The Perceived and Actual Impact of Outdoor Domestic Cats on Local Ecology in Massachusetts, and the Effects of Education on Cat Owner Behavior
| Contributor(s):: Olivia Shraibati, Christian Zelaya
This project, Impact of Outdoor Cats and Educational Effects on Cat Owners, created a survey to assess the perceived ecological impact of domestic cats by residents of Massachusetts. It found that cat owners were overwhelmingly unaware of the full effects of their pet’s predation habits....
Measuring Attachments Between Dogs and Their Owners
| 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...
Canine Aggression: Understanding Owner Beliefs about the Biological Locus of Origin for Rehabilitation of Aggressive Behavior
| Contributor(s):: Destiny DeHart
The topic of canine aggression– threatening or hostile behavior involving actual and or potential harm to another – invokes many emotional responses due to the often violent connotations regarding aggressive canines. Research focusing on various methods of rehabilitation has...
Investigating Attachment Behavior in Shelter Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Anamarie Johnson
The strength and nature of the social connection between humans and dogs is a product of a long history of domestication. This study, conducted at a municipal shelter in Northern California using a modified Strange Situation Test, investigated the hypothesis that human-dog interactions will...
In the Eyes of the Beholder: Pet Owners' Attitude Toward Animals and Perception of Their Pet's Behavior
| Contributor(s):: Suzanne K. Remito
This study explored the relationship between pet owners’ attitude toward animals and perception of their pet’s behavior. Pet owners completed an online questionnaire regarding their pro-animal welfare attitude and pet’s behavior. The results indicate that gender and previous pet...
Social Worker Perceptions of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
| Contributor(s):: Melanie Woolen
This research study examines factors that influence a social worker’s willingness to utilize animals in therapy, specifically equine assisted psychotherapy. Equine assisted psychotherapy is an experiential therapy involving horses for the treatment of mental and...
Caracterização dos comportamentos de tutores de animais de estimação numa amostra não probabilística
| Contributor(s):: Zélia Irina Lucas Rebelo
O presente estudo tem como objectivo caracterizar o comportamento dos tutores de animais utilizando uma amostra não-probabilística. Neste contexto, foi elaborado um questionário online conduzido entre Março de 2014 e Julho de 2014, que consiste em 31 questões...
Maneig dels símptomes psicològics i conductuals de la demència en persones institucionalitzades: disseny d'una intervenció de teràpia assistida amb gossos
| Contributor(s):: Danae Montañés Bernad
L’envelliment de la població comportarà un gran augment en la prevalença de demències, i més en pacients institucionalitzats. Les repercussions de la malaltia, que no només afecten la persona, sinó també l’entorn sociofamiliar,...
Contribuição para o reconhecimento da dor oncológica em cães : possíveis indicadores de qualidade de vida e bem-estar
| Contributor(s):: Catarina Sofia Ferreira Duarte
A avaliação da dor nos animais de companhia é complexa e desafiante, existindo poucos estudos relativos à dor oncológica. O objectivo deste estudo consistiu pois na investigação de possíveis indicadores da qualidade de vida e bem-estar em...
The effects of pets on schizophrenics in a day treatment program
| Contributor(s):: Carol Lynne Eyster
In an effort to record the therapeutic effects of animals, three rabbits were introduced into a group therapy setting. Eight subjects (two female, six male) having the diagnosis of schizophrenia, chronic type and participating in a day treatment program were observed by four trained observers....
The Role of Experience in the Human Perception of Emotion in Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Michele Wan
To investigate the role of experience in interspecific emotion perception, humans with various levels of dog experience provided their interpretations of emotion in dogs using the dogs' visual signals (body language). First, a set of 30 short videos of dogs was assembled, and a panel of eight...
Health-related quality of life and pet ownership among online university workers
| Contributor(s):: Maynard, Pamela L.
Dog Parks: Benefits and Liabilities
| Contributor(s):: Laurel Allen
Dog parks have emerged in the last decade or so as places for pet owners living in suburban and urban areas to exercise their dogs. Providing a safe environment for both dog and human is a tremendous challenge. If done correctly a dog park can be that place. In the 1950s and 1960s, some state and...
Differences in romantic relationship satisfaction and health as a function of pet preference
| Contributor(s):: Trisko, Jenna
Behavioral assessment of aggression towards humans in the domestic dog
| Contributor(s):: Donaldson, Tammy McCormick
Effects of dog walking, walking, and pet presence on women's stress levels
| Contributor(s):: Lacey, Annette
Care and Companionism: Animal Ethics at the End of Life
| Contributor(s):: Casie Jean Dunleavy, Deborah Slicer (adviser)
In this philosophical project, I discuss the different kinds of companion animal and human relations, or in other words, and provide an argument that specifies our ethical obligations to the animals we live with—-our ‘pets.’ In the first chapter, I suggest that there are three types of...