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  1. Review of Steve Stewart-Williams’s The Ape That Understood the Universe: How the Mind and Culture Evolve

    2018Human Nature : An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective294464-46710456767Springer Science & Business MediaNew Yorkhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12110-018-9329-zEnglishDepartment of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA ; Department of Anthropology,...

  2. Enactive Anthrozoology: toward an integrative theoretical model for understanding the therapeutic relationships between humans and animals

    Contributor(s): Verheggen, T., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Eshuis, J.

    Anthrozoology continues to advance forward in research and in professionalization of animal assisted interventions. What the discipline is still lacking, however, is a unified theoretical framework "explaining how and why relationships between humans and animals are potentially therapeutic"...

  3. The effect of therapy dogs on exam stress and memory

    Contributor(s): Trammell, J. P.

    Therapy dogs have been shown in many different situations to reduce stress and improve outcomes, but their effects on academic performance are unknown. I hypothesized that interaction with therapy dogs prior to exams would reduce stress in students and improve exam scores. In study 1,...

  4. The veterinarian's professional role in Animal Assisted TherapyO papel profissional do medico-veterinario na atividade de Terapia Assistida por Animais (TAA)

    Contributor(s): Silva, N. C. da

    Animal-assisted therapy is one of the innumerable interactions between humans and animals. This relationship consists on using animals as co-therapists that help patients evolve positively their physical, emotional, and social states. This study aims to emphasize the need and importance of...

  5. Behavioral testing in puppies as working dogs: a mini-review

    Contributor(s): Rufo, J. G.

    This review will focus on the behavioral study of puppies with the aim of determining their characteristics as suitable working dogs. In search of a standardisation, some examples of material and methodological aspects of behavioral testing in puppies have been also collected. In puppy testing,...

  6. Oxidative stress and food supplementation with antioxidants in therapy dogs

    Contributor(s): Sechi, S.

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the ability of a long-term antioxidant-supplemented diet to regulate the oxidative stress and general health status of dogs involved in animal-assisted intervention (AAI) programs. Oxidative stress is a consequence of the accumulation of reactive oxygen...

  7. Canine parasitic zoonoses in India: status and issues

    Contributor(s): Sharma, R.

    Dogs play valuable roles in human society. In addition to serving as pets and companions, dogs have also been important in hunting and, in recent times, as therapy animals. In India, the number of pet dogs is estimated to be around 5 million. The stray dog population in India is estimated to be...

  8. Feasibility study of inertial sensor technology on ponies for equine-assisted therapy (EAT)

    Contributor(s): Peansukmanee, S.

    Ponies used in equine-assisted therapy (EAT) (hippotherapy) often carry imbalanced riders, which is a cause for concern as regards the health of the ponies. A low degree of lameness or an abnormal gait is not always detectable by a veterinarian, subjectively, but this is enabled by using a motion...

  9. The present and perspective of hippotherapy in Bihor

    Contributor(s): Pavel, F.

    Hippo-therapy is a special world that unites horses, persons with disabilities, children and adults, volunteers and professionals from the medical, psychological and educational field. In hippotherapy the lives of everyone involved are improved. Horse riding for people with special needs is known...

  10. Stress level evaluation in a dog during animal-assisted therapy in pediatric surgery

    Contributor(s): Palestrini, C., Calcaterra, V., Cannas, S., Talamonti, Z., Papotti, F., Buttram, D., Pelizzo, G.

    Animal-assisted interventions are associated with positive effects on human psychological and physiological health. Although quality standards in animal-assisted interventions appear to be high, only few investigations have focused on potential welfare implications in therapy dogs. In the present...

  11. Research on hippotherapy effects in children with disabilities

    Contributor(s): marchis, Z.

    This paper presents a study on the interaction of children with special needs and horses, which attempts to demonstrate the effects of hippotherapy in helping children with disabilities. The research was conducted on a group of 20 children with disabilities who participated in this type of...

  12. Who is interested in animal-assisted therapy (AAT)? Features of future psychotherapists and psychologists

    Contributor(s): Lutzky-Cohen, N., Schneider, M.

    Previous research has established benefits to incorporating AAT in psychotherapy (e.g., Chandler, 2012). A growing interest in animal-assisted therapy (AAT) among mental healthcare practitioners (Rossetti & King, 2010) warrants a deeper investigation into the features of future psychotherapists...

  13. Patient benefit of dog-assisted interventions in health care: a systematic review

    Contributor(s): Lundqvist, M., Carlsson, P., Sjodahl, R., Theodorsson, E.

    Background: Dogs are the most common companion animal, and therefore not surprisingly a popular choice for animal-assisted interventions. Dog-assisted interventions are increasingly used in healthcare. The aim of the review was to conduct a systematic literature review of quantitative studies on...

  14. Animal-assisted interventions: a national survey of health and safety policies in hospitals, eldercare facilities, and therapy animal organizations

    Contributor(s): Linder, D. E., Siebens, H. C., Mueller, M. K., Gibbs, D. M., Freeman, L. M.

    Background Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) programs are increasing in popularity, but it is unknown to what extent therapy animal organizations that provide AAI and the hospitals and eldercare facilities they work with implement effective animal health and safety policies to ensure safety of...

  15. Animal-Assisted therapy in the treatment of substance use disorders: a systematic mixed methods review

    Contributor(s): Klemetsen, M. G., Lindstrom, T. C.

    There is a need for evidence-based interventions that can contribute to more positive treatment outcomes for substance use disorders. Animal-assisted therapy is a supplementary intervention in which certified animals are used in a structured and goal directed manner in the treatment of various...

  16. Neuromuscular blockade and inspiratory breath hold during stereotactic body radiation therapy for treatment of heart base tumors in four dogs

    Contributor(s): Kelsey, K. L.

    CASE DESCRIPTION: 4 dogs were examined because of pleural effusion and ventricular tachycardia, coughing and supraventricular tachycardia, appendicular osteosarcoma, and syncopal episodes. CLINICAL FINDINGS: In all 4 dogs, a heart base tumor was identified by means of thoracic CT. TREATMENT AND...

  17. Animal-assisted therapy in the view of staff members before and after implementation in a rehabilitation clinic

    Contributor(s): Hediger, K., Hund-Georgiadis, M.

    Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a method that is used with increasing frequency for patients with various problems in many rehabilitation programs. The success of such programs often depends on staff members' attitudes. However, there is little data investigating staff concerns about...

  18. Canine-assisted therapies in autism: a systematic review of published studies relevant to recreational therapy

    Contributor(s): Hallyburton, A.

    Recreational therapists and other helping professionals have used animal-assisted therapies in the treatment of multiple psychological and physical issues. In the case of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), animals have helped with issues ranging from social interaction, to anxiety,...

  19. Temperament test for donkeys to be used in assisted therapy

    Contributor(s): Gonzalez-De Cara, C. A.

    Donkeys are used in animal-assisted therapy (AT) for mental disorders or motor disabilities in elderly people and children, but tests for selecting donkeys for AT have not been studied. The aim of this work was to characterize donkey's reaction to sensory (tactile and sound) and temperament...

  20. The buffer effect of therapy dog exposure on stress reactivity in undergraduate students

    Contributor(s): Fiocco, A. J., Hunse, A. M.

    Stress is an insidious health risk that is commonly reported among university students. While research suggests that dog exposure may facilitate recovery from a stress response, little is known about the buffer effect of dog exposure on the stress response to a future stressor. This study...