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  1. A companion dog increases prosocial behavior in work groups

    Contributor(s):: Colarelli, S. M.

    Although organizations use a variety of interventions to improve group functioning, getting people to work effectively with each other remains challenging. Because the presence of a dog has been shown to have positive effects on mood and dyadic interaction, we expected that the presence of a...

  2. Danger! Danger! Danger!, or When Animals Might Attack: The Adventure Activist Genre

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    | Contributor(s):: Mark. L Berrettini

    An analysis of the current state of the adventure activist genre in film, centering on The Crocodile Hunter and Project Grizzly.

  3. So You Have A Dog?

    | Contributor(s):: Donald Irwin Craig

      So You Have a Dog? © Donald I. Craig, Jr., 2014 “We have had civilizations without horses and even civilizations without the wheel, but never civilizations without dogs.  No dogs, no humanity.” – Piero Scanziani, Italian...

  4. So You Have A Dog?

    | Contributor(s):: Donald Irwin Craig, Donald I. Craig

    Responsibilities of dog ownership and benefits of a family dog.

  5. Distance of Nursery Pig Snout and Tails from a Human Observer during an Approachability Test

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

    The objective of this experiment was to determine the distance of nursery pigs snout and tails from a human observer when classified as touched, orientated to the human or s not-orientated during a human-animal interaction test using a digital image collection methodology. A complete randomized...

  6. Gilt and Barrow Approachability Behavior to a Human Observer

    | 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 sex affected how many pigs touched and orientated to the human or were classified as not-orientated during a human-animal interaction test using a live human observation and a digital image collection methodology. A complete...

  7. Tri-State K-9 Response Team

    Tri-State Canine Response Team is a non-profit organization, serving NJ, PA, and DE, which is dedicated to providing certified and trained handler/dog teams for Animal Assisted Activities, Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Crisis Response Teams to children, families, neighborhoods, and...

  8. The Big Red Barn

    We are The Walton Family and we have lived on our Tottenham farm since 2009. Our farm is nestled on 10 acres of land, at the top of a hill with long views of nature. Growing up in the big city, my husband and I knew from the time we met in 2002 that we craved the farm life. On our long...

  9. Influence of Maternal Care on Behavioural Development of Domestic Dogs (Canis Familiaris) Living in a Home Environment

    | Contributor(s):: Giovanna Guardini, Jon Bowen, Chiara Mariti, Jaume Fatjo, Claudio Sighieri, Angelo Gazzano

    Maternal care has been shown to affect the development of the brain, behaviour, social skills and emotional systems of the young of many mammalian species including dogs. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of maternal care on the behavioural responses of family dog puppies...

  10. The Use of a Virtual Online Debating Platform to Facilitate Student Discussion of Potentially Polarising Topics

    | Contributor(s):: Paul D. McGreevy, Vicky Tzioumis, Chris Degeling, Jane Johnson, Robert Brown, Mike Sands, Melissa J. Starling, Clive J.C. Phillips

    The merits of students exchanging views through the so-called human continuum exercise (HCE) are well established. The current article describes the creation of the virtual human continuum (VHC), an online platform that facilitates the same teaching exercise. It also reports feedback on the VHC...

  11. A "Pawsitive" Influence of Animals in Long-Term Care Facilities: Animal-Assisted Therapy at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center

    | Contributor(s):: Hannah L. Winkler

    The St. Peter Regional Treatment Center (SPRTC) provides secure, residential, multi-disciplinary treatment services, including psychosocial rehabilitation and skill enhancement, to individuals civilly committed as Mental Ill and Dangerous by the State of Minnesota. Since the treatment process is...

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

    | 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...

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

    | 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...

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

    | 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...

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

    | 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...

  16. Hippotherapy Capstone

    | Contributor(s):: Autumn O'Hara

    Therapists work with many children with many different diagnoses. One of the most prevalent diagnosis is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). According to recent statistics, available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD; which is a...

  17. A Clinical Practice Change Initiative to Incorporate Animal Assisted Therapy in Advanced Practice Registered Nurses' Clinical Practice for Children and Adolescents

    | Contributor(s):: Donna Rae Cowell

    Background: Children and adolescents mental healthcare needs is vital for the future of our nation’s welfare (American Psychology Association, 2014). Research has indicated AAT may be a considerable choice to help with pediatrics mental healthcare and may be utilized as...

  18. A Systematic Review of Complimentary Therapies to Treat Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Aftermath of Domestic Abuse

    | Contributor(s):: Jordan A. Meeks, Saida Byrami

    Objectives: Explore the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on the health of female survivors. Identify complementary therapies that alleviate symptoms of psychological health impacts of IPV on women’s health.Method: An exhaustive search of published, peer reviewed...

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

    | 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...

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

    | 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...