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  1. The Development of Animal Welfare in Finland and How People Perceive Animal Welfare : Case Study: Animals in Tourism: Zoos

    Theses | Contributor(s): Suvi Laatu

    The aim of the thesis was to study how Finnish people perceive animal welfare in general and how they feel about animals in tourism purposes, more specifically in zoos. The thesis also contains information about Finnish animal legislation and how animal welfare has developed over time. The...

  2. One-dog policy

    Theses | Contributor(s): Maija Astikainen

    The thesis One-Dog Policy consists of production and written parts. The thesis discusses pet dogs and the side effects of dog keeping, like decorating and dyeing dogs. The principle idea is that the dog is seen as a human-like creature. The thesis approaches images of dogs on the basis of...

  3. Conservation, Captivity, and Whaling: A Survey of Belize Whalewatching Tourists' Attitudes to Cetacean Conservation Issues

    Theses | Contributor(s): Katheryn W. Patterson

    With whalewatching activities and associated expenditures increasing annually,  governments in coastal countries possess a large vested interest in the continued growth  and protection of whale populations and the associated tourism. In 2007 and 2008, a  survey investigating...

  4. Public Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions Towards Dolphins and Dolphin Conservation

    Theses | Contributor(s): Whitney Denham

    In 2015, an online survey was conducted to investigate public attitudes toward key  cetacean (whale, dolphin, and porpoise) conservation and 'hot topic' issues such as  legislative protection, whaling, and captivity (n=858). Importance of the use of social  media by...

  5. Back Yard Memories

    Theses | Contributor(s): Lowell L. Getz

    Memories of the pet dogs now buried in our back yard. Brief accounts dealing with what each of the six pet dogs meant to us.

  6. Effects of equine therapy on malalignment-generated patellofemoral syndrome: targeting the vastus medialis obliques

    Theses | Contributor(s): Karen Ann Hayson

    At the onset of this project, a key point to keep in mind is that animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is regarded as still being in an early stage of professional development. This has a profound impact on its current research status. Animal-assisted therapy, as defined by the Delta Society, a...

  7. Do domestic dogs recognize emotional incongruence in human faces and voices?

    Theses | Contributor(s): Allison Hagley

    Dogs have had a close relationship with humans for more than 10,000 years, but the effects of artificial selection on canine cognition are only recently being studied. Studies have confirmed the beliefs of pet owners – dogs recognize human faces and voices – and that dogs are...

  8. Educational Value of Human-Animal Interactions

    Theses | Contributor(s): Sara Adamczak

    Human-animal interactions are inherently multi-disciplinary. However, the influence of human-animal interactions on academic achievement has yet to be evaluated in the literature. Although it has been suggested that animals influence the development of human intelligence (Shepard, 1978), this...

  9. A systematic mapping review of animal-assisted therapies for adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias : implications for occupational therapy

    Theses | Contributor(s): Michelle Rose

    The objective of this thesis was to map the current state of knowledge of animal-assisted therapies (AAT) for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and to derive implications for occupational therapy in addressing dementia-specific quality of life (QoL). This study...

  10. Evaluating the role of citizen science in the context of human-wildlife conflict management

    Theses | Contributor(s): Morgan Adams

        This thesis presents two manuscripts that explored the potential of citizen science programs to be utilized in urban centers that are experiencing heightened rates of human-wildlife conflict (HWC). In particular, we focused on human-coyote conflicts, which are an emerging...

  11. Applying social science to inform conservation solutions regarding owned outdoor cats in urbanizing landscapes

    Theses | Contributor(s): Ashley Gramza

    Free-ranging domestic cats (Felis catus) incur and impose risks on ecosystems and represent a complex issue of critical importance to wildlife conservation and domestic cat and human health. There is an inherent social dimension to the issue of owned free-ranging cats, as humans are their...

  12. Functions of pets for young children

    Theses | Contributor(s): Dorothy C. Payne Mock

    The role or function that dogs and cats fulfill as pets in families with preschool-age children was examined in terms of pet prevalence, their relationship to animal fears, and their association with imaginary companions. The sample consisted of 37 children, three years nine months to five years...

  13. The impacts of urbanization on endangered florida key deer

    Theses | Contributor(s): Patricia Moody Harveson

    Conservation of native wildlife is becoming increasingly difficult due to continued human population growth and expansion. As the human population continues to increase, so does the rate of consumption of our natural resources. As competition for resources between man and wildlife continues, it...

  14. Population dynamics and management of free-roaming cats

    Theses | Contributor(s): Paige McGee Hill

    With an estimated 400 million domestic cats worldwide, free-roaming cats issues are of global importance due to animal welfare and public health concerns, as well as impacts on native wildlife through predation, competition and disease transmission. Though these impacts have been well...

  15. The effects of demographics and pet ownership on attachment towards and opinion about owned and unowned free-roaming cats

    Theses | Contributor(s): Melanie Elaine Ramon

    A telephone questionnaire was developed to collect information on pet owners, cat ownership patterns, and people's opinions about homeless pets. A 7-day observation log was also developed to gather information about free-roaming cats in Caldwell, TX. The objectives of this research were: (1)...

  16. Dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) behavior and human interactions: implications for tourism and aquaculture

    Theses | Contributor(s): Nicholas Matthew Thomson Duprey

    Interactions between humans and dusky dolphins in the coastal waters of New Zealand are increasing. My research focused on tourism interactions, with Kaikoura as the study site; and, on habitat use in an active aquaculture area, with Admiralty Bay as the study site. In Kaikoura, companies...

  17. Effectiveness of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    Theses | Contributor(s): Maria Beatriz Craven

    Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is a non-traditional form of psychotherapy that addresses treatment goals with the use of horses. This small pilot study consisting of 5 veterans examines the effectiveness of EAP in the treatment of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The...

  18. Commodifying Fido: pets as status symbols

    Theses | Contributor(s): April Plemons

    How are pets being used as status symbols to display social position and wealth? This paper seeks to theoretically examine pet owners and their use of animals to convey a message of social status, position and wealth. This will be done through an application of theoretical constructs by Veblen,...

  19. The effect of pet ownership/attachment on the stress level of multiple sclerosis patients

    Theses | Contributor(s): Ashley Marie Loven

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common demyelinating disease affecting the central nervous system. Over 80% of MS patients are in the relapsing remitting stage. Symptoms range from fever, fatigue, emotional distress, tingling, numbness, optic neuritis, spasticity, muscle weakness, impaired...

  20. Effects of a standardized obedience program on approachability and problem behaviors in dogs from rescue shelters

    Theses | Contributor(s): Lauren Denise Hays

    Improved adoptability is a common goal among rescue shelters. Dogs are more likely to be adopted if they are friendly, mannerly, and approachable. The possibility of improving rescue shelter dogs' behavior through an obedience program has not been examined. We developed an approachability...