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  1. Canine Assisted Occupational Therapy: Protocol of a Pilot Randomised Control Trial for Children on the Autism Spectrum

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by difficulties with communication, social interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviours. For children with this disorder, the ability to engage with people and activities, and to participate in everyday...

  2. The Impact of Equine-Assisted Therapy on Equine Behavioral and Physiological Responses

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Equine-assisted therapies (EATs) have been widely used in the treatment of patients with mental or physical conditions. However, studies on the influence of equine-assisted therapy (EAT) on equine welfare are very recent, and the need for further research is often highlighted. The aim of this...

  3. Intervenções assistidas por cães como terapêutica não farmacológica em contexto hospitalar no doente internado

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    Theses | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Introdução: A hospitalização é, frequentemente, uma circunstância de fragilidade em que o doente apresenta distress. As terapias não farmacológicas, como uma abordagem holística do doente, são fundamentais para capacitar o...

  4. Prim-ly adding care: Case report of a student nurse/service dog team

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Traditionally, a therapy dog has been a complimentary tool used by healthcare providers to provide stress relief to patients. However, animals can perform functions at an even greater capacity. Service animals are becoming a part of the healthcare team, by providing unique assistance to the...

  5. Animal-assisted therapy used for anxiety disorders in patients with learning disabilities: An observational study

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Introduction:Animal-assisted therapy is defined as the positive interaction between an animal and a patient within a therapeutic framework. Previous studies have reported on the beneficial effects of animal-assisted therapy with patients suffering from anxiety, a major challenge for...

  6. What Makes a Good Therapy Dog? Identifying Factors Associated with Calm Behavior in Therapy Dogs

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    Posters | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Dogs offer a variety of benefits to society, including the use of therapy dogs to provide therapeutic and physiological benefits, enhancing the lives of a wide range of recipients. Unlike service or emotional support animals, therapy dogs provide support to a multitude of individuals, often in...

  7. A Study of Traveller Horse Owners' Attitudes to Horse Care and Welfare Using an Equine Body Condition Scoring System

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Traveller horses are often perceived to be exposed to poor welfare due to Travellers’ traditional way of horsemanship. However, few studies have investigated Traveller horse welfare. Hence, the present study aims to explore Traveller horse owners’ attitudes to horse care and...

  8. Assessment of separation anxiety in dogs: the search for a diagnostic method

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    Theses | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    The aims of this study were: (1) to explore the environmental factors and behaviors associated with the owners’ perception of separation anxiety based on the questionnaires completed by the owners along with video recordings of their dogs during the owners’ absence, and (2) to...

  9. A case study of the patient wait experience in an emergency department with therapy dogs

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    The quality of patient healthcare is a growing concern in Canada’s hospital emergency departments (ED) due to increasing wait times and associated adverse outcomes. A developing body of literature indicates that therapy dogs can positively impact the patient experience. In 2016, members...

  10. WHO REALLY NEEDS HELP? THE ANIMALS?

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    Newspaper Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    In 2004, a tsunami killed one hundred thousand people in eight Asian countries. Hours before the giant wave reached the continent, ALL animals, without exception, spontaneously sought shelter in lands far from the coast and were saved ...Living with pets only brings benefits to the Human...

  11. Pink is the New Bull: The Feminization of Pit Bulls in Visual and Literary Discourses as a Rescue Tactic

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    Theses | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Since the 1980s, pit bulls have been portrayed in a raced, classed, and gendered national discourse that has associated them with minority males of color in low-income urban areas. This discourse has led to a villianization of the breed that has resulted in restrictions on pit bulls and their...

  12. Long-term stress levels are synchronized in dogs and their owners

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    This study reveals, for the first time, an interspecifc synchronization in long-term stress levels. Previously, acute stress, has been shown to be highly contagious both among humans and between individuals of other species. Here, long-term stress synchronization in dogs and their owners was...

  13. The Dog in the Middle Ages

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    Theses | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

  14. Contexts and consequences of dog bite incidents

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Dog bites are a contentious issue within the United Kingdom due to their effect on public health and increasing incidence. Despite multiple expert-led dog bite prevention schemes being available, there is limited evidence regarding the surrounding factors and likely causes of a dog bite (e.g.,...

  15. Evaluation of an open source method for calculating physical activity in dogs from harness and collar based sensors

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Background: The ability to make objective measurements of physical activity in dogs has both clinical and research applications. Accelerometers offer a non-intrusive and convenient solution. Of the commercialy available sensors, measurements are commonly given in manufacturer bespoke units and...

  16. How many people have been bitten by dogs? A cross-sectional survey of prevalence, incidence and factors associated with dog bites in a UK community

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Background Dog bite studies are typically based on hospital records and may be biased towards bites requiring significant medical treatment. This study investigated true dog bite prevalence and incidence at a community-level and victim-related risk factors, in order to inform policy and...

  17. Human Animal Bond Association: The Bond Bulletin (Volume 43, Summer 2018)

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    HAB Certification, p3 Learning Center, p4 In the Trenches, p5 Anthrozoology and Veterinary Medicine, p6 Community Spotlight, p7

  18. Portion size and meal consumption in domesticated dogs: An experimental study

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Increases in food portion sizes have been identified as a possible contributor to the increased prevalence of obesity in humans. However, little is known about the origin of behavioural tendencies to overeat from larger portion sizes or whether other non-human animals are affected by meal...

  19. Dog owners are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than people without a dog: An investigation of the association between dog ownership and physical activity levels in a UK community

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Previous research suggests that dog owners are slightly more physically active than those without dogs, but have only studied one household member, and it is unclear whether time spent dog walking replaces other physical activity (PA). A survey of 191 dog owning adults (DO), 455 non-dog owning...

  20. Evidence of large genetic influences on dog ownership in the Swedish Twin Registry has implications for understanding domestication and health associations

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    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Dogs were the first domesticated animal and, according to the archaeological evidence, have had a close relationship with humans for at least 15,000 years. Today, dogs are common pets in our society and have been linked to increased well-being and improved health outcomes in their owners. A dog...