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The development of a canine para-agility program: positive affects in children with autism and in therapy dogs

By D. Pop, A. S. Rusu, V. Miresan

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Previous research has demonstrated that both children and dogs might benefit from Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA), with some factors mediating/moderating the results. The present study took these factors into consideration, by creating an AAA program consisting of two types of human-animal interactions (structured and unstructured activities), with emphasis on the encouragement of positive behaviours. Differences in the frequency of behavioural indicators of positive affects were compared between sessions, in both species (humans and dogs). The preliminary analysis of the results indicated no significant differences between the structured and unstructured sessions in regards to the behavioural indicators of positive affects in humans and dogs, concluding that children and dogs enjoyed the activities in both types of sessions. A more in-depth statistical analysis is currently being performed.

Publication Title Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca. Animal Science and Biotechnologies
Volume 73
Issue 1
Pages 66-71
ISBN/ISSN 1843-5262
Language English
Author Address Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, 1 Mihail Kogalniceanu Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.alina.rusu@ubbcluj.ro
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Autism
  4. Balkans
  5. Behavioral research
  6. Canidae
  7. Canine
  8. Carnivores
  9. Children
  10. Developed countries
  11. Dogs
  12. Europe
  13. Health care
  14. Humans
  15. Mammals
  16. Men
  17. Non-communicable diseases and injuries
  18. pathology
  19. Pets and companion animals
  20. Primates
  21. prophylaxis
  22. Psychiatry and psychology
  23. Romania
  24. Science
  25. Social psychology and social anthropology
  26. therapy
  27. vertebrates
  28. Zoology