The Effectiveness of Using Therapeutic Dog Program on the Elderly with Dementia in Nursing Homes of Taiwan
Contributor(s):: Ming-Lee Yeh
Purpose: This research was to develop and to evaluate a canine animal assisted therapy program in Taiwan.Methods: Based on the concept of animal assisted therapy (AAT), this program included two stages. Based on a quasi-experimental research design, 58 elder residents with dementia in nursing...
Dog Tags: Homeless Veterans and Their Pets/Animal Companions
Contributor(s):: Susan K. Lee, Pamela Willson
Purpose: Overall, military veterans, who are at increased risk for homelessness and are over-represented when it come to the general population, comprise 10% of the United States (US) population. However, they account for 16% of the homeless adult population. Typically, homeless veterans served...
The Effect of Play with Canines on Psychological and Physical Stress Measures in College Students
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| Contributor(s):: Cheryl Delgado, Margaret Toukonen, Corinne Wheeler
Introduction and Background: Stress can be impede learning and be a major cause of student attrition or failure to advance in studies at a timely pace. This is an increasing concern in academia. Some universities are working to create supportive student communities and a more home-like...
Service Dogs and How They Help Human Beings
| Contributor(s):: Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service...
The Benefits of Exposure to Animals for Persons with Dementia: A Literature Review
| Contributor(s):: Stephanie Bennett
This literature review was performed to assess the current standing of the use of animals as a therapeutic agent for individuals suffering from dementia. This area of study is currently broad; therefore the intent of reviewing the current literature was to establish what has been studied at this...
Natural Dog Training Provides New Ways To Understand And Manage Stresses Of Canine Assisted Work
| Contributor(s):: Jean Marie Thompson, Kevin Behan
Limiting dis-stress experienced by assisted therapy, crisis response, and combat comfort dogs is a concern of handlers, organizations, and researchers. Dogs communicate feelings via body language especially muzzle expressions and physical behaviors that people and other animals recognize....