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  1. In-Person Caretaker Visits Disrupt Ongoing Discomfort Behavior in Hospitalized Equine Orthopedic Surgical Patients

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    | Contributor(s):: Catherine Torcivia, Sue McDonnell

    Horses have evolved to show little indication of discomfort or disability when in the presence of potential predators, including humans. This natural characteristic complicates the recognition of pain in equine patients. It has been our clinical impression that, whenever a person is present,...

  2. 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.

  3. Improvising care: Managing experimental animals at a Japanese laboratory

    | Contributor(s):: Suzuki, Wakana

  4. Assistive Device Use among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Profile of Canadians Using Hearing, Vision, and Mobility Devices in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

    | Contributor(s):: Ishigami, Yoko, Jutai, Jeffrey, Kirkland, Susan

    There is increasing recognition that using assistive devices can support healthy aging. Minimizing discomfort and loss of function and increasing independence can have a substantial impact physically, psychologically, and financially on persons with functional impairments and resulting activity...

  5. Impact of prenatal stress and environmental enrichment prior to weaning on activity and social behaviour of piglets (Sus scrofa)

    | Contributor(s):: Brajon, Sophie, Ringgenberg, Nadine, Torrey, Stephanie, Bergeron, Renée, Devillers, Nicolas

    Prenatal stress (PNS) can have detrimental effects on behaviour and welfare, such as decreased exploration. Whether housing enrichment before weaning compensate negative effect of PNS in commercial pigs is unknown. To address this question, 44 sows were assigned to either a mixing stress (T) or a...

  6. Feature Story: Therapy dogs bring relief for stressed-out students

    | Contributor(s):: Costa Maragos

    Dogs can bring great comfort to people dealing with stress. Now research shows there are many therapeutic benefits to bringing therapy dogs to university campuses to help stressed-out students, particularly during final exam time. “We found that dogs offer students love and support. This is...

  7. Comfort of Animals: Effects of An Animal's Presence on Stress

    | Contributor(s):: Melanie R. Gillan

  8. Will Animal Assisted Therapy Result in Shorter Length of Stay for Hospitalized Patients and Improve Basic Needs Status and Physical Outcomes Such as Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Pain?

    | Contributor(s):: Mary Lynn Zaremba

    Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been thought to have a therapeutic effect upon humans, especially those individuals who are confined due to age or illness. Human-animal contact encourages socialization for the lonely; it promotes movement in the relatively immobile, and may serve as a memory...

  9. K9th Circuit Program

    The need for trauma sensitive courts is being recognized in courts throughout the nation. This need is clearly evident when children become involved in the court system as victims of abuse. To address this need, the Ninth Judicial Circuit established the K9th Circuit Program. The program,...

  10. Artwork for Animals: Gina Anderson at TEDxWindham

    | Contributor(s):: Gina Anderson

    Creating artwork for animals is a dynamic new idea to comfort our pets and express our feelings for them in a way they can appreciate.After twenty years as a human factors engineer, Gina Anderson is now taking her knowledge of how people interact with technology and applying it to her work as a...

  11. Where to Put Your Choker

    | Contributor(s):: Roger A. Mugford

    The choke chain has come to be regarded as an indispensable aid to training dogs, but even the most time-hallowed practices deserve an occasional critical review. The author has recently completed an investigation into the uses and abuses of choke chains, and failed to find any benefit from using...

  12. The Influence of Pet Gender and Instructors' Gender on Students' Perception of Comfort and Approachability to Pet-Owning Professors

    | Contributor(s):: Douglas James Anastasia

    College students may psychologically benefit from the presence of a pet dog in a professor's office, while instructors may be perceived as more approachable to their student body simply by having their pet dog present. Research indicates that people are sometimes perceived more positively...

  13. University of Denver: Philip Tedeschi at TEDxDU

    Our pets are our family. Phil (and friend Samantha) share new insights into the importance of animals as sources of comfort and aid to people suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, trauma and other life issues. 

  14. Comfort Only a Canine Companion Can Provide: An Interview with Stephanie Perkins

    04 Aug 2015 | Posted by Katie Carroll

    Testifying in court is often nerve-wracking and distressing for people.  However, when a child victim is asked to testify about a sexual abuse case, a whole new level of anxiety is present....

    https://habricentral.org/members/2412/blog/2015/08/comfort-only-a-canine-companion-can-provide-an-interview-with-stephanie-perkins

  15. Physiological, physical and behavioural changes in dogs (Canis familiaris) when kennelled: testing the vailidity of stress parameters

    | Contributor(s):: Cherie Elizabeth Part, Jenna L Kiddie, William Hayes, Daniel Mills, Rachel F Neville, David B Morton, Lisa M Collins

    Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) housed in kennelling establishments are considered at risk of suffering poor welfare. Previous research supporting this hypothesis has typically used cortisol:creatinine ratios (C/Cr) to measure acute and chronic stress in kennelled dogs. However, the value of...

  16. Ottawa Therapy Dogs Inc.

    Ottawa Therapy Dogs is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that provides animal-assisted therapy throughout the National Capital Region. Each year, more than 1,000 people benefit from our therapy dog programs and services.

  17. Compassionate Paws Inc.

    Compassionate Paws, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to placing specially trained service dogs to provide safety and comfort for individuals living with the effects of Autism and the families that love them so dearly.

  18. Comfort dogs at 2014 Boston Marathon

    Forum › general-discussion › the-human-animal-bond-in-the-media

    Boston Magazine and Dogtime.com report that the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs had a team available at the Boston Marathon yesterday. The group has had the canines available several...

    https://habricentral.org/forum/general-discussion/the-human-animal-bond-in-the-media/380

  19. Canines in the Courtroom

    | Contributor(s):: Debra S. Hart-Cohen

    This article discusses the growing interest in using therapy dogs in courtrooms.

  20. By Helping a Girl Testify at a Rape Trial, a Dog Ignites a Legal Debate

    | Contributor(s):: William Glaberson

    Rosie, the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York, strikes up debate over the lagality of having dogs present in the courtroom.