Previous research has demonstrated that both children and dogs might benefit from Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA), with some factors mediating/moderating the results. The present study took these factors into consideration, by creating an AAA program consisting of two types of human-animal interactions (structured and unstructured activities), with emphasis on the encouragement of positive behaviours. Differences in the frequency of behavioural indicators of positive affects were compared between sessions, in both species (humans and dogs). The preliminary analysis of the results indicated no significant differences between the structured and unstructured sessions in regards to the behavioural indicators of positive affects in humans and dogs, concluding that children and dogs enjoyed the activities in both types of sessions. A more in-depth statistical analysis is currently being performed.
|Publication Title||Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca. Animal Science and Biotechnologies|
|Author Address||Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, 1 Mihail Kogalniceanu Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.firstname.lastname@example.org|
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