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  1. 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),...

  2. 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...

  3. Guide to Human-Animal Interaction Education

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    Pursuing a career in human-animal interaction (HAI) may feel daunting, as this field is quickly growing and changing, and offers a wide array of career possibilities with pathways and educational programs. Yet, it is this broad scope of possibilities that can make navigating the field...

  4. Animal-Assisted Interventions: Taxonomy and Best Practices

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    Animals, particularly dogs, are gaining momentum in specialized Human-Animal Interactions. Dogs' roles range from pets, family members, volunteer visitors, and canine colleagues, to assistance dogs. This has also resulted in a need for uniform terminology to delineate between the different...

  5. Overview of Centers and Institutes for Human-Animal Interaction in the United States

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    Academic centers and institutes represent critical hubs for the advancement of areas of scholarly and societal interest. We conducted a survey of 16 academic centers and institutes for human-animal interaction (HAI) in the United States to systematically document the current state of academic...

  6. Human-Animal Interaction Interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes: A Decade of Progress

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    The field of human-animal interaction (HAI) represents the interdisciplinary study of the effects and mechanisms of the interrelationships between humans and animals. These relationships date back centuries, yet have only recently been the focus of scholastic study. The academic focus of HAI...

  7. Book Review: Animal Assisted Play Therapy

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    Animal Assisted Play Therapy represents a collaborative effort by two noted practitioners in the field of Animal Assisted Interventions - Rise Van Fleet, Ph.D. a licensed psychologist and canine behavior consultant with over 45 years of experience and co-founder off the International Institute...

  8. Therapeutic horseback riding as a complementary intervention for military service members with PTSD

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    The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and potential effectiveness of an 8-week therapeutic horseback riding [THR] program for veterans with combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. Eighty-nine military service members diagnosed with PTSD participated in either the THR...

  9. The effects of dog-owner relationship on perceived stress and happiness

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of the pet-owner relationship on the perceived stress and subjective happiness of the owner, using structural equation modeling. A sample of 483 residents of Mexico, men and women, owners of at least one dog participated in this study. Data...

  10. An Examination of the Possible Physical Activity and Short-Term Health Benefits Associated With Dog Walking

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    The purpose of this study was to examine whether dog walking is beneficial for dog owners' health by providing sufficient physical activity for health benefits and improving their psychological health immediately after dog walking.† The sample was comprised of 61 dog walkers who wore...

  11. Household Cats and Children's Mental Health

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    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...

  12. Perceptions of a therapist using animal assisted therapy in an analogue brochure study: Is there a halo effect?

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    Animal assisted therapy (AAT) involves the integration of an animal (usually a dog or horse) in a clinical setting as part of treatment for a broad range of presenting problems involving emotional distress, trauma, and stress related issues. The use of ATT by therapists is on the rise. Our...

  13. 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...

  14. Experimental trial demonstrates effects of animal-assisted stress prevention program on college students' positive and negative emotion

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    In response to the growing prevalence of mental health issues among college students, campuses across the nation are implementing animal-assisted stress reduction programs, despite a clear lack of evidence supporting their efficacy. Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial to...

  15. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Traditional Psychosocial and Canine-Assisted Interventions for Children with ADHD

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    This study provides findings on the final main outcomes from a randomized controlled trial of psychosocial intervention with and without canine assisted intervention (CAI) for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Eighty-eight children, ages 7-9 with ADHD, combined...

  16. Human-Animal Interaction and Metaphor in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Empirical Support for the EAGALA Model

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    Research was conducted on equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning (EAP), aimed at identifying and examining process variables. A total of 112 men and women participated in a correlational study, permitting the use of self-report data from EAP sessions within the model of the Equine-Assisted...

  17. Development of the Bonding with Dog Checklist (BoDC)

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    The growing interest in the mechanisms through which human-animal interaction (HAI) benefits humans suggests that new measures are needed to assess human bonding, especially to non-owned animals (i.e., animals that are not the human's pet). The current study addressed this need by...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. "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...