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  1. Shelters Reflect but Cannot Solve Underlying Problems with Relinquished and Stray Animals—A Retrospective Study of Dogs and Cats Entering and Leaving Shelters in Denmark from 2004 to 2017

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Peter Sandøe, Janne B.H. Jensen, Frank Jensen, Søren Saxmose Nielsen

    Data covering about 90% of the estimated intake of dogs and cats to Danish shelters from 2004 to 2017 were used to study the effects of tight control of dogs and of efforts to increase shelter services for unwanted or stray cats. During the period, there was a low and decreasing intake of dogs,...

  2. Human Induced Rotation and Reorganization of the Brain of Domestic Dogs

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Taryn Roberts, Paul McGreevy, Michael Valenzuela

    Domestic dogs exhibit an extraordinary degree of morphological diversity. Such breed-to-breed variability applies equally to the canine skull, however little is known about whether this translates to systematic differences in cerebral organization. By looking at the paramedian sagittal magnetic...

  3. Dog Therapy Day at NWCCC

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Jennifer Lang

    Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) provides great beneficial opportunities for individuals within the prison population. Many research studies display the effectiveness of AAT programs in prison settings through their results. The results showed improved moods, decreased stress levels, and increased...

  4. The Role of Oxytocin in the Dog–Owner Relationship

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sarah Marshall-Pescini, Franka S. Schaebs, Alina Gaugg, Anne Meinert, Tobias Deschner, Friederike Range

    Oxytocin (OT) is involved in multiple social bonds, from attachment between parents and offspring to “friendships”. Dogs are an interesting species in which to investigate the link between the oxytocinergic system and social bonds since they establish preferential bonds with their...

  5. The Sleep of Shelter Dogs Was Not Disrupted by Overnight Light Rather than Darkness in a Crossover Trial

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Katherine A. Houpt, Hollis N. Erb, Genaro A. Coria-Avila

    Dogs in shelters may be unattended at night. The purpose of this study is to describe the night-time behavior of dogs in a shelter and to determine if artificial light affected their sleeping patterns. Ten dogs were video-recorded under both light and dark conditions and their behavior recorded...

  6. Immunosensor for Assessing the Welfare of Trainee Guide Dogs

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Perkins, H., Higgins, M., Marcato, M., Galvin, P., Teixeira, S. R.

    Cortisol is a well established biomarker hormone that regulates many processes in the body and is widely referred to as the stress hormone. Cortisol can be used as a stress marker to allow for detection of stress levels in dogs during the training process. This test will indicate if they will...

  7. Animal-Assisted Therapy as an Intervention for Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis to Guide Evidence-Based Practice

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Chang, S. J., Lee, J., An, H., Hong, W. H., Lee, J. Y.

  8. The role of canines in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Vitte, Pauline, Bragg, Kevin, Graham, David, Davidson, John, Bratten, Truls, Angus-Leppan, Gavin

  9. Low risk of transmission of pathogenic bacteria between children and the assistance dog during animal-assisted therapy if strict rules are followed

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Edner, A., Lindström-Nilsson, M., Melhus, Å

  10. Evaluating preference for and reinforcing efficacy of a therapy dog to increase verbal statements

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Jorgenson, C. D., Clay, C. J., Kahng, S.

  11. When are the dogs coming back? Animal-assisted activities with men in residential substance abuse treatment

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Scott, Taylor M. T., Kirnan, Jean

  12. Pit bulls and prejudice

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Duberstein, Adam, King, Betz, Johnson, Amy R.

  13. Outcomes of assistance dog placement in the home for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families: A pilot study

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Leung, J. Y., Mackenzie, L., Dickson, C.

  14. "The connection just happens": Therapists' perspectives of canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Hill, J. R., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C.

  15. The Effect of Therapy Dogs on Preoperative Anxiety

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Foerder, Preston, Royer, Morgan

  16. Considerations for Recommending Service Dogs versus Emotional Support Animals for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Macy Porter, Melissa Y. Winkle, Ellen Herlache-Pretzer

    Background: Health care providers must understand factors that may guide the decision-making process for determining whether a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is appropriate for a service dog (SD) versus an emotional support animal (ESA), and assist SD training organizations...

  17. Can the Visits of Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) Influence the Mental Health (Anxiety and Depression) of Male Aging Patients Institutionalized with Dementia in Health Care Units? A Pilot Study of Madeira Island, Portugal

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): S. Vasconcelos, J. Azevedo, C. Casanova, H. Jardim, D. Neto, S. Jardim, C. Viegas

    Despite the fact that in the last decades, several mental health studies have shown that companion animals contribute to psychological and social well- being in humans (e.g., positive impacts have been observed in the elderly medicated for chronic diseases such as anxiety, dementia, and...

  18. Weber's Law and the Scalar Property of Timing: A Test of Canine Timing

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Jessica H. Cliff, Surrey M. K. Jackson, James S. McEwan, Lewis A. Bizo

    Domestic dogs completed a temporal bisection procedure that required a response to one lever following a light stimulus of short duration and to another lever following a light stimulus of a longer duration. The short and long durations across the four conditions were (0.5–2.0 s,...

  19. Invisible Paw Prints

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    Invisible Paw Prints, Inc., is an organization led by compassionate volunteers who use their canine companions to provide heartwarming visits in support of local community organizations.  

  20. Developing and Assessing the Validity of a Scale to Assess Pet Dog Quality of Life: Lincoln P-QoL

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sophie S. Hall, Beverley J. Brown, Daniel S. Mills

    There has been little investment in exploring the impact of the child-dog relationship on the dog. Since child-dog interactions can pose potentially serious threats to a dog’s physical and psychological health, as well as the wider satisfaction of the owner with their dog, we describe...