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  1. 4Gold Service and Rescue

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    4Gold Service and Rescue's mission is to enrich, and even save, the lives of community members with special medical or ability needs in which the assistance of a service animal can enable them to experience independence, peace of mind, and companionship, and to advocate on their behalf.

  2. Bale's Buddies Therapy Dogs

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    Bale's Buddies was founded in 2016, the result of our love of dogs and our personal challenge with one of our fabulous children – Harry’s Autism diagnosis.

  3. Critical Evaluation of the Use of Dogs in Biomedical Research and Testing in Europe

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    | Contributor(s):: Nina Hasiwa, Jarrod Bailey, Peter Clausing, Mardas Daneshian, Sándor Farkas, István Gyertyán, Robert Hubrecht, Werner Kobel, Goran Krummenacher, Marcel Leist, Hannes Lohi, Adám Miklósi, Frauke Ohl, Klaus Olejniczak, Georg Schmitt, Patrick Sinnett-Smith, David Smith, Kristina Wagner, James D. Yager, Joanne Zurlo, Thomas Hartung

    Dogs are sometimes referred to as “man’s best friend” and with the increase in urbanization and lifestyle changes, dogs are seen by their owners as family members. Society expresses specific concerns about the experimental use of dogs, as they are sometimes perceived to have a...

  4. A Randomized Cross-Over Field Study of Pre-Hydration Strategies in Dogs Tracking in Hot Environments

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    | Contributor(s):: Greta M. Niedermeyer, Elizabeth Hare, Leslie K. Brunker, Richard A. Berk, Kathleen M. Kelsey, Tracy A. Darling, Jess L. Nord, Kasey K. Schmidt, Cynthia M. Otto

    The objective of this study was to evaluate 4 pre-exercise hydration strategies (oral water, chicken-flavored water, chicken-flavored oral electrolyte solution, and subcutaneous electrolyte solution) in working dogs conducting rigorous tracking operations in hot and arid conditions. In a...

  5. Depression, anxiety, and happiness in dog owners and potential dog owners during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Francois Martin, Katherine E. Bachert, LeAnn Snow, Hsiao-Wei Tu, Julien Belahbib, Sandra A. Lyn

    Major life events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, affect psychological and physiological health. Social support, or the lack thereof, can modulate these effects. The context of the COVID-19 pandemic offered a unique opportunity to better understand how dogs may provide social support for their...

  6. Fetching Interactive Dog Occupier (FIDO)

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    | Contributor(s):: Hannah Katherine Brown, Rebecca Ruth Renner, Michael Ezra Goldman, Domenic James Mucci, Harry Atwood Lanphear, Gregory F. Shannon

    Dogs require exercise and play to stimulate them both mentally and physically, frequently through the game of “fetch”. However, physically disabled dog owners may lack the strength or endurance to play with their pets. We developed a prototype for an autonomous fetching...

  7. Early-emerging and highly heritable sensitivity to human communication in dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Emily E. Bray, Gitanjali E. Gnanadesikan, Daniel J. Horschler, Kerinne M. Levy, Brenda S. Kennedy, Thomas R. Famula, Evan L. MacLean

    Human cognition is believed to be unique in part because of early-emerging social skills for cooperative communication.1 Comparative studies show that at 2.5 years old, children reason about the physical world similarly to other great apes, yet already possess cognitive skills for cooperative...

  8. Current Standards and Practices Within the Therapy Dog Industry: Results of a Representative Survey of United States Therapy Dog Organizations

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    | Contributor(s):: James A. Serpell, Katherine A. Kruger, Lisa M. Freeman, James A. Griffin, Zenithson Y. Ng

    Organizations that deliver animal-assisted interventions (AAIs), as well as those that train, evaluate, and register therapy dogs, have proliferated in recent decades in the United States (U.S.). Each of these organizations has its own policies and procedures for screening, evaluating, and...

