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ENG 111 - Writing and Inquiry: Fox and Service Dogs

This course is designed to develop the ability to produce clear writing in a variety of genres and formats using a recursive process. Emphasis includes inquiry, analysis, effective use of rhetorical strategies, thesis development, audience awareness, and

Prison Dogs

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Find Your Topic

Before you start searching for sources, you need a clearer idea of what you want to find. Here's how:

  1. The table below is the TOPIC brainstorm. Under a column list words related to the category about your topic. Include relevant synonyms.
  2. Circle ideas that work well together. Do this multiple times to create different research topic choices.
  3. Choose one of the research topic choices to find sources for.
  4. See an example.

Here is a worksheet you can print.



People or Places





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Think about your keywords

  • "prison dogs"
  • dogs AND prisons AND PTSD
  • dogs AND veterans
  • prisoners AND dogs

picture of labrador puppy


Other Topics

Fishkill Correctional Facility


Social Skills and Pets

Labrador Retrievers


Resources from RCCC


Helping War Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Incarcerated Individuals' Role in Therapeutic Animal Programs (Journal article)

Furst, GenniferJournal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services; Thorofare Vol. 54, Iss. 5,  (May 2016): 49-57.

A grassroots movement of nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations is creating programs in which incarcerated individuals train rescued shelter dogs as therapeutic canines for Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Prison pups help veterans with PTSD (Newspaper article)

Hatch, Joshua. Asbury Park Press; Asbury Park, N.J. [Asbury Park, N.J.] 11 Nov 2009.

Since 1997, when former youth services official Gloria Gilbert Stoga read about a similar program and decided to copy it, Puppies Behind Bars has run 600 puppies through the program and placed about 350 into working service. The program, in six prisons in three states, relies on breeders to provide Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers.


Dogs on the Inside (Streaming Video)

Abused Dogs and Prison Inmates Healing

Dogs on the inside follows the relationships between abused dogs and prison inmates working towards a second chance. In an attempt to re-build their confidence and prepare for a new life, these prisoners must learn to handle and care for a group of neglected strays.


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