Effects of a therapy dog program on the wellbeing of older veterans living in a long term care residence
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Colleen Anne Dell, Darlene Chalmers, James Gillett, Megan Steeves, Betty Rohr, Barbara Fornssler, Alicia Husband, Oluwatomisin Iwajomo, Chelsea Nickel
Current health care practices do not adequately meet the health needs of older adult war veterans. Increasingly, animal assisted interventions (AAIs) are being identified as potentially beneficial for this population. To explore this, this study, informed by a One Health framework, measured the...
Perceptions of a therapist using animal assisted therapy in an analogue brochure study: Is there a halo effect?
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Chris Blazina, Lori Kogan
Animal assisted therapy (AAT) involves the integration of an animal (usually a dog or horse) in a clinical setting as part of treatment for a broad range of presenting problems involving emotional distress, trauma, and stress related issues. The use of ATT by therapists is on the rise. Our...
Household Cats and Children's Mental Health
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Moira R. Riley, Bonita Gibb, Anne Gadomski
Despite household cats being the second most popular household pet in the United States, little is known about how cat ownership affects children's development. Although household cats are generally believed to have a positive effect on adult health there are potential risks and benefits of...
An Examination of the Possible Physical Activity and Short-Term Health Benefits Associated With Dog Walking
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Nikolina M. Duvall Antonacopoulos, Timothy A. Pychyl
The purpose of this study was to examine whether dog walking is beneficial for dog owners' health by providing sufficient physical activity for health benefits and improving their psychological health immediately after dog walking.† The sample was comprised of 61 dog walkers who wore...
The effects of dog-owner relationship on perceived stress and happiness
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Monica Teresa Gonzalez-Ramirez, Lucia del Carmen Quezada-Berumen, Minerva Vanegas-Farfano, RenÈ Landero-Hernandez
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of the pet-owner relationship on the perceived stress and subjective happiness of the owner, using structural equation modeling. A sample of 483 residents of Mexico, men and women, owners of at least one dog participated in this study. Data...
Therapeutic horseback riding as a complementary intervention for military service members with PTSD
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Beth A. Lanning, Amelia L. Wilson, Robert Woelk, A. Alexander Beaujean
The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and potential effectiveness of an 8-week therapeutic horseback riding [THR] program for veterans with combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. Eighty-nine military service members diagnosed with PTSD participated in either the THR...
Book Review: Animal Assisted Play Therapy
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): A. Matamonasa-Bennett
Animal Assisted Play Therapy represents a collaborative effort by two noted practitioners in the field of Animal Assisted Interventions - Rise Van Fleet, Ph.D. a licensed psychologist and canine behavior consultant with over 45 years of experience and co-founder off the International Institute...