelman, Barbara. Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook. Woof and Word, 2008.

Williams, Marta. Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature. Chicago: New World Library, 2003.

Rugaas, Turid. Barking: The Sound of a Language. Dogwise, 2008.

Rugaas, Turid. On Talking Terms With Dogs Calming Signals. Lincolnwood: Legacy By   Mail, 1997.

Sapolsky, Robert M. Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Third Edition. New York: Holt Paperbacks, 2004.

Scholz, Martina, and Clarissa Von Reinhardt. Stress in Dogs. Grand Rapids: Dogwise, 2006.

The Human-Animal Bond and Science Resources:

Beck, Alan M. Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship. West Lafayette: Purdue UP, 1996.

Bekoff, Marc. The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter. Novato: New World Library, 2007.

Coren, Stanley. How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication. New York: Free, 2000.

Goodall, Jane, and Marc Bekoff. The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for The Animals We Love. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2002.

Grandin, Temple. Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior. New York: Scribner, 2005.

Hediger, Heini. Psychology and Behaviour of Animals in Zoos and Circuses. New York: Dover Publications, 1968.

Knapp, Caroline. Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs. Delta, 1999.

McConnell, Patricia B. For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend. New York: Ballantine Books, 2006.

McElroy, Susan Chernak. Animals as Guides for the Soul: Stories of Life-Changing Encounters. New York: Wellspring/Ballantine, 1999.

Proctor, Pam, and Allen M. Schoen. Love, Miracles, and Animal Healing: A Heartwarming Look at the Spiritual Bond Between Animals and Humans. New York: Fireside, 1996.

Schoen, Allen M. Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way we Live. New York: Broadway, 2002.

Shanley, Karen. Dogs of Dreamtime: A Story About Second Chances and the Power of Love. Guilford, Conn: Lyons, 2005.

Smith, Cheryl. The Rosetta Bone: The Key to Communication Between Humans and Canines. New York: Howell Book House, 2004.

Williams, Marta. Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature. Chicago: New World Library, 2003.

Resources for Canine Health:

American National Red Cross. Dog First Aid. Yardley: StayWell, 2007. Print.

Kay, Nancy. Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life. Trafalgar Square Books, 2008.

Messonnier, Shawn. Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats: Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements. New York: Three Rivers, 2001.

Pitcairn, Richard H., and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. Dr. Pitcairn’s New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. New York: Rodale Books, 2005.

Schwartz, Cheryl. Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs. Berkeley: Celestial Arts, 1996.

Stein, Diane. Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats. Freedom: Crossing, 1993.

Trout, Nick. Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon. Broadway, 2009.

Alternative Healing Resources:

Coates, Margrit. Hands-On Healing for Pets: The Animal Lover’s Essential Guide to Using Healing Energy. London: Rider, 2004.

Fox, Michael W. The Healing Touch: The Proven Massage Program for Cats and Dogs. New York: Newmarket, 1990.

Tellington-Jones, Linda, and Sybil Taylor. The Tellington TTouch: A Revolutionary Natural Method to Train and Care for Your Favorite Animal. New York: Penguin (Non-Classics), 1995.

Helping Children Deal With the Loss of their Animal:

Jarrat, Claudia Jewett. Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss, Revised Edition. Harvard Common, 1994.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Children and Death. New York: Scribner, 1997.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth. On Death and Dying. New York, N.Y: Simon & Schuster, 1997.

Sife, Wallace. The Loss of a Pet : New Revised and Expanded Edition. New York: Howell Book House, 1998.

Wolfelt, Alan. Helping Children Cope With Grief. Muncie: Accelerated Development, 1983.

Coping With the Death of Your Dog:

Altomare, Michele Lanci-. Good-Bye My Friend” Pet Cemeteries, Memorials, and Other Ways to Remember. New York: BowTie, 2000.

Anderson, Moira K. Coping With Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet. Loveland: Alpine Publications, 1996.

Carmack, Betty J. Grieving the Death of a Pet. New York: Augsburg Fortress, 2003.

Milani, Myrna M. Preparing for the Loss of Your Pet: Saying Goodbye with Love, Dignity, and Peace of Mind. Rocklin: Prima Pub., 1998.

Tousley, Marty. Final Farewell: Preparing for & Mourning the Loss of Your Pet. Phoenix: Our Pals Pub., 1997.

Weaver, Helen. The Daisy Sutra. New York: Buddha Rock, 2000.