Animal-companion depictions in women's magazine advertising
Contributor(s):: Patricia F. Kennedy, Mary G. McGarvey
Via a content analysis of 1398 advertisements that include both people and pets and that appeared in women's magazines over a period of four decades, this study examines the changing roles played by companion animals and the changes in themes used in these advertisements. Considering both the...
Can we live