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  1. Child-Canine Bonding in Children with ASD: Findings Within and Across Case Studies

    Contributor(s):: Kathryn Struik, John-Tyler Binfet

     The demand for support for families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to grow, and one increasingly popular avenue of support is the use of companion canines. Parents searching for service canines trained to work with children with ASD, however, face formidable...

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

    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...

  3. Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) as an Adjunctive Treatment for Eating Disorders: Exploration of AAT through the lens of Attachment and Affect Regulation

    Contributor(s):: Patricia Flaherty Fischette

    This research investigated the connection between attachment, affect regulation, eating disorders and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), a connection that has not previously been examined. The conceptual lenses for this research identified eating disorders as one of many possible examples of...

  4. The psychotherapeutic worth of horse whispering for the aggressive child

    Contributor(s):: Karin Bronkhorst

    This dissertation employs a case study research design and reviews literature from the field of animal assisted therapy (AAT) with an emphasis on equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP), as a possible therapeutic alternative for treating inappropriate aggressive behaviour in a young boy. The...

  5. Pet face: Mechanisms underlying human-animal relationships

    Contributor(s):: Borgi, Marta, Cirulli, Francesca

  6. An evaluation of pet owners' attachment style and the human-animal bond

    Contributor(s):: Pezzini, Elena

  7. Men and their dogs: A new understanding of man's best friend

    Contributor(s):: Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.

  8. A new understanding of man's best friend: A proposed contextual model for the exploration of human-animal interaction among insecurely attached males

    Contributor(s):: Blazina, Chris, O'Neil, James M., Denke, Robyn, Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.

  9. Neurobiological underpinnings of dogs’ human-like social competence: How interactions between stress response systems and oxytocin mediate dogs’ social skills

    Contributor(s):: Buttner, Alicia Phillips

  10. Exploring the existence and potential underpinnings of dog–human and horse–human attachment bonds

    Contributor(s):: Payne, Elyssa, DeAraugo, Jodi, Bennett, Pauleen, McGreevy, Paul

  11. Contribution of the patient-horse relationship to substance use disorder treatment: Patients’ experiences

    Contributor(s):: Kern-Godal, Ann, Brenna, Ida H., Kogstad, Norunn, Arnevik, Espen A., Ravndal, Edle

  12. Exploring the existence and potential underpinnings of dog-human and horse-human attachment bonds

    Contributor(s):: Payne, E., DeAraugo, J., Bennett, P., McGreevy, P.

  13. Human-Animal Bonds I: The Relational Significance of Companion Animals

    Contributor(s):: Walsh, Froma

  14. Oxytocin blocks pet dog (Canis familiaris) object choice task performance being predicted by owner-perceived intelligence and owner attachment

    Contributor(s):: Jessica Lee Oliva, Jean-Loup Rault, Belinda Appleton, Alan Lill

    A positive association has been found between owner-rated dog cognition and owner-perceived closeness to their dog, using the Perceptions of Dog Intelligence and Cognitive Skills (PoDIaCS) survey and the Monash Dog Owner Relationship Scale (MDORS). Oxytocin has been positively associated with...

  15. Does cat attachment have an effect on human health? A comparison between owners and volunteers

    Contributor(s):: Filipa Alexandra Benchimol da Silva Garcia Dinis, Thais Lima Fernandes Martins

    Cat owners and volunteers from a rehoming centre were given the Lexington Attachment to Pet Scale (LAPS) questionnaire to assess their level of attachment to their own or rescue cats. In addition, heart rate and blood pressure were measured 10 minutes before, during, and after spending time with...

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

    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)...

  17. Human-Animal Bonds I: The Relational Significance of Companion Animals

    Contributor(s):: Walsh, Froma

  18. An Exploration of Clinicians' Use of Canine-Assisted Therapy with Child and Adolescent Clients

    Contributor(s):: Galonski, Lauren

  19. Assessment of attachment behaviour to human caregivers in wolf pups (Canis lupus lupus)

    Contributor(s):: Nathaniel J. Hall, Kathryn Lord, Anne-Marie K. Arnold, Clive D.L. Wynne, Monique Udell

    Previous research suggested that 16-week old dog pups, but not wolf pups, show attachment behaviour to a human caregiver. Attachment to a caregiver in dog pups has been demonstrated by differential responding to a caregiver compared to a stranger in the Ainsworth Strange Situation Test. We show...

  20. The horse as co-therapist in facilitating adolescent attachments

    Contributor(s):: John Charles Rayment

    This thesis integrates knowledge from four theoretical strands, classical attachment theory, the attachment disorder and treatment literature, neurological research, and animal assisted therapy. Explored first is how understandings of classical attachment theory have shaped treatment...