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Feature Story: Therapy dogs bring relief for stressed-out students
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Contributor(s):: Costa Maragos
Dogs can bring great comfort to people dealing with stress. Now research shows there are many therapeutic benefits to bringing therapy dogs to university campuses to help stressed-out students, particularly during final exam time. “We found that dogs offer students love and support. This is...
Comfort of Animals: Effects of An Animal's Presence on Stress
Contributor(s):: Melanie R. Gillan
Will Animal Assisted Therapy Result in Shorter Length of Stay for Hospitalized Patients and Improve Basic Needs Status and Physical Outcomes Such as Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Pain?
Contributor(s):: Mary Lynn Zaremba
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been thought to have a therapeutic effect upon humans, especially those individuals who are confined due to age or illness. Human-animal contact encourages socialization for the lonely; it promotes movement in the relatively immobile, and may serve as a memory...
K9th Circuit Program
The need for trauma sensitive courts is being recognized in courts throughout the nation. This need is clearly evident when children become involved in the court system as victims of abuse. To address this need, the Ninth Judicial Circuit established the K9th Circuit Program. The program,...
Artwork for Animals: Gina Anderson at TEDxWindham
Contributor(s):: Gina Anderson
Creating artwork for animals is a dynamic new idea to comfort our pets and express our feelings for them in a way they can appreciate.After twenty years as a human factors engineer, Gina Anderson is now taking her knowledge of how people interact with technology and applying it to her work as a...
Where to Put Your Choker
Contributor(s):: Roger A. Mugford
The choke chain has come to be regarded as an indispensable aid to training dogs, but even the most time-hallowed practices deserve an occasional critical review. The author has recently completed an investigation into the uses and abuses of choke chains, and failed to find any benefit from using...
The Influence of Pet Gender and Instructors' Gender on Students' Perception of Comfort and Approachability to Pet-Owning Professors
Contributor(s):: Douglas James Anastasia
College students may psychologically benefit from the presence of a pet dog in a professor's office, while instructors may be perceived as more approachable to their student body simply by having their pet dog present. Research indicates that people are sometimes perceived more positively...
University of Denver: Philip Tedeschi at TEDxDU
Our pets are our family. Phil (and friend Samantha) share new insights into the importance of animals as sources of comfort and aid to people suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and other life issues.
Comfort Only a Canine Companion Can Provide: An Interview with Stephanie Perkins
04 Aug 2015 |
Posted by Katie Carroll
Testifying in court is often nerve-wracking and distressing for people. However, when a child victim is asked to testify about a sexual abuse case, a whole new level of anxiety is present....
Physiological, physical and behavioural changes in dogs (Canis familiaris) when kennelled: testing the vailidity of stress parameters
Contributor(s):: Cherie Elizabeth Part, Jenna L Kiddie, William Hayes, Daniel Mills, Rachel F Neville, David B Morton, Lisa M Collins
Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) housed in kennelling establishments are considered at risk of suffering poor welfare. Previous research supporting this hypothesis has typically used cortisol:creatinine ratios (C/Cr) to measure acute and chronic stress in kennelled dogs. However, the value of...
Ottawa Therapy Dogs Inc.
Ottawa Therapy Dogs is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that provides animal-assisted therapy throughout the National Capital Region. Each year, more than 1,000 people benefit from our therapy dog programs and services.
Compassionate Paws Inc.
Compassionate Paws, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to placing specially trained service dogs to provide safety and comfort for individuals living with the effects of Autism and the families that love them so dearly.
Comfort dogs at 2014 Boston Marathon
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Boston Magazine and Dogtime.com report that the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs had a team available at the Boston Marathon yesterday. The group has had the canines available several...
Canines in the Courtroom
| Contributor(s):: Debra S. Hart-Cohen
This article discusses the growing interest in using therapy dogs in courtrooms.
By Helping a Girl Testify at a Rape Trial, a Dog Ignites a Legal Debate
| Contributor(s):: William Glaberson
Rosie, the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York, strikes up debate over the lagality of having dogs present in the courtroom.
Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club
The Fox Valley Therapy Dog Club is a volunteer organization providing a wide variety of canine assisted therapy programs and services in the communities of Kendall, Kane and DuPage counties in Illinois since 2002. Over 70 members strong, our dedicated and motivated volunteers provide a unique...
Day of Healing - K9 Assisted Crisis Response Team
06 Feb 2014 |
Posted by Kristyna M Oates
Kristyna Oates, Purdue Student In the wake of the aftermath of the Purdue University school shooting, several campus organizations came together to sponsor the State of Indiana K-9 Assisted Crisis...
Praying Hands Ranch
Praying Hands Ranch is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Christian Organization committed to meeting the needs of handicapped children, adults, troubled youth and disabled veterans through its Therapeutic Riding Center.
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in therapy dogs. Is your dog social? At least a year old? A people lover? Well-mannered? Comfortable around other dogs? Then becoming a Therapy Dog team with Welcome Waggers may be just right for you!Welcome Waggers is a local volunteer therapy dog group...
Companion animals and the elderly
| Contributor(s):: Roberta Erickson
One important "significant other" that often goes unrecognized in professional circles is the companion animal with whom many elders share their daily lives. Yet, more than a century ago, Florence Nightingale wrote that pets were excellent companions for patients confined by long-term...