The Health Benefits of Dog Walking for People and Pets: Evidence and case studies
Books | Contributor(s): Rebecca A Johnson (editor), Alan M. Beck (editor), Sandra McCune (editor)
Obesity is at epidemic levels worldwide. In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that by 2018 the cost of treating weight-related illnesses will double to almost $350 billion a year. A 2010 report by the U.S. Surgeon General estimates that two-thirds of American adults and almost one in three...
Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How you and your dog can lose weight, stay fit, and have fun together
Books | Contributor(s): Phil Zeltzman, Rebecca A Johnson, Alan M. Beck
A dog is an ideal workout partner: always supportive, happy to go for a walk, and never judgmental. When people and dogs exercise together, fitness and health happen on both ends of the leash. As the obesity epidemic spreads, 70 percent of Americans and 50 percent of dogs are overweight or...
Shelter Dog Behavior Improvement: Dog Walking as Enrichment
Posters | Contributor(s): Rebecca A Johnson, Charlotte McKenney, Sandra McCune
Background: Several million dogs are euthanized in animal shelters annually after multiple relinquishment reasons (Scarlett, 2002; Salman, 1998; New, 2000 & Kass, 2001). Gains in pet adoptions are happening via shelter enrichment programs. We hypothesized that shelter dogs participating in a...
Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Rebecca A Johnson, David L. Albright, James R. Marzolf, Jessica L. Bibbo, Hayley D. Yaglom, Sandra M. Crowder, Gretchen Carlisle, Amy Willard, Cynthia L. Russell, Karen Grindler, Steven Osterlind, Marita Wassman, Nathan Harms
Background Large numbers of post-deployment U.S. veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), leading to an urgent need for effective interventions to reduce symptoms and increase veterans’ coping. PTSD includes anxiety,...
Neighborhood Engagement, Dogs, and Life Satisfaction in Older Adulthood
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Angela L Curl, Jessica Bibbo, Rebecca A Johnson