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  1. Using a dog demography field study to inform the development of an agent-based computer simulation. Evaluating owned dog population control interventions in a small, semi-urban community in Mexico

    Theses | Contributor(s): Luz Maria Kisiel

    This thesis evaluates the potential effects of different dog population control interventions in a small, semi-urban community in Mexico. First, a cross-sectional study was conducted to characterize dog ecology and demography in Villa de Tezontepec, Hidalgo. Approximately 65% of the households...

  2. Comfort of Animals: Effects of An Animal's Presence on Stress

    Theses | Contributor(s): Melanie R. Gillan

  3. Koira auttaa toimimaan : Integroitu systemaattinen kirjallisuuskatsaus koiran kanssa toimimisen vaikutuksesta ihmisen toimijuuteen

    Theses | Contributor(s): Laura Kymäläinen, Sini Lehtinen

    Eläimen ja ihmisen välistä suhdetta ja eläinavusteista toimintaa ja terapiaa kohtaan on nähtävillä lisääntyvää kiinnostusta ja se näkyy 2000 – luvulla ilmestyneiden tutkimusten, opinnäytetöiden ja pro gradujen...

  4. An Equine-Facilitated Prison-Based Program: Human-Horse Relations And Effects On Inmate Emotions And Behaviors

    Theses | Contributor(s): Keren Bachi

    Policy makers and correctional authorities are seeking ways to enhance effectiveness of incarceration and reduce recidivism. Equine-facilitated prison-based vocational programs aim to rehabilitate inmates. Informed by the theories of attachment and desistance, this study evaluates the emotional...

  5. Development and evaluation of a canine and feline welfare assessment tool for use in companion animal veterinary clinics

    Theses | Contributor(s): Lauren Carly Dawson

    This thesis was conducted to investigate canine and feline welfare in relation to veterinary care through the development and evaluation of a welfare assessment tool for veterinary clinics. Through a multi-stage survey, 78 animal welfare researchers, veterinarians with an expertise in animal...

  6. The Effect of Dog Interaction through Therapy Trained Animals or Harrisonburg-Rockingham SPCA Volunteering on High Achieving First Year College Student Adjustment Period

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kamille L. Aiello

    Transitioning to college is a big change. A change that can be life altering for some students, especially when they realize that transitioning to college also means leaving their beloved companion at home. This research study proposes an Animal Assisted Activity intervention for high achieving...

  7. Sosiaalipedagoginen hevostoiminta : opas sosiaalipedagogisesta hevostoiminnasta

    Theses | Contributor(s): Pia Leppälahti, Nina Nicol, Heidi Rietz-Korpela, Heidi Svanström

    Sosiaalipedagoginen hevostoiminta on laaja-alaisesti kuntouttavaa ja kokonaisvaltaisesti henkistä hyvinvointia lisäävää toimintaa. Toiminnan perusteeksi tehdään aina yksilöllinen suunnitelma, jonka pohjalta toiminta on tavoitteellista....

  8. Cognition and the Development of Social Cognition in the Domestic Dog (Canis Lupus Familiaris)

    Theses | Contributor(s): Camille Ward

    We examined cognition and the development of social cognition in domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) with three studies. Study one focused on numerical competence in dogs and studies two and three addressed the development of social relationships among littermates. In the first study, we...

  9. Liminal spaces : therapeutic encounters between horses and adolecents

    Theses | Contributor(s): Stephanie Terre Blanche

    In this study, the intersections between Equine Assisted Psychotherapeutic interventions and adolescence are explored. Equine Assisted therapeutic work has recently gained much popularity in the field of psychology, due to many reported benefits, which include the value of the use of the horse...

  10. Mitä on alpakkaterapia : toimintaterapeutin näkökulma

    Theses | Contributor(s): Tiia Hagman

    Opinnäytetyön aiheena on selventää tapaustutkimuksen avulla, mitä alpakkaterapia käytännössä on. Valmis työ luovutetaan alpakoita kasvattavan Lumotarhan käyttöön. Tutkimus suoritettiin haastattelemalla toimintaterapeutti Joyce...

