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  1. Pet therapy - a new concept in human health care

    Contributor(s):: Utpal, Das, Basudeb, Mukherjee

    The use of animal assisted therapy or pet therapy in human health care is presented. The beneficial effects of pets on human behaviour are discussed. Focus is given to one of the most common pets of man, the dog.

  2. The value of service dogs for people with severe ambulatory disabilities. A randomized controlled trial

    Contributor(s):: Allen, K., Blascovich, J.

  3. Dogs for the disabled: benefits to recipients and welfare of the dog

    Contributor(s):: Lane, D. R., McNicholas, J., Collis, G. M.

  4. Comparison of the short-term effects of horse trekking and exercising with a riding simulator on autonomic nervous activity

    Contributor(s):: Matsuura, A., Nagai, N., Funatsu, A., Irimajiri, M., Yamazaki, A., Hodate, K.

    The aim of this study was to determine whether sympathetic and/or parasympathetic nervous activities were altered after horse trekking (HT) and exercise with a riding simulator (RS). Changes in heart rate variability (HRV), salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) activity, and psychological states were...

  5. Dog-assisted therapy in the treatment of chronic schizophrenia inpatients

    Contributor(s):: Villalta-Gin, V., Roca, M., Gonzalez, N., Domenec, E., Cuca, Escanilla, A., Asensio, M. R., Esteban, M. E., Ochoa, S., Haro, J. M.

    Patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia living in long-term care units show high levels of disability. The present study aimed to assess the effectiveness of including a trained therapy dog in an intervention program applied to institutionalized patients with chronic schizophrenia. A...

  6. Dog-resident interactions in a Japanese retirement home

    Contributor(s):: Koda, N., Yanai, J.

    We observed a dog visitation program in a geriatric retirement home in Japan, to obtain quantitative data on the human-dog interactions. Seven volunteer handlers and seven adult pet dogs were divided into two groups. Each group visited the home on one of two activity days each month for 18...

  7. Dogs, cats and horses: their different representations in the minds of typical and clinical populations of children

    Contributor(s):: Maurer, M., Delfour, F., Wolff, M., Adrien, J. L.

    Programs using dogs, cats, and horses as adjuncts in educational or therapeutic activities for children are well documented, even if little is known about the distinction made by children with regard to specific animals. This study explores children's thoughts about these three different animals....

  8. Dolphin-assisted therapy: changes in interaction and communication between children with severe disabilities and their caregivers

    Contributor(s):: Breitenbach, E., Stumpf, E., Fersen, L. v, Ebert, H.

    The goal of this study was to test if dolphin-assisted therapy could be an effective therapeutic intervention for children with significant social and communication disabilities. Furthermore, it was crucial to determine the relative importance of the dolphin and the parent consultation factors...

  9. Effectiveness of short-term dolphin-assisted therapy for children with severe disabilities

    Contributor(s):: Nathanson, D. E., Castro, D. de, Friend, H., McMahon, M.

    The effectiveness of two week dolphin-assisted therapy was compared to the effectiveness of six month conventional physical and speech-language therapy. Data were analyzed using a multiple baseline single subject across settings design, for 47 children with severe disabilities (20 females, 27...

  10. Impact of different groups of swimmers on dolphins in swim-with-the-dolphin programs in two settings

    Contributor(s):: Brensing, K., Linke, K., Busch, M., Matthes, I., Woude, S. E. van der

    In recent years, dolphin-assisted therapy has become very popular, and an increasing number of facilities worldwide are offering therapy programs that incorporate dolphins. We observed 83 sessions with five dolphins at "Dolphins Plus," USA, and 37 sessions with 13 dolphins at "Dolphin Reef."...

  11. Influence of a capuchin monkey companion on the social life of a person with quadriplegia: an experimental study

    Contributor(s):: Hien, E., Deputte, B. L.

    As a consequence of a severe reduction in their autonomy, the social life of people with quadriplegia becomes highly routine. In addition, the social environment becomes very limited because people without disabilities may feel awkward around, or have an aversion to, people with quadriplegia. A...

  12. Reinforcement effectiveness of animatronic and real dolphins

    Contributor(s):: Nathanson, D. E.

    Dolphin Human Therapy uses Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) as reinforcement in rehabilitation for children with disabilities. But dolphins are expensive to use and subject to many environmental, administrative/legal and practical limitations. An alternative reinforcer, an...

  13. Social effects of a dog's presence on children with disabilities

    Contributor(s):: Esteves, S. W., Stokes, T.

    Productive and positive interactions between dogs and humans have been documented in studies using dogs trained as companion animals and as assistants for people with disabilities. In this study, the effects of the presence of a dog on social interactions between three 5-9-year-old children with...

  14. Predicting quality of life outcomes as a guide for decision-making: the challenge of hitting a moving target

    Contributor(s):: McMillan, F. D.

    In animal care, when current decisions are made to maximise long-term quality of life (QoL), a key necessity is being able to make accurate predictions about how current choices will affect the animal's future QoL. However, in the procession of any individual's life, many factors that influence...

  15. Welfare concerns associated with pedigree dog breeding in the UK

    Contributor(s):: Rooney, N. J., Sargan, D. R.

    In the UK, numerous pedigree dogs of many breeds experience compromised welfare due to the direct and indirect effects of selective breeding. Many breeds are selected to have physical conformations which, although perceived by some to be desirable, have direct negative effects upon their welfare....

  16. [New horizons in the human-animal relationship. Therapy and assistance by the use of animals (pet therapy)]

    Contributor(s):: Bonofiglio, T.

  17. After the ADA: service dogs on inpatient psychiatric units

    Contributor(s):: Houghtalen, R. P., Doody, J.

  18. Social acknowledegments for children with disabilities: effects of service dogs

    Contributor(s):: Mader, B., Hart, L. A., Bergin, B.

  19. The effect of service dogs on the improvement of health-related quality of life

    Contributor(s):: Shintani, M., Senda, M., Takayanagi, T., Katayama, Y., Furusawa, K., Okutani, T., Kataoka, M., Ozaki, T.

  20. Making clients with disabilities feel welcome

    Contributor(s):: Eames, E., Eames, T.