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  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Lang, Katherine Blair

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

    | Contributor(s):: Chace, Tara

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

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

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

  10. 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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. Owner and Cat-Related Risk Factors for Feline Overweight or Obesity

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    | Contributor(s):: Meredith Wall, Nick John Cave, Emilie Vallee

    Feline obesity is a highly prevalent disease that poses an urgent and serious challenge. Attempted treatment by weight reduction is often unsuccessful; a new preventative approach that focuses on the role of the owner may be helpful. This study used data collected from an international survey...

  15. Turpaterapiaa ja karvaista kaveruutta : ihmisen ja eläimen välinen suhde sekä eläinten koetut vaikutukset hyvinvointiin ja elämäntyytyväisyyteen

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    | Contributor(s):: Tanja Honkanen

    Vaikka ihmisen ja eläimen välinen suhde on ilmiönä tuhansia vuosia vanha, on sen yhteyksiä ihmisen terveyteen ja hyvinvointiin tutkittu aktiivisesti vasta reilut 30 vuotta. Kertynyt tutkimus on keskittynyt koiriin ja erityisryhmiin. Ihmisen ja eläimen välisen...

  16. Owner-Reported Attachment and Behavior Characteristics of New Guinea Singing Dogs Living as Companion Animals

    | Contributor(s):: Sumridge, Molly H., Suchak, Malini, Hoffman, Christy L.

  17. Intraspecific and Interspecific Attachment Between Cohabitant Dogs and Human Caregivers

    | Contributor(s):: Sipple, N., Thielke, L., Smith, A., Vitale, K. R., Udell, M. A. R.

  18. Encounters with a canine other: performing domestication in transnational animal rescue and rehoming

    | Contributor(s):: Schuurman, Nora

  19. The End of the Partnership With a Guide Dog: Emotional Responses, Effects on Quality of Life and Relationships With Subsequent Dogs

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

  20. My Cat and Me-A Study of Cat Owner Perceptions of Their Bond and Relationship

    | Contributor(s):: Ines, M., Ricci-Bonot, C., Mills, D. S.