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  1. Therapy dogs help calm people under stress

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Montemurri, L. L. Braiser

  2. The effect of a pet's presence upon anxiety during a simulated clinical interview

    | Contributor(s):: Kenneth G. Weigand

    Recognizing the importance of evolutionary parallels between humans and other animals, researchers make use of animals to better the understanding of people in various fields of study, such as history, ecology, medicine, psychology, and sociology (Levinson, 1978). Boris Levinson (1962) was an...

  3. Understanding the Value of Dog Facilitated Psychotherapy, What Theory Emerges?

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    | Contributor(s):: Annemarie Una Harmon O'Brien

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a field that is growing substantially with animals purported to be a panacea from everything from autism to prisoner reform. In many countries they are incorporated into psychotherapy process. The researcher wanted to explore if this is a valid form of practice, the...

  4. The influence of dog ownership on objective measures of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults: a longitudinal case-controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Philippa Margaret Dall, Sarah Lesley Helen Ellis, Brian Martin Ellis, P Margaret Grant, Alison Colyer, Nancy Renee Gee, Malcolm Howard Granat, Daniel Simon Mills

    Background There is some evidence to suggest that dog ownership may improve physical activity (PA) among older adults, but to date, studies examining this, have either depended on self-report or incomplete datasets due to the type of activity monitor used to record physical activity....

  5. Determinants of the Level of Care Provided for Various Types and Sizes of Dogs in New Providence, The Bahamas

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    | Contributor(s):: William J. Fielding

    This paper reports the level of care offered 424 dogs, classified as small dogs, large dogs, pit bulls and potcakes (the colloquial name for the local mongrel) in New Providence, The Bahamas. Levels of care that meet the legal minimum –food water and shelter– as well as care...

  6. I Walk My Dog Because It Makes Me Happy: A Qualitative Study to Understand Why Dogs Motivate Walking and Improved Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Carri Westgarth, Robert M. Christley, Garry Marvin, Elizabeth Perkins

    Dog walking is a popular everyday physical activity. Dog owners are generally more active than non-owners, but some rarely walk with their dog. The strength of the dog–owner relationship is known to be correlated with dog walking, and this qualitative study investigates why. Twenty-six...

  7. Influence of low stress handling during clinical visit on physiological and behavioural indicators in adult dogs: a preliminary study

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    | Contributor(s):: Bruno Scalia, Daniela Alberghina, Michele Panzera

    Low stress handling techniques or “Fear Free principles” in veterinary clinics are becoming an important research area aimed at improving small animal welfare, considering that the majority of dogs who undergo clinical examinations exhibit fear or anxiety signs. Objective of this...

  8. Moving With Pets

    | Contributor(s):: Dylan Kaarlsen

    When you go new places® every member of your family should be at ease. Cats, dogs and other animals are especially sensitive to moving. The secret to pet relocation is planning. Follow these pointers and ask your Atlas Agent if you have questions. This guide will help prepare you to move...

  9. Playing for sheep stations : a discourse analysis of wild dog management and control policy in New South Wales, Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Penelope Margaret Marshall

    This thesis challenges the constitutive and taken-for-granted assumptions of the current dominant administrative rationalist discourse of wild dog management and control (WMDC) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It asks: To what extent can conflicts over WDMC in NSW be understood in terms of...

  10. Can you spare 15 min? The measurable positive impact of a 15-min petting session on shelter dog well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: Ragen T. S. McGowan, Cynthia Bolte, Hallie R. Barnett, Gerardo Perez-Camargo, François Martin

    It is well established that human interaction has positive effects on shelter dogs. This work set out to answer the question: “Does one 15-min petting session make a difference for shelter dogs?” Fifty-five dogs were subject to one 15-min petting session with one of five unfamiliar...

  11. Paws From The Heart

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    We are a compassionate and supportive 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing qualified and specialty trained pet therapy dog teams into local communities to deliver various outreach programs while  promoting  health, happiness and healing to those in need.  We...

  12. Training Technologies. Science, Humans and Dogs in the Age of Positive Dog Training

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    | Contributor(s):: Ane Møller Gabrielsen

    The practices of dog training influence the lives of numerous dogs and dog owners, but have not received much academic attention in terms of empirical studies. Both humans and dogs are shaped through these practices, but as the conditions are partly determined by already established networks,...

  13. The Processing of Human Emotional Faces by Pet and Lab Dogs: Evidence for Lateralization and Experience Effects

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    | Contributor(s):: Anjuli L.A. Barber, Dania Randi, Corsin A. Müller, Ludwig Huber

    From all non-human animals dogs are very likely the best decoders of human behavior. In addition to a high sensitivity to human attentive status and to ostensive cues, they are able to distinguish between individual human faces and even between human facial expressions. However, so far little...

  14. Parent perceptions of the quality of life of pet dogs living with neuro-typically developing and neuro-atypically developing children: An exploratory study

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    | Contributor(s):: Sophie S. Hall, Hannah F. Wright, Daniel S. Mills

    There is growing scientific and societal recognition of the role that pet dogs can play in healthy development of children; both those who are neuro-typically developing and those who live with a neuro-developmental disorder, such as autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However,...

  15. The Truth about Humans: The Decision to Adopt Dogs & Cats

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    | Contributor(s):: Leann Stadtlander

    Millions of dogs and cats are adopted from animal shelters every year, however, little is known about why specific animals are adopted. This study examines the qualitative comments given by adopters of cats and dogs for selecting specific animals. Differences between the species and insights...

  16. Use of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Veterans with Combat-related PTSD

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    | Contributor(s):: Nichole Nelson

    The purpose of this paper was to determine whether animal-assisted therapy is effective in treating combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. While the intent was to discover the efficacy of animal-assisted therapy, articles which discussed only the use of psychiatric service dogs...

  17. The association between owning domestic dogs as pets and the productivity amongst college students

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily Gerace

    In the class Research Methods in Healthcare, we explored an introduction to the different kinds of research that are commonly used in healthcare and the benefits and uses of each kind. Always having a love for dogs, I wondered whether or not they would have any association with the level of...

  18. A first estimate of the structure and density of the populations of pet cats and dogs across Great Britain

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    | Contributor(s):: James Aegerter, David Fouracre, Graham C. Smith

    Policy development, implementation, and effective contingency response rely on a strong evidence base to ensure success and cost-effectiveness. Where this includes preventing the establishment or spread of zoonotic or veterinary diseases infecting companion cats and dogs, descriptions of the...

  19. Dog's Best Friend?: Vivisecting the "Animal" in Mark Twain's "A Dog's Tale"

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    | Contributor(s):: Matthew Guzman

    “A Dog’s Tale” encapsulates the duality that the domesticated dog as both loyal “friend” and dependable scientific “instrument” denotes. Twain paints a dark portrait of man’s association with “beast.” Additionally, the story presents...

  20. Hepatitis E Virus Serosurvey among Pet Dogs and Cats in Several Developed Cities in China

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    | Contributor(s):: Huanbin Liang, Jidang Chen, Jiexiong Xie, Long Sun, Fanxiao Ji, Shuyi He, Yun Zheng, Chumin Liang, Guihong Zhang, Shuo Su, Shoujun Li

    Infection by Hepatitis E virus (HEV), as a zoonotic disease virus, is well studied in pigs in China, but few studies in pets have been performed. This study was designed to characterize the prevalence of HEV infection among pet dogs and cats in major metropolitan areas of China. We conducted a...