  11. Beliefs About Animal Assisted Interventions Among Medical Social Workers

    Theses | Contributor(s): Gyda D. Boyd

    Animal‑Assisted Intervention (AAI) is used to significantly reduce pain, lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety, and help ease depression in people with a range of health problems; however, it is not readily used in the hospital setting. Research involving the Human‑Animal Bond (HAB) is well...

  12. Husbandry practices and mitigation of human-carnivore conflicts : a case of the Maasai Steppe, Tanzania.

    Theses | Contributor(s): Ifura Godfrey Ukio

    Biodiversity losses are often influenced by humans due to increased demand over natural resources and retaliatory killing of wildlife as a result of human–wildlife conflicts. Large carnivores are in decline globally due to the current human–carnivore conflicts. This study was...

  13. Eläimet työhyvinvoinnin tukena : palvelumalli eläinavusteiseen työskentelyyn

    Theses | Contributor(s): Pauliina Mielonen

    Tämä opinnäytetyö toteutui työelämälähtöisenä tutkimuksellisena kehittämishankkeena, jonka tavoitteena oli tuottaa Finla Työterveys Oy:lle työhyvinvointia tukeva palvelumalli eläinavusteiseen työskentelyyn. Tarkoituksena...

  14. Student Perceptions of Introducing a Service-Dog-in-Training Program at Eastern Kentucky University

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kara Worley

    For centuries, dogs have been utilized for therapeutic purposes, as pets, and as highly trained service animals. Past research has focused specifically on the benefits associated with utilizing service dogs, especially for people with disabilities and veterans. 4 Paws for Ability is an...

  15. Where the Wild Horses Roam: The Cross-Cultural Debate over the Fate of Wild Horses on Yakama Tribal Lands

    Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Smith

    The horse has been recognized as an integral part of the Yakama people‘s culture for the better part of the last two centuries. However, in recent decades, the wild horse population on Yakama tribal lands has significantly increased, leading to a polarizing debate over their management....

  16. Biophilia: the Therapeutic Value of Animals in the Treatment of Depression

    Theses | Contributor(s): Christian Antonioli

    Background: To date there has been limited evidence on the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This thesis comprises two studies: A randomized, single blind, controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of animal facilitated therapy (AFT) in the treatment of depression (study...

  17. Hännänheilahduksia : koira-avusteisen työskentelyn pilottiprojekti Turun kaupungin ympärivuorokautisessa hoidossa olevien vanhusten parissa

    Theses | Contributor(s): Johanna Lundén

    Kehittämistyön tarkoituksena oli seurata ja dokumentoida Turun kaupungin vanhusten ympärivuorokautisen hoidon yksiköissä toteutettavaa koira-avusteisen työskentelyn pilottiprojektia helmikuusta syyskuuhun 2012. Projekti tukee Green care ideologian...

  18. The Healing Properties of Nature and Animals

    Theses | Contributor(s): Ravmeet Ruby Bains

    The following piece is intended to enlighten readers on alternative healing modalities as a substitute for traditional therapeutic interventions. The study reviews wide-ranging literature on ecotherapy and animal-assisted therapy. The objective is not to compare well-known therapies, such as...

  19. Wildlife viewing and ecotourism : ethical, scientific, and value-based considerations

    Theses | Contributor(s): Anton D. Pitts

    Management of wildlife viewing tourism, possibly as a legacy of management of hunting and trapping activities, tends to see its ultimate goal largely in terms of the sustainable human use of wildlife resources. However, where the potential impacts of human activities are non-lethal, the focus on...

  20. Helado para perros. Postre para mascotas : desarrollado bajo los parámetros actuales de nutrición y palatabilidad canina

    Theses | Contributor(s): Gabriel Oswaldo Alonso Cuéllar, Jorge Eliecer Rodríguez Ordoñez

    La relación entre perros y humanos ha evolucionado ampliamente, esto ha generado un fenó-meno de antropomorfización que hace que asumamos actitudes frente a los animales como si és-tos fueran seres humanos. Entre otros inconvenientes, esto ocasiona que los animales se...