Service dog training program for treatment of posttraumatic stress in service members
Contributor(s):: Rick A Yount, Meg Daley Olmert, Mary R Lee
In July 2008, social worker and certified service dog trainer Rick Yount created the first Warrior dog-trainingprogram designed to be a safe, effective, nonpharmaceutical intervention to treat the symptoms of posttraumaticstress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury in Veterans and service...
Canines for combat veterans: The national education for assistance dog services
Contributor(s):: Kathy Foreman, Cynthia Crosson
National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS)/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans* has a long history of meeting the needs of the disabled. Established in 1976 as an agency to train and place dogs with the hearing impaired, NEADS evolved into one of the major canine assistance agencies...
Rehabilitative canine interactions at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Contributor(s):: Arthur F Yeager, Jennifer Irwin
Due to rapid advances in the medical field, effective holistic forms of patient care are often precluded from best practice consideration. Without evidence-based data on these nontraditional interventions, resources are likely to focus more on costly equipment, complicated surgeries, and...
Training the combat and operational stress control dog: An innovative modality for behavioral health
Contributor(s):: William Krol
Combat and operational stress control (COSC) dogs represent a new category of military working dog. America's VetDogs, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization, trains and provides therapy dogs to work with the US Army's combat and operational stress control teams deployed to Afghanistan or...
The effects of animal-assisted therapy on Wounded Warriors in an occupational therapy life skills program
Contributor(s):: Christine E Beck, Florie Gonzales, Carol Haertlein Sells, Cynthia Jones, Theresa Reer, Steven Wasilewski, Yao Yao Zhu
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has gained much attention in civilian and military health care. Evidence supportsits benefits with varied populations with diseases and disabilities, but no research has been done with injured or ill service members. This pretest, posttest nonrandomized control group...
Research on benefits of canine-assisted therapy for adults in nonmilitary settings
Contributor(s):: Janet S Knisely, Sandra B Barker, Randolph T Barker
Research has examined the physiological and psychosocial impact of animal-assisted activities (AAA) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT). The current review article summarizes the benefits of AAA and AAT for hospitalized patients with medical disorders, psychiatric patients, and residents of nursing...
Dogs and human health/mental health: From the pleasure of their company to the benefits of their assistance
Contributor(s):: Jan Shubert
Although we tend to identify the 20th century as the time when dogs and animals in general were first used to provide assistance to people with a variety of physical and mental diagnoses, this actually is not the case. The first documented example of the therapeutic use of animals occurred in 9th...
Historical perspectives of the human-animal bond within the Department of Defense
Contributor(s):: Perry R Chumley
Ever since mankind went to war, animals have played significant roles. Such roles have been either in officialcapacities such as cavalry horses, sentry dogs, carrier pigeons, and unit mascots, or unofficially as a Soldier'sbattle companion. Prior to a battle, the Roman army performed a ritual...
Definitions of animals used in healthcare settings
Contributor(s):: James T Mills, Arthur F Yeager
With the exception of maggot debridement and medicinal leech therapy, active and passive medical interventionsusing a live animal are defined by the human-animal bond. Encounters center on the dynamic and interactive relationship between humans and animals to provide psychological or physical...
Policy initiatives for the use of canines in Army medicine
Contributor(s):: Kathleen L Watkins
There is documented evidence dating from as early as 1940 citing the use of dogs to assist Wounded Warriors in therapeutic settings. Since that time, various efforts have emerged throughout the Army promoting the use of dogs to assist Warriors to attain higher levels of independence and...
The Early Years
Contributor(s):: Elspeth C Ritchie, Robinette J Amaker
In 2012, it seems that service dogs and therapy dogs are everywhere. These include dogs for both civilians and service members with combat injuries. Traditional service dog organizations are now providing dogs to children with autism and Soldiers with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Service...
Contributor(s):: David A Rubenstein, Mustapha Debboun, Richard Burton
Humans have domesticated animals for assistance and companionship since before the beginning of recorded history. Beasts of burden permitted the development of civilization by breaking land for agriculture with plows, and carrying crops, products, and people in larger quantities and over longer...
Canines and childhood cancer: Examining the effects of therapy dogs with childhood cancer patients and their families
Contributor(s):: Molly Jenkins, Ashleigh Ruehrdanz, Amy McCullough, John D Fluke
This document is a comprehensive review of the literature on childhood cancer epidemiology; pediatric oncology treatment; physical and psychosocial well-being impacts of childhood cancer for children and their families; human-animal bond history and research; and the application of...
La relazione uomo-animale come facilitatore del cambiamento
Contributor(s):: Corrieri, Ugo
The effect of animal-assisted activity on inpatients with schizophrenia
Contributor(s):: Chu, Cheng- I., Liu, Chao-Yin, Sun, Chi-Tzu, Lin, Jung
A survey of public opinion on the actual condition and the requirement for animal assisted relaxation activity: the significance of future Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
Contributor(s):: Narita, T., Kiyama, M., Kawakami, T., Choi, HyoungRak, Hayasaki, M.
Questionnaires were sent out to 84 veterinary clinics and 792 public homes and services for the aged and/or the handicapped and day care centres for the elderly in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan [date not given], to determine the public opinion on animal-assisted activity and therapy. The responses...
Care and treatment of service dogs [guide dogs] and their owners
Contributor(s):: Sandler, J. L.
Enhancing human-animal relationships through veterinary medical instruction in animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities
Contributor(s):: Schaffer, C. B.
Instruction in animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted activities (AAAs) teaches veterinary medical students to confidently and assertively maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of this union of animals and people. Instruction in AAT/AAA also addresses requirements by the...
The work of Buffalo Woman Ranch
Contributor(s):: Nelson, R.
Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound: How you and your dog can lose weight, stay fit, and have fun together
| Contributor(s):: Phil Zeltzman, Rebecca A Johnson, Alan M. Beck
A dog is an ideal workout partner: always supportive, happy to go for a walk, and never judgmental. When people and dogs exercise together, fitness and health happen on both ends of the leash. As the obesity epidemic spreads, 70 percent of Americans and 50 percent of dogs are overweight or...