  9. Reproductive and Behavioral Evaluation of a New Immunocastration Dog Vaccine

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    | Contributor(s):: Daniela Siel, María José Ubilla, Sonia Vidal, Alexandra Loaiza, John Quiroga, Federico Cifuentes, Timothy Hardman, Lisette Lapierre, Rodolfo Paredes, Leonardo Sáenz

    Canine immunocastration development has been of interest for many years as a complementary strategy to surgical castration. The purpose of this paper was to verify the effect of a recombinant vaccine for dog immunocastration. Two tests were done, one under controlled conditions and a second...

  10. Effects of a Novel Gel Formulation of Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) on Behavioral and Physiological Stress Responses in Dogs Undergoing Clinical Examination

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    | Contributor(s):: Puglisi, Ivana, Masucci, Marisa, Cozzi, Alessandro, Teruel, Eva, Navarra, Michele, Cirmi, Santa, Pennisi, Maria Grazia, Siracusa, Carlo

    The veterinary visit is necessary for safeguarding the health of dogs, but it can be stressful and threaten both the welfare of the patient and the accuracy of the examination. This randomized, triple-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study aims at evaluating how dog appeasing pheromone...

  11. Assistance dogs for military veterans with PTSD: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-synthesis

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    | Contributor(s):: Leighton, S. C., Nieforth, L. O., O'Haire, M. E.

    Psychiatric assistance dogs for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) currently make up over 19% of assistance dog partnerships globally. We conducted a systematic review of the literature relating to these partnerships, with specific aims to (1) summarize their...

  12. Effects of a Dog-Assisted Social- and Emotional-Competence Training for Prisoners: A Controlled Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Hediger, K., Marti, R., Urfer, V., Schenk, A., Gutwein, V., Dörr, C.

    BACKGROUND: Previous research has called for improving psychological interventions and developing new treatments for prisoners. Animal-assisted prison-based programmes have increasingly been used as an approach, but there is a lack of studies investigating the effectiveness of such programmes....

  13. Selection Factors Influencing Eventual Owner Satisfaction about Pet Dog Adoption

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    | Contributor(s):: Dinwoodie, Ian R., Zottola, Vivian, Kubitz, Karla, Dodman, Nicholas H.

    Personal likes, experience, and deep-rooted interests to satisfy emotional needs such as companionship, affection, empathy, and security are some of the underlying human motivations for acquiring a pet companion. In this study, we asked how long the owner took to decide whether to adopt a dog,...

  14. Analysis of factors affecting the behaviour of both dogs during a Strange Situation Procedure (SSP) to assess intraspecific attachment

    | Contributor(s):: Riggio, Giacomo, Gazzano, Angelo, Campera, Marco, Borrelli, Carmen, Mariti, Chiara

  15. Behavioral rehabilitation of extremely fearful dogs: Report on the efficacy of a treatment protocol

    | Contributor(s):: Collins, Kristen, Miller, Katherine, Zverina, Lauren, Patterson-Kane, Emily, Cussen, Victoria, Reid, Pamela

  16. The effect of auditory stimulation on pet dogs’ reactions to owner separation

    | Contributor(s):: Kinnaird, Rachael F., Wells, Deborah L.

  17. Evaluation of relationships between dogs and owners: the Turkish translation, reliability and validity study of cat/dog owner relationship scale (C/DORS)

    | Contributor(s):: Kaya, U., Ozen, D., Yazlik, M. O., Kosem, S., Gurcan, I. S.

  18. Pet owners' feedback on psychological support service in an Italian veterinary hospital

    | Contributor(s):: Campigli, M., Strizzolo, G., Furlanello, T., Uccheddu, S.

  19. Do Canine and Human Personality Assessments Predict Successful Adoptions?

    | Contributor(s):: Walker, Sheryl L., Weng, Hsin-Yi, Ogata, Niwako, Anderson, Kathryn G.

  20. Dog and cat as a mirror of the human soul? Qualitative evaluation of a pre-post interventionHund und Katze als Spiegel der menschlichen Seele? - Eine Prei-Post-Lnterventionsstudie mit qualitativer Evaluation

    | Contributor(s):: Hopf, J., Edelhauser, F., Neumann, M.