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  1. A cross-sectional study of knowledge on ownership, zoonoses and practices among pet owners in northern Portugal

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Vale, B. do, Lopes, A. P., Fontes, M. da C., Silvestre, M., Cardoso, L., Coelho, A. C.

    Pet ownership is common in modern society. In Portugal, 38% and 31% of all households own at least one dog or cat, respectively. Few studies have ascertained the knowledge of pet owners on pet ownership and zoonoses, and none have been carried out in Portugal. The aim of the present study was...

  2. Pilot study of the influence of equine assisted therapy on physiological and behavioral parameters related to welfare of horses and patients

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Dolores Ayala, M., Carrillo, A., Iniesta, P., Ferrer, P.

    Different welfare indicators were studied in three patients with psychomotor alterations and in two horses throughout 9-10 equine assisted therapy sessions in each patient. In horses, heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, temperature and behavioral signs were studied. In patients, heart...

  3. Pilot study of the influence of equine assisted therapy on physiological and behavioral parameters related to welfare of horses and patients

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Dolores Ayala, M., Carrillo, A., Iniesta, P., Ferrer, P.

    Different welfare indicators were studied in three patients with psychomotor alterations and in two horses throughout 9-10 equine assisted therapy sessions in each patient. In horses, heart and respiratory rates, blood pressure, temperature and behavioral signs were studied. In patients, heart...

  4. Development of the dog attachment insecurity screening inventory (D-AISI): a pilot study on a sample of female owners

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Riggio, G., Noom, M., Gazzano, A., Mariti, C.

    To date, the Strange Situation Procedure is the only tool available to investigate the quality of the dog's attachment bond towards the owner. This study aimed to adapt a parent-report scale, named the Attachment Insecurity Screening Inventory (AISI) 6-12, originally designed to assess 6-...

  5. A Social-Emotional Learning Program for Suicide Prevention through Animal-Assisted Intervention

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Muela, A., Balluerka, N., Sansinenea, E., Machimbarrena, J. M., García-Ormaza, J., Ibarretxe, N., Eguren, A., Baigorri, P.

    The aim of the study was to carry out a pilot implementation and evaluation of the OverCome-AAI program, a pioneering program for the prevention of suicidal behavior through animal-assisted interventions for young people with high risk factors for suicidal behavior. The study sample consisted...

  6. Relinquishing owners underestimate their dog's behavioral problems: deception or lack of knowledge?

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Powell, L., Duffy, D. L., Kruger, K. A., Watson, B., Serpell, J. A.

    Undesirable behavior is a leading cause of canine relinquishment. Relinquishing owners could provide valuable information about their dog's behavior, although the reliability of their reports has been questioned by the sheltering community. This study aimed to investigate (a) whether...

  7. Feasibility and reliability of the AWIN welfare assessment protocol for dairy goats in semi-extensive farming conditions

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Battini, M., Renna, M., Giammarino, M., Battaglini, L., Mattiello, S.

    The aim of this study was to test the feasibility and reliability of the Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN) protocol for welfare assessment of dairy goats when applied to semi-extensive farming conditions. We recruited 13 farms located in the NW Italian Alps where three assessors individually and...

  8. Volunteers' demographics that affect the human-dog interaction during walks in a shelter

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Shih, H. Y., Paterson, M. B. A., Pachana, N. A., Phillips, C. J. C.

    Different people relate to dogs in different ways. We investigated differences between volunteers in their behavioural interactions with shelter dogs when they were walked on a leash. Cameras were used to record and quantify the behaviour of volunteers and a leash tension metre was used to...

  9. Coping with human-cat interactions beyond the limits of domesticity: moral pluralism in the management of cats and wildlife

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Wandesforde-Smith, G., Levy, J. K., Lynn, W., Rand, J., Riley, S., Schaffner, J. E., Wolf, P. J.

    Although human interactions with cats are often even typically analyzed in the context of domesticity, with a focus on what sorts of interactions might make both people and cats "happy at home," a large number of cats in the world live, for one reason or another, beyond the bounds of...

