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  1. Examining the impact of a brief human-canine interaction on stress and attention

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    The interaction between humans and canines has been linked to a variety of benefits including reductions in ADHD symptoms in children, depression symptoms in nursing home patients, and PTSD symptoms in veterans returning from war. Although the inclusion of therapy dogs on college campuses has...

  2. Book Review: "Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend"

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    This volume is co-edited by Chris Blazina whose previous work, "When Man Meets Dog: What a difference a dog makes" (2016), was reviewed in this column last year and Lori Kogan. This fifteen chapter volume represents scholarly literature and research studies which explore the complex...

  3. "Dog Moms" Use Authoritative Parenting Styles

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    Findings in human-animal interaction often includes the benefits of the relationship; however, pet relinquishment persists as a core issue within the field. Considering mismatches could be an explanation about relinquishment, this study was performed with the aim to design and to evaluate...

  4. "Dog Moms" Use Authoritative Parenting Styles

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    Findings in human-animal interaction often includes the benefits of the relationship; however, pet relinquishment persists as a core issue within the field. Considering mismatches could be an explanation about relinquishment, this study was performed with the aim to design and to evaluate...

  5. Book Review:"The Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Adults Who Abuse Animals: The AniCare Approach"

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    This volume is the second edition of the adult version of the AniCare approach to the assessment and treatment of animal abuse handbook that was published in 1998 (Jory and Randour, 1998). The AniCare approach was based on an adaptation of Brian Jory's Intimate Justice theory for domestic...

  6. Revisiting a Link: Animal Abuse, Bullying, and Empathy in Australian Youth

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    Experience of deliberate animal harm has been found to be a risk factor for school-based violence and later criminality. However, much of the extant research is based on retrospective or caregiver reports with few studies surveying youth directly. The aim of the current study was to address...

  7. Book Review:"When Man Meets Dog: What a difference a dog makes"

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    Poet Robert Frost is quoted as saying, "No tears for the writer, no tears for the reader (Hopkins, 1960)." The emotional stories of canine-human relationships shared by Chris Blazina in "When Man Meets Dog" provide ample evidence of this concept in tears shared by both. In...

  8. Developing Children's Ability to Recognize Animal Emotions -- What Does It Take? A Study at the Zoo

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    Several factors are known to affect children's identification of human emotions, but information is virtually inexistent regarding how they develop their ability to identify animal emotions. I this study we approached factors likely to influence children's identification of animal...

  9. Who Do Parrots Talk To? Agreeableness and a Serious Approach Increase the Production of Word-like Utterances by African Grey Parrots

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    Label acquisition projects with the grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) demonstrated cognitive and communicative skills of this species comparable to great apes. However, results differ profoundly between individuals and laboratories. Two studies investigated the relationship between the...

  10. Book Review: "The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals"

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    In previous book reviews (2013; 2014), I have explored the power of literature to engage students and practitioners in discourse on the complexities of humananimal relationships. Lauren Slater's autobiographical memoir is a beautifully written work that engages the reader and†...

  11. Book Review:"The Practice of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy: An innovative modality for facilitating mental wellness"

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    This sixteen chapter book details the experiences of the author whose primary therapeutic practice incorporates dogs in a clinical setting with children, adolescents, adults, and families. It is an introductory book written in a relaxed and accessible style with a number of case examples and...

  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. Special Book Review: Literature and the Art of Being Human"Unsaid" a novel by Neil Abramson (2012)

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    In this journal's book review column, I have mostly reviewed recent scholarly books pertaining to the human-animal bond and the research and practice of animal assisted therapies. This review, however, represents a special departure from those types of books, focusing on the power of...

  14. Book Review: "Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisting Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice" (2012)

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    This edited volume, published by Routledge in 2012, is written for mental health professionals who are interested in incorporating equine assisted counseling techniques into their practice modalities. Trotter collected a wide range of essays†from†counselors working with horses in...

  15. Book Review: "Attachment to pets: An integrative view of human-animal relationships for therapeutic practice" (2013)

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    In the past, collaborations between biologists and psychologists have yielded groundbreaking developments for both fields. This work represents a sophisticated collaboration and integration of knowledge by noted scholars in these fields that holds promise to advance research and understanding...

  16. Book Review: "How Animals Affect Us: Examining the Influence of Human-Animal Interaction on Child Development and Human Health." (2011)

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    The timing of the publication and review of this edited volume in the inaugural addition of the HAI Bulletin could not have been more fortuitous. Similar to the goals of this publication -- to advance the science and field of human-animal interaction (HAI) -- this volume provides those...

  17. Effect of Pet Interaction on Stress Reduction and Positive Mood Enhancement among Pet-Owners and Non-Owners

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    The present study investigated the effect of pet interaction on stress reduction and positive mood enhancement among pet-owners and non-owners. Sample of pet-owners (n = 90) and non-owners (n = 90) was taken from University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore. Both, male and female...

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

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    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...

  19. Effects of Pet Dogs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their Families: Expectations versus Reality

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    Previous studies have examined the specific benefits of therapy and assistance dogs on children with autism, but until recently only anecdotes existed concerning the benefits of pet dogs. We conducted structured interviews with 40 parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to...

  20. Book Review: "Rewinding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence"

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    I met author Marc Bekoff and had the opportunity to hear his plenary address at the Minding Animals Conference in 2012 in the Netherlands. This reviewed work was in progress at that time and I was struck by the number of times he used the term paradigm shift in his address. Bekoff is a prolific...