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  1. Child-Dog Attachment, Emotion Regulation and Psychopathology: The Mediating Role of Positive and Negative Behaviours

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    | Contributor(s):: Hawkins, R. D., Robinson, C., Brodie, Z. P.

    Emerging evidence suggests that pet dogs can offer features of a secure attachment which has been associated with healthy psychological development across the lifespan. Limited research has investigated the underpinning mechanisms that may contribute to the benefits and risks of child–dog...

  2. The Difference is in the Details: Attachment and Cross-Species Parenting in the United States and India

    | Contributor(s):: Volsche, Shelly, Mukherjee, Rijita, Rangaswamy, Madhavi

    The purpose of the current research was to explore changes in Indian attitudes and practices with pet dogs and cats and compare them with responses from the United States. Pet parenting, defined as the investment of money, emotion, and time in companion animals, is a form of alloparental care...

  3. Attachment and Perceived Stress among Pet Owners before and during the Lockdown in China

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Platto, Agathe Serres, Simona R. C. Normando, Wang Yanqing, Dennis C. Turner

    The current pandemic has brought a lot of social and economic strains to families worldwide, as well as making a huge impact on the long- term care of companion animals. The current study explored differences in the attachment level of owners toward their pets and their perceived stress before...

  4. Influences of Dog Attachment and Dog Walking on Reducing Loneliness during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Korea

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    | Contributor(s):: Lee, Hyung-Sook, Song, Jin-Gyeoung, Lee, Jeong-Yeon

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s lives and increased their vulnerability to physical and mental health hazards. While Korea has avoided nationwide lockdown measures since the COVID-19 outbreak, the prolonged restrictions and social isolation measures have resulted in detrimental...

  5. Not So Different as Cats and Dogs: Companionship during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Shelly Volsche, Elizabeth Johnson

    COVID- 19 lockdown provided a unique, in situ opportunity to probe caretaker experiences of living with companion animals during a stressful event. We launched an online survey in the United States that included standard demographic questions, questions related to household structures, and 25...

  6. Psychometric Evaluation of the Comfort from Companion Animals Scale in a Sexual and Gender Minority Sample

    | Contributor(s):: Tomlinson, Camie A., Pittman, Sarah K., Murphy, Jennifer L., Matijczak, Angela, McDonald, Shelby E.

  7. The influence of welfare and bonds with animals on the job satisfaction of felid keepers in North America

    | Contributor(s):: DeSmet, A., Ogle, B.

  8. If the World Was Ending: Companion Animals and Their Guardians in COVID-19 Times

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    | Contributor(s):: Yahaira Segarra-González, Liza M. Meléndez-Samó

    This research aimed to quantitatively explore various elements related to people living with companion animals during the COVID-19 emergency lockdown in Puerto Rico. Among the variables studied are guardians’ gender, age, animal species, time spent per day with the companion animal,...

  9. Anthropomorphism and Its Adverse Effects on the Distress and Welfare of Companion Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Mota-Rojas, D., Mariti, C., Zdeinert, A., Riggio, G., Mora-Medina, P., Del Mar Reyes, A., Gazzano, A., Domínguez-Oliva, A., Lezama-García, K., José-Pérez, N., Hernández-Ávalos, I.

    Anthropomorphic practices are increasing worldwide. Anthropomorphism is defined as the tendency to attribute human forms, behaviors, and emotions to non-human animals or objects. Anthropomorphism is particularly relevant for companion animals. Some anthropomorphic practices can be beneficial to...

  10. Handlers' Expectations and Perceived Compatibility regarding the Partnership with Their First Guide Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Lloyd, J., Budge, C., Stafford, K.

    The main function of a guide dog is as a mobility aid, but they can also fulfill psychosocial roles as companions, social facilitators, and objects/providers of affection. This study examined the outcome of 50 peoples' (handlers) partnerships with their first guide dog. Overall compatibility...

  11. The Human-Animal Bond and Attachment in Animal-Assisted Interventions in Counseling

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    | Contributor(s):: Ariann E. Robino

    Mental health practitioners who incorporate animal-assisted interventions into clinical practice harness the human-animal bond for therapeutic benefit. According to the Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counseling Competencies, practitioners have a duty to understand the complex relational processes...

  12. Pets in the Pandemic: How Pets Can Improve Mental Health During Covid-19

    | Contributor(s):: Lang, Katherine Blair

  13. The Veteran-Canine Bond: Implications and Experiences with Using Animals to Alleviate Psychological Distress

    | Contributor(s):: Chace, Tara

  14. The Role of Oxytocin in the Dog–Owner Relationship

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Marshall-Pescini, Franka S. Schaebs, Alina Gaugg, Anne Meinert, Tobias Deschner, Friederike Range

    Oxytocin (OT) is involved in multiple social bonds, from attachment between parents and offspring to “friendships”. Dogs are an interesting species in which to investigate the link between the oxytocinergic system and social bonds since they establish preferential bonds with their...

  15. Neural Responses of Pet Dogs Witnessing Their Caregiver's Positive Interactions with a Conspecific: An fMRI Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Karl, S., Sladky, R., Lamm, C., Huber, L.

    We have limited knowledge on how dogs perceive humans and their actions. Various researchers investigated how they process human facial expressions, but their brain responses to complex social scenarios remain unclear. While undergoing fMRI, we exposed pet dogs to videos showing positive social...

  16. From Pets to Pests: Testing the Scope of the “Pets as Ambassadors” Hypothesis

    | Contributor(s):: Possidónio, Catarina, Piazza, Jared, Graça, João, Prada, Marília

  17. Social dog — emotional dog?

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    | Contributor(s):: Stefanie Riemer

    Based on their high sociability and their capabilities in social cognition, we should conclude that dogs experience rich emotions in the social domain. I discuss the importance of dog-human attachment and some of the controversial evidence for so-called secondary emotions, which leaves many...

  18. Hirschi’s social bond theory: How human-animal interactions explain the effectiveness of carceral dog training programs

    | Contributor(s):: Furst, Gennifer, Houser, Kimberly

  19. Humans can identify cats' affective states from subtle facial expressions

    | Contributor(s):: Dawson, L. C., Cheal, J., Niel, L., Mason, G.

  20. Public attitudes toward animals and the influential factors in contemporary China

    | Contributor(s):: Su, B., Martens, P.