  10. The urinary hormonal state of cats associated with social interaction with humans

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Nagasawa, T., Ohta, M., Uchiyama, H.

    Research to assess the relationship between cats and humans is in a nascent stage. Some studies have assessed the stress status in cats using physiological indicators, such as the cortisol hormone, but have not focused on the social interaction with humans. Moreover, the role of oxytocin...

  11. Community attitudes reflect reporting rates and prevalence of animal mistreatment

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Glanville, C., Ford, J., Cook, R., Coleman, G. J.

    Community attitudes toward the treatment of animals are important to understand for the development of intervention programs to prevent mistreatment. We aimed to investigate whether previously identified differences between local government areas (LGAs) in the rates of animal mistreatment...

  12. Exploring the relationship between human social deprivation and animal surrender to shelters in British Columbia, Canada

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Ly, L. H., Gordon, E., Protopopova, A.

    Previous studies identify owner-related issues, such as cost and housing, as common reasons for relinquishment of companion animals to animal shelters. It is likely that the burden of surrendering for owner-related reasons falls on those who are socially vulnerable (e.g., low income,...

  13. The mechanics of social interactions between cats and their owners

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Turner, D. C.

    This is a mini review that summarizes what is known from quantitative observational studies of social interactions between domestic cats and humans in both laboratory colonies and the home setting. Only results from data that have been statistically analyzed are included; hypotheses still to be...

  14. Exploratory study of fecal cortisol, weight, and behavior as measures of stress and welfare in shelter cats during assimilation into families of children with autism spectrum disorder

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Carlisle, G. K., Johnson, R. A., Koch, C. S., Lyons, L. A., Wang, Z., Bibbo, J., Cheak-Zamora, N.

    Background: Cats are a common companion animal (CA) in US households, and many live in families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The prevalence of ASD is one in 54, and many children have behavior challenges as well as their diagnostic communication disorders. Objective:...

  15. Does benchmarking of rating scales improve ratings of search performance given by specialist search dog handlers?

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Clark, C. C. A., Rooney, N. J.

    Rating scales are widely used to rate working dog behavior and performance. Whilst behaviour scales have been extensively validated, instruments used to rate ability have usually been designed by training and practitioner organizations, and often little consideration has been given to how...

  16. Human allergy to cats: a review of the impact on cat ownership and relinquishment

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sparkes, A. H.

    Practical relevance: Cats have become increasingly common as companion animals, and in many countries their popularity now exceeds that of dogs. At the same time, human allergies (including allergy to cats) have been increasing and it has been estimated that globally up to 10-20% of human...

  17. Treating Agitation in Patients with Dementia with a Therapy Dog in a Milieu Therapy Setting on a Geropsychiatric Ward

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Krüger, J., Izgi, R., Hellweg, R., Ströhle, A., Jockers-Scherübl, M. C.

    BACKGROUND: Animal-assisted intervention has become a common therapeutic practice used for patients with dementia in home-dwelling and institutions. The most established procedure is a visiting service by specially trained dogs and their owners to improve social interactions and reduce symptoms...

  18. A systematic review of dog-assisted therapy in children with behavioural and developmental disorders

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Hüsgen, Candela J., Peters-Scheffer, Nienke C., Didden, Robert

    ObjectivesAnimal-assisted therapy with dogs is regularly used in children with behavioural and developmental disorders. Aims of this systematic review were threefold: to analyse the methodological quality of studies on dog-assisted therapy (DAT) for children with behavioural and developmental...

  19. Benefits and challenges of animal-assisted therapy in older adults: a literature review

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Veilleux, A.

  20. Physical therapy with hippotherapy compared to physical therapy alone in children with cerebral palsy: Systematic review and meta‚Äźanalysis

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Santos de Assis, Gustavo, Schlichting, Tatiane, Rodrigues Mateus, Beatriz, Gomes Lemos, Alana, dos Santos, Adriana Neves