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  1. Measuring Attachments Between Dogs and Their Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Joanne Wilshaw

    This thesis details the development and testing of a new scale for measuring human attachment to dogs which allows for the measurement of weaker attachment levels as well as stronger ones (the CDA scale). The correlation between dog-owner’s scores on the CDA scale and their dog’s...

  2. Human-dog relationships as a working framework for exploring human-robot attachment: a multidisciplinary review

    | Contributor(s):: Krueger, F., Mitchell, K. C., Deshpande, G., Katz, J. S.

  3. Personality Traits and Owner-Dog Attachment in a Canadian Sample

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    | Contributor(s):: Morag G. Ryan, Anne E. Storey, Rita E. Anderson, Carolyn J. Walsh

    Much of the literature on owner-dog attachment and the influence of personality on the owner-dog relationship has originated in Europe, with few studies in North America. To address this imbalance, 29 owner-dog dyads from a Canadian population were tested in the Strange Situation Test (SST) and...

  4. "We Lost a Member of the Family": Predictors of the Grief Experience Surrounding the Loss of a Pet

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Maria C. Behler, Jeffrey D. Green, Jennifer Joy-Gaba

    Pets play an important role in their owners' lives and are often viewed as family members. However, research on human-animal relationships suggests that pet owners often receive relatively less emotional support when experiencing grief after the death of a beloved pet, a phenomenon known as...

  5. Attachment to Dogs and Cats in Germany. Translation of the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) and description of the pet owning population in Germany

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    | Contributor(s):: Benedikt Hielscher, Udo Ganslouer, Ingo Froboese

    Introduction: Attachment to pets has been shown to impact pet owners' (PO) physical health and quality of life. As no instrument for obtaining this kind of data currently exists in German, translating and validating the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale (LAPS) was the aim of this study....

  6. Behavioral and Physiological Effects of Equine-assisted Early Intervention for Mother- Child Dyads with Insecure Attachment

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    | Contributor(s):: Denise V. Hebesberger, Andrea Beetz, Kurt Kotrschal

    Animals, including horses may be valuable partners in many activities, pedagogy and therapy. Contact between humans and animals can facilitate an oxytocin secretion that, as a consequence, may alleviates stress-responses, increases social orientation and that supports attachment and caregiving....

  7. "Dog Moms" Use Authoritative Parenting Styles

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    | Contributor(s):: Shelley Volsche, Peter Gray

    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...

  8. Treating Pets Well: The Role of Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance

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    | Contributor(s):: Anthony E. Coy, Jeffrey D. Green

    Although the benefits of human-animal interactions (especially pets and companion animals) for humans are becoming increasingly well-known and implemented, less work has been done examining how such interactions affect the animal. Understanding the owner-animal dynamic is more important than ever...

  9. An Attachment Style Based Experimental Design to Maximize Dog Adoption Success

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    | Contributor(s):: Claire Weinman

    Evolution and domestication have brought dogs very close to humans. Research has found numerous behavioral, cognitive, neurological, and physiological similarities between the two species. Additional research has found that humans and dogs can share cross-species attachments that are comparable...

  10. Does training style affect the human-horse relationship? Asking the horse in a separation–reunion experiment with the owner and a stranger

    | Contributor(s):: Lundberg, Paulina, Hartmann, Elke, Roth, Lina S. V.

    Humans have shared a long history with horses and today we mainly consider horses as companions for sports and leisure activities. Previously, the human perspective of the human-horse relationship has been investigated but there has been little focus on the horse’s perspective. This study aimed...

  11. Canine Endogenous Oxytocin Responses to Dog-Walking and Affiliative Human–Dog Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Powell, Kate M. Edwards, Adrian Bauman, Adam J. Guastella, Bradley Drayton, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Paul McGreevy

    Several studies suggest human–dog interactions elicit a positive effect on canine oxytocin concentrations. However, empirical investigations are scant and the joint influence of human–dog interaction and physical activity remains unexplored. The aims of the current study were to (a)...

  12. Considering Family Dog Attachment Bonds: Do Dog-Parent Attachments Predict Dog-Child Attachment Outcomes in Animal-Assisted Interventions?

    | Contributor(s):: Wanser, S. H., Simpson, A. C., MacDonald, M., Udell, M. A. R.

  13. Pet Attachment and Wellbeing of Older-Aged Recreational Horseback Riders

    | Contributor(s):: Schwarzmueller-Erber, G., Maier, M., Kundi, M.

  14. Teenage dogs? Evidence for adolescent-phase conflict behaviour and an association between attachment to humans and pubertal timing in the domestic dog

    | Contributor(s):: Asher, L., England, G. C. W., Sommerville, R., Harvey, N. D.

  15. The Relationship Between Pet Attachment, Life Satisfaction, and Perceived Stress: Results from a South African Online Survey

    | Contributor(s):: Roux, Marieanna C. le, Wright, Simonne

    Pets are an important part of many pet owners’ lives, yet very little is known about this complex relationship within a South African context. Most of the research on pet attachment and pet ownership stems from developed countries such as the USA. The present study used an online survey to...

  16. Pet Attachment in the Context of Family Conflict

    | Contributor(s):: Applebaum, Jennifer W., Zsembik, Barbara A.

    Previous research shows that companion animals can have a positive effect on their owner’s health and may also serve as a buffer to stress. Despite this, few studies have investigated the role of the pet in adverse or tumultuous family circumstances. In this study, we explored whether reported...

  17. The sex of the offspring affects the lamb and ewe responses to abrupt weaning

    | Contributor(s):: Freitas-de-Melo, A., Ungerfeld, R.

    Female lambs have a stronger attachment with their mothers and show a greater susceptibility to stressors than male lambs. Male lambs grow faster than female lambs do, achieving a greater nutritional independence from their mothers. Our hypothesis was that female lambs and their mothers are more...

  18. Maternal nutrition and antioxidant supplementation: Effects on mother–young behaviors in a Patagonian sheep extensive grazing system

    | Contributor(s):: Sales, Francisco, Parraguez, Victor H., Freitas-de-Melo, Aline, Ungerfeld, Rodolfo

    Undernourishment is a frequent condition in sheep pregnancies under extensive systems, since most of the pregnancies occur when the prairie has the lowest forage allowance. Underfed sheep pregnancies are associated with maternal-fetal oxidative stress, low birth weight and deteriorated ewe–lamb...

  19. Adult separation anxiety disorder: The human-animal bond

    | Contributor(s):: Dowsett, Elisha, Delfabbro, Paul, Chur-Hansen, Anna

  20. Keeping Lily Safe: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Human–Animal Attachment during Adversity

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    | Contributor(s):: Catherine Lee

    This article is an autoethnographic examination of my experiences as a pet owner during a particularly challenging time in my life. Beginning with a summary of a critical incident, it shows the way in which fears for the safety of my pet cat, Lily, and my relationship with her impacted my...