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  1. Understanding why guide dogs fail to meet their predicted qualification outcomes

    Theses | Contributor(s): Daisy Jones

    Guide dogs provide life changing mobility support and companionship for thousands of blind and partially sighted people. A proportion of dogs undertaking training to be guides will not enter work due to health or temperamental reasons. This work was designed to investigate the issues associated...

  2. The Effect of Watching a Large or Small Pseudo Shelter Dog Sit on Command on College Students' Self-rated Willingness to Adopt

    Theses | Contributor(s): Vanessa Hajek

    AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF Vanessa M. Hajek for the Master of Science in Psychology presented Title: The Effect of Watching a Large or Small Pseudo Shelter Dog Sit on Command on College Students’ Self-rated Willingness to Adopt    Abstract approved: This study investigated...

  3. Examining specific aspects of human-dolphin interactions in a "swim-with-dolphins" program.

    Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Lee O'Loughlin

    Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are actively receptive towards humans, and it has been suggested that they are one of the only known wild animals that will seek out human contact (Smith, 1987). The swim-with-dolphins program at Dolphins Plus Research Center allows authorized paying customers the...

  4. Animal assisted education: intervention in children with behavioral disorders

    Theses | Contributor(s): Angela Maria Dias de Vilhena Mascarenhas

    The accomplishment of this study intends to raise the possibility and verify the feasibility of the implementation of projects / programs of Animal-Assisted Interventions / Animal-Assisted Education as a pedagogical strategy in the current educational context. In this particular case, the...

  5. An investigation into the feeding behaviour and diet selection of the domestic horse

    Theses | Contributor(s): Marie Clare Cairns

    This study sought to investigate feeding behaviour and diet selection of horses exposed to concentrate feed of differing flavours and nutrient contents in different situations. Firstly behaviour was studied in a simple choice test. The results showed that when thehorses have no previous...

  6. The Effectiveness Of Enrichment Programs For Dogs In An Animal Shelter

    Theses | Contributor(s): Pamela Perry

    Dogs (N = 108) in an animal shelter received one of four enrichment programs: twice daily walking alone (walking) or in combination with a daily fooddispensing toy (toy), a daily session of standardized human contact (petting), or daily obedience training (obedience). We evaluated the effects of...

  7. The Effects of Group-Housing on the Behavior of Domestic Cats (Felis Sylvestris Catus) in an Animal Shelter

    Theses | Contributor(s): Caroline Monk

    This study investigates the effects of group housing on the stress and behavior of domestic cats in an animal shelter. Twenty-four cats one-year of age and older were observed in the Tompkins County SPCA for three consecutive days. All behavior was continuously recorded. Density of cats in the...

  8. The knowledge, perception and utilization of equine chiropractic by horse riders in KwaZulu-Natal

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kirsten Moya Snow

    Background:  Horses are unlike most animals as they take part in equine sports and thus are athletic animals.  Comparable to a human athlete, horses are prone to sports related injuries and disease. Equine  chiropractic has shown to be one of the most utilized forms of...

  9. Prevalence Of, Risk Factors For, And Zoonotic Potential Of Giardia Spp. Infection In Cats Housed In An Animal Shelter

    Theses | Contributor(s): Stephanie Janeczko

    Giardia duodenalis is an intestinal protozoal parasite capable of causing both clinical and subclinical disease in a broad range of species, including humans and cats. The parasite has a ubiquitous distribution and infection occurs worldwide in nearly all mammals. Giardia infection in cats may...

  10. Native Dog Burials and Associated Ritual in Coastal Virginia and Beyond

    Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Fitzgerald

    The only domesticated animals on the continent, dogs held a special place among the fauna of North America. Their symbolic and ritual significance is especially evident within Late Woodland sites along the Chickahominy River where several modal patterns of dog burial are present at four sites....

  11. Horse Husbandry in Colonial Virginia: An Analysis of Probate Inventories in Relation to Environmental and Social Changes

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kimberly Peck

    Despite the vast amount of zooarchaeological research that has been done on livestock in Colonial Virginia, little is known about the role of the horse in society and the environment before the American Revolution. The image provided by the current literature on the subject is fairly general and...

  12. An investigation of the sentiments of having a dog : inspirations for the design of a toy dog

    Theses | Contributor(s): Chui Wa Yeung

    This research is aimed to develop a toy dog that provides the pleasure feelings as having a dog, the inspirations to the manufacturers for the design of toy dogs as per the findings of factors of sentiments of having dogs has been included in the investigation. The investigation was carried out...

  13. Benefits of pet therapy introduced to cardiac rehabilitation patients

    Theses | Contributor(s): Angela Joy Felker

    This study was designed to measure the beneficial effects of a pet therapy program on a population of older adult cardiac rehabilitation patients. It was hypothesized that participants who received an interactive pet therapy session would have lower blood pressure and heart rate prior to and...

  14. An Investigation of the Relationship of Wound Infection and Exposure to Household Pets: A Pilot Study

    Theses | Contributor(s): Rhodora Neu

    Statement of Problem  In most industrialized countries, pets are becoming a big part in households engaging and sharing human lifestyles. In fact, it is estimated that 14%-62% of pet owners allow their dogs and cats on their beds. However, pets can also carry and transmit pathogens to...

  15. A Manual and Curriculum for the Use of Service Dogs to Support the Social Communication, Behavior, and Academic Development of Students with Autism and Other Disabilities

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kerry Kosmicki

    The product for this project is a curriculum for using service dogs in the classroom as a catalyst for improving social communication, behavioral, and academic skills for students, with a focus upon students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This manual includes the curriculum entitled...

  16. The human-animal bond between domestically abused women and their companion animals do pets: affect a woman's decision making?

    Theses | Contributor(s): Debbie McBride

    This research will investigate the dynamics of human-perpetrated violence towards women and their companion animals. A small body of research indicates that abusers often threaten, hurt, or kill family pets as a means of coercing and controlling their female partners and women often delay...

  17. Interaction and processes of animal relinquishment: a qualitative study

    Theses | Contributor(s): Tamara Leigh Rice

    This thesis investigated the process of relinquishing a pet to the Department of Animal Control with the likely outcome of euthanasia for many of the animals left there by their owners. As euthanasia is no longer seen as an acceptable way to solve the pet over population problem those concerned...

  18. Without a home but not without a companion: an ethnographic study

    Theses | Contributor(s): Catherine M. Riley

    This study aims to explore the personal perspective of people who are homeless and their pet companions. This study examines the benefits and challenges of the homeless pet owner in Sacramento, CA. The study’s purpose is to discuss the benefits and challenges as well as further explore the...

  19. Predictors of participation in an animal-assisted activity program

    Theses | Contributor(s): Stacie Lynn Davison

    The purpose of this study was to assess the significance of demographic variables, depression, and pet attitude as predictors of willingness to participate in animal-assisted activity (AAA) programs. The final sample included 57 residents at assisted-living centers in California, most of whom...

  20. A companion animal in a simulated work setting : the roles of task difficulty and pet ownership on stress reduction

    Theses | Contributor(s): Anna Hall Stewart

    The benefits of human-animal interactions have been explored in the literature,  documenting positive physiological and psychological outcomes for humans. This  experiment sought to extend research in this area by studying three variables that have  never been examined together...