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  1. 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....

  2. The Effects of Pet Visitation and Human Interaction on the Happiness of Retirement Home Residents

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    | Contributor(s):: Candace Jean Donaghy, Richard Tucker (adviser)

  3. Pets, Purity and Pollution: Why Conventional Models of Disease Transmission Do Not Work for Pet Rat Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Charlotte Robin, Elizabeth Perkins, Francine Watkins, Robert Christley

    In the United Kingdom, following the emergence of Seoul hantavirus in pet rat owners in 2012, public health authorities tried to communicate the risk of this zoonotic disease, but had limited success. To explore this lack of engagement with health advice, we conducted in-depth, semi-structured...

  4. 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...

  5. Judgement bias in goats (Capra hircus): investigating the effects of human grooming

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    | Contributor(s):: Luigi Baciadonna, Christian Nawroth, Alan G. McElligott

      Animal emotional states can be investigated by evaluating their impact on cognitive processes. In this study, we used a judgement bias paradigm to determine if short-term positive human-animal interaction (grooming) induced a positive affective state in goats. We tested two groups of...

  6. The effect of human interaction on guinea pig behavior in animal-assisted therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Winnie Gut, Lisa Crump, Jakob Zinsstag, Jan Hattendorf, Karin Hediger

    Guinea pigs are included in various animal-assisted interventions (AAIs), but no research has been published to date on behavioral changes in guinea pigs interacting with humans. The goal of this study was to evaluate the behavior in guinea pigs during animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and to...

  7. Human-directed behaviour in goats is not affected by short-term positive handling

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    | Contributor(s):: Jan Langbein, Annika Krause, Christian Nawroth

    In addition to domestication, interactions with humans or task-specific training during ontogeny have been proposed to play a key role in explaining differences in human–animal communication across species. In livestock, even short-term positive interactions with caretakers or other...

  8. 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...

  9. Assessment of Recent Cases of Animal Hoarding in Germany: The Challenge for Animal Shelters and Public Authorities

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    | Contributor(s):: Sophie Arnold, Henriette Mackensen, Evelyn Ofensberger, Brigitte Rusche

    Animal hoarding is a severe problem in the field of human-animal interaction. The goal of this study was to assess the current situation of animal hoarding in Germany. Reports of animal hoarding cases were collected from animal shelters and public media between January 2012 and December 2015;...

  10. Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: descriptive findings from the health and retirement study

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    | Contributor(s):: Megan Kiely Mueller, Nancy Dreschel, Regina M. Bures

    Background We focused on human-animal interaction (HAI) as an important aspect of social functioning at the individual level, framing this emerging field from a public health perspective. Methods Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) 2012 HAI module, we describe the...

  11. Pinnipeds and PTSD: An Analysis of a Human-Animal Interaction Case Study Program for a Veteran

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    | Contributor(s):: Rachel A. Wortman, Theresa Vallone, Michele Karnes, Christine Walawander, Dion Daly, Bonnie Fox-Garrity

    The objective of this study was to examine the impact of a pinniped (grey and harbor seals) facilitated human-animal interaction pilot program on the self-reported PTSD-like symptoms of a veteran. This study analyzed preexisting, deidentified data that represented the participant’s scores...

  12. 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...

  13. Dharma Dogs: A Narrative Approach to Understanding the Connection of Sentience Between Humans and Canines

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Caldwell

    India has the highest population of stray dogs in the world1. Dharamsala, a cross-cultural community in the north Indian Himalayan foothills, is home to a number of particularly overweight and happy canines. However, the street dogs of Dharamsala are not an accurate representation of the state...

  14. The effect of a service dog on salivary cortisol awakening response in a military population with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, K. E., Bryce, C. I., Granger, D. A., O'Haire, M. E.

  15. Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: descriptive findings from the health and retirement study

    | Contributor(s):: Mueller, M. K., Gee, N. R., Bures, R. M.

  16. The effects of zoo visitors on Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) avoidance behavior in a walk-through exhibit

    | Contributor(s):: Learmonth, M. J., Sherwen, S., Hemsworth, P. H.

  17. Human-directed behaviour in goats is not affected by short-term positive handling

    | Contributor(s):: Langbein, J., Krause, A., Nawroth, C.

  18. Companion animals and human health: benefits, challenges, and the road ahead for human-animal interaction

    | Contributor(s):: Friedman, E., Krause-Parello, C. A.

  19. Associations between Oxytocin Receptor Gene Polymorphisms, Empathy towards Animals and Implicit Associations towards Animals

    | Contributor(s):: Connor, M., Lawrence, A. B., Brown, S. M.

  20. Perceptions of animal-assisted interventions: The influence of attitudes toward companion animals

    | Contributor(s):: Crossman, M. K., Kazdin, A. E.