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  1. Interaction with shelter dogs reduces negative affect of adolescents in substance use disorder treatment

    Contributor(s):: Ellsworth, L. M., Tragesser, S., Newberry, R. C.

    We investigated the effectiveness of a human-animal interaction program, involving dogs from an animal shelter, in improving affect of adolescent males in inpatient treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). We hypothesized that adolescents would experience improvements in affect and attitudes...

  2. A randomized cross-over exploratory study of the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college student stress before final exams

    Contributor(s):: Barker, S. B., Barker, R. T., McCain, N. L., Schubert, C. M.

    This exploratory study investigated the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college-student perceived and physiological stress the week prior to final exams. Students (n=78) were randomly assigned to order of a therapy-dog intervention and attention-control condition, each 15 minutes long....

  3. Behavioral responses of nursing home residents to visits from a person with a dog, a robot seal or a toy cat

    Contributor(s):: Thodberg, K., Sorensen, L. U., Videbech, P. B., Poulsen, P. H., Houbak, B., Damgaard, V., Keseler, I., Edwards, D., Christensen, J. W.

    Previous studies suggest that contact with dogs can positively affect the wellbeing of elderly people in nursing homes, but there is a lack of research investigating the causal pathways of these effects. One such pathway may relate to the behavioral responses of the elderly when interacting with...

  4. Social dominance and legitimizing myths about animal use

    Contributor(s):: Jackson, L. M., Gibbings, A.

    The present study tested the hypothesis that the relation between social dominance orientation and the endorsement of legitimizing myths about the human use of nonhuman animals is moderated by the salience of that use. Eighty-two student participants read an article about agriculture that focused...

  5. Behavioral and self-report measures influencing children's reported attachment to their dog

    Contributor(s):: Hall, N. J., Liu, JingWen, Kertes, D., Wynne, C. D. L.

    Despite the prevalence of dogs as family pets and increased scientific interest in canine behavior, few studies have investigated characteristics of the child or dog that influence the child-dog relationship. In the present study, we explored how behavioral and some self-report measures influence...

  6. A randomized cross-over exploratory study of the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college student stress before final exams

    Contributor(s):: Barker, S. B., Barker, R. T., McCain, N. L., Schubert, C. M.

    This exploratory study investigated the effect of visiting therapy dogs on college-student perceived and physiological stress the week prior to final exams. Students ( n=78) were randomly assigned to order of a therapy-dog intervention and attention-control condition, each 15 minutes long....

  7. An investigation of the Rusbult Investment Model of commitment in relationships with pets

    Contributor(s):: Baker, Z. G., Petit, W. E., Brown, C. M.

    The present research examines relationships between people and their pets through the lens of the Rusbult Investment Model. The Rusbult Investment Model identifies important antecedents to commitment in a relationship: satisfaction with the relationship, quality of alternatives to the...

  8. Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies: The Measuring of Equine Temperament

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    | Contributor(s):: Howard, Thecla Helmbrecht

    The field of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) is growing in popularity as an alternative healing approach. However, there is a paucity of peer-reviewed research on the horses who serve as equal partners in EAAT. The purpose of this quantitative study was to discover the impact of...

  9. Dominance, egalitarianism and friendship at a dog daycare facility

    | Contributor(s):: Trisko, Rebecca K.

  10. Service dogs for individuals with disabilities: What happens after the honeymoon is over?

    | Contributor(s):: Shubert, Janice L.

  11. The Therapeutic Power of Dogs in Private Practice

    | Contributor(s):: Pollard-Johnson, Kimberly A.

  12. El vinculo humano-animal: Un acercamiento fenomenologico a la relacion entre las personas y sus animales de compania

    | Contributor(s):: Melendez Samo, Liza Michelle

  13. Social familiarity as a predictor of observational learning in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris)

    | Contributor(s):: Gent, Lana M.

  14. A mixed methods exploratory study of alleged telepathic interspecies communication with domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)

    | Contributor(s):: Erickson, Deborah L.

  15. Dog owner personality, owner interaction with dog, and dog aggression

    | Contributor(s):: Daye, Melanie

  16. Our unconscious bridge to nature: the role of pets and animal views in a person's environmental attitudes, conservation habits, and scientific knowledge

    | Contributor(s):: Chomey, Ariel

  17. Does learning to train dogs reduce the noncompliant/aggressive classroom behaviors of students with behavior disorders?

    | Contributor(s):: Siegel, Wendy Lowe

  18. Social learning: An investigation into observational learning in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris)

    | Contributor(s):: Gent, Lana M.

  19. Specific concept formation in horses: You sure look familiar

    | Contributor(s):: Stone, Sherril M.

  20. Studies on the influence of human characteristics and training on stockperson work performance and farm animal behaviour

    | Contributor(s):: Beveridge, Laura M.