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  1. The Effects of Tactile and Indirect Contact with Dogs in a College Population

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kalina Welch

    To assess how physiological stress response is affected by human-canine interactions, one hundred-thirty (n=130) Carroll College students in Helena, Montana participated in trials designed to measure blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, and galvanic skin response (GSR) in low- and...

  2. Effect of Dog Ownership on Mental Health Disorders and Quality of Life in Veterans

    Theses | Contributor(s): Kristoffer Rehder

    Approximately 1 in 5 returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Tanielian & Jaycox, 2008), and 22 percent of veterans suffering from PTSD also report symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Mental health disorders such as...

  3. Using Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) to Examine the Effects of Equine Assisted Activities on the Personal and Professional Development of Student Therapists

    Theses | Contributor(s): Dianna Isabel Giraldez

    The Introduction to Equine Assisted Family Therapy course offered at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) provides Master’s and Doctoral level student therapists the opportunity to learn how to conduct an equine session and how to utilize horses as part of the therapeutic process. Students...

  4. Outcomes in language and social skills as seen in children with autism and developmental disabilities participating in equine assisted activities

    Theses | Contributor(s): Megan Koenigseder

    Individuals with developmental disabilities commonly present characteristics that include deficits in social and communicative abilities. A number of intervention strategies have been implemented, but none have proven to be most effective. A somewhat novel approach known as equine assisted...

  5. Therapeutic Horseback Riding With Military Veterans: Perspectives of Riders, Instructors, and Volunteers

    Theses | Contributor(s): Leslie LaFleur

    Statistics reveal that over 353,000 military members have been diagnosed with PTSD and/or TBI resulting from war-related activities. With the rising number of war stress injuries, there have not been enough psychotherapeutic services to meet the current demand for the care of returning veterans...

  6. Canine-Assisted Therapies Among U.S. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Integrative Review of The Literature

    Theses | Contributor(s): Olivia A. Kondos

    A sizeable number of U.S. veterans of all ages experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can impact their quality of life; physically, mentally and socially. Consequences of PTSD are associated with physical and emotional disabilities, including ideation of self-harm and even...

  7. Depression, loneliness, and pet attachment in homebound older adult cat and dog owners

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sandy M. Branson, Lisa Boss, Stanley Cron, Dennis C. Turner

    Background: Companion animals may reduce depression and loneliness in socially isolated homebound older adults. However, whether owning a cat or dog is more beneficial in this population remains unknown.Materials and Methods: Pet attachment and the levels of depressive symptoms and loneliness...

  8. Pawsitive Dog Prison Pup

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    Pawsitive Dog Prison Training Program is a cooperative effort between the Airway Heights Correctional Center, SpokAnimal, and Diamonds in the Ruff. Offender handlers train shelter dogs to make them more adoptable under the guidance of professional dog trainers Kim Imel, CPDT-KA and Carol Byrnes,...

  9. Marley's Miracle Mutts

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    Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization (30-0636031) that is concentrated on saving the lives of Kern County's incarcerated canines. Kern County's shelters are bursting at the seams and register some of the highest euthanasia rates in the country....

  10. DLB Ranch, Inc

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    Equine Assisted Therapy (EAP/EAT) offers many benefits to individuals, groups and families that specifically address mental, emotional and behavioral issues.  An EAP/EAT session is designed to address mental health and human development issues quickly, directly and effectively coordinated...

  11. Island Dolphin Care

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    Provides unique, therapeutic, motivational and educational dolphin assisted therapy programs for children and adults with special needs and their families (and/or caregivers) through the use of innovative therapy techniques, which enables participants to discover and achieve desired goals,...

  12. 4 Paws 4 Patriots

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    A non-profit organization established to provide service dogs and training to disabled veterans at no cost to the veteran. By partnering with animal shelters, rescues, volunteers and contract trainers the staff at 4 Paws 4 Patriots is able to provide these life changing services while making the...

  13. Therapy Dogs, Singapore

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    A non­-profit voluntary welfare group committed to reaching out to society’s disadvantaged through pet-­assisted therapy.During regular sessions with beneficiaries, members and their canine companions work to meet physical, social and ­emotional needs.

  14. The H.O.P.E. Project

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    (Healing Our Patriots with Equines)The HOPE Project uses rescued horses to help bring hope to our Heroes who may have been injured physically or emotionally.

  15. White Blood Cell Counts, Parasite Prevalence, and Plasma Cortisol Levels of Dogs in a County Animal Shelter: Changes over Days and Impact of a Program of Repeated Human Interaction

    Theses | Contributor(s): Emily S. Dudley

    Animal shelter housing is highly stressful for a dog, compromising welfare and leading to undesirable behaviors and unknown health consequences. We documented the changes in circulating numbers of white blood cells, plasma cortisol, and fecal parasite shedding of dogs housed for 10 days at a...

  16. Pig Age and Approachability Behavior to a Human Observer

    Reports | Contributor(s): Shawna Weimar, Anna K. Johnson, Kenneth J. Stalder, Locke A. Karriker, Thomas Fangman

    The objective of this experiment was to determine if nursery pig age affected how many pigs touched and orientated to a human, or were classified as not-orientated during a human-animal interaction test using live human observation and digital image collection methodology. A complete randomized...

  17. Here's Why Your Dog Might Not Be As Cute As You Think

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Harold Herzog

    I always thought our yellow lab Tsali was the cutest dog in our neighborhood. But a study by Pauleen Bennett's Australian Anthrozoology Research Group at La Trobe University has given me second thoughts. The lead author of the study was Pinar Thorn. The researchers investigated attachment to...

  18. Say "Neigh" to Abuse: On the Treatment of Horses and Mules in the Civil War

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Anika N. Jensen

    The stuffed head of Old Baldy, General George Meade’s favorite horse, can be found mounted on the wall of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum in Philadelphia. General Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveler, received gifts and international adoration even after the war’s end, and...

  19. イルカ介在療法のこれまでとこれから

    Reports | Contributor(s): Maya Kadota, Tadamichi Morisaka, Kazunobu Furuta, Naoki Kamezaki, Dai Oya

    動物は,人の生活のいたるところに存在して いる。歴史的にもその関係は非常に深く,紀元 前一万年前の旧石器時代に描かれたというスペ イン,アルタミラ洞窟の野牛,馬,トナカイな どの壁画などからうかがい知れる。人にとって 動物は食べ物としての存在や生活を脅かす存在 であったが,歴史が進むにつれ,より多くの関 わりをもつようになる。信仰としての対象,愛 玩としての対象,家畜としての対象,生活を補 助する道具としての対象などである。

  20. Washington 4-H dog obedience project (phase 1)

    Pamphlets | Contributor(s): James E. Havens, Lynn Lucas Jones

    A well-trained, obedient dog is a source of pride and satisfaction. A good dog is more likely to find acceptance by neighbors in the community. A disobedient, uncontrolled dog can be a worry and a concern. He can be a liability to his owner as we 11 as a nuisance to the neighbors.Training in...