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  1. Ask a Catbrarian: Marketing Library Services Using a Cat

    Journal Articles

    This case study aims to describe how employees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Undergraduate Library (UGL) utilized a cat mascot as part of a marketing campaign to promote awareness of library resources and services and to overcome undergraduate students’ library...

  2. Parallels in the interactive effect of highly sensitive personality and social factors on behaviour problems in dogs and humans

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  3. Human Behaviour Change Interventions in Animal Care and Interactive Settings: A Review and Framework for Design and Evaluation

    Journal Articles

  4. Bridging the Gap between Personality-Social Psychology and Human-Animal Interaction Research

    Journal Articles

    Personality and social psychology are two of the broadest subfields within psychology. Social psychology extends into areas such as perception and cognition while providing more unique contributions in specific domains such as close relationships and aggression. Personality cuts across all areas...

  5. Personality Traits and Owner-Dog Attachment in a Canadian Sample

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    Much of the literature on owner-dog attachment and the influence of personality on the owner-dog relationship has originated in Europe, with few studies in North America. To address this imbalance, 29 owner-dog dyads from a Canadian population were tested in the Strange Situation Test (SST) and...

  6. Human Helping of Animals: What Motivates It?

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    While considerable research has been carried out to understand helping offered to other humans, relatively little research has focused specifically on the motivations underlying helping for animals. It is possible that the social psychological helping literature may help shed light on the...

  7. No pets allowed: Landlord attitudes towards pets in a small Canadian city

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    Pet ownership is associated with greater mental and physical well-being, but it can also make some aspects of life more difficult. For example, many landlords have a 'no-pets' policy, which is especially problematic in areas where rental units are already in short supply. We examined...

  8. The Psychological Processes Involved in the Development of a High-Quality Relation with one's Dog

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    Background. Several studies have found an effect of pet ownership on human health and well-being. We propose that these benefits can only occur when the pet owner perceives the dog in a certain way: As having a human-like psychological functioning and experience of the world (anthropomorphism),...

  9. Homelessness and Animal Companionship in Bloomington, Indiana

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    This study is the first to examine Bloomington, IN's subpopulation of people experiencing homelessness with animals. To understand this subpopulation's basic demographics, social service needs, and existing resources, eight families were recruited for the study from a service fair...

  10. Household Cats and Children's Mental Health

    Journal Articles

    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...

  11. Effects of a therapy dog program on the wellbeing of older veterans living in a long term care residence

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    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...

  12. Influence of Biographical Variables and Academic Background on Attitudes towards Animal-Assisted Interventions

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    Over the past two decades, there has been increasing evidence of the benefits of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) among diverse groups and settings. However, little is known of the variables that can affect the attitudes of professionals towards these interventions. Two studies were done...

  13. Treating Pets Well: The Role of Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance

    Journal Articles

    Although the benefits of human-animal interactions (especially pets and companion animals) for humans are becoming increasingly well-known and implemented, less work has been done examining how such interactions affect the animal. Understanding the owner-animal dynamic is more important than ever...

  14. The Effects Of Dog Ownership On Self-Efficacy Levels

    Conference Papers

    Multiple studies have been conducted and have concluded that dogs do have a positive impact on both physical and mental health. When it comes to mental health, researchers have found that dog-interaction has decreased stress levels. Stress levels have a negative relationship with self-efficacy...

  15. Benefits of Having a Pet at College: Perception of Today's College Students

    Conference Papers

    The present literature review examined data from 10 studies that examined the benefits of pet therapy and well-being. Florence Nightingale, a pioneer of nursing, recognized these benefits in the early 1800s when she used animals to provide support to mentally ill patients. Since then, pets, but...

  16. The Bridge River Dogs: Interpreting aDNA and Stable Isotope Analysis Collected From Dog Remains

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    Excavations at the Bridge River site have been on-going since 2003, increasing our understanding of the communities that inhabited the Middle Fraser Canyon, British Columbia, over 1,000 years ago. The most recent excavation at Housepit 54 in the summer of 2014 supplied further data regarding...

  17. An Attachment Style Based Experimental Design to Maximize Dog Adoption Success

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    Evolution and domestication have brought dogs very close to humans. Research has found numerous behavioral, cognitive, neurological, and physiological similarities between the two species. Additional research has found that humans and dogs can share cross-species attachments that are comparable...

  18. Interaction and Emotional Connection with Pets: A Descriptive Analysis from Puerto Rico

    Journal Articles

  19. Utilitarianism for animals, Kantianism for people? Harming animals and humans for the greater good

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  20. Dogs and Their Owners Have Frequent and Intensive Contact

    Journal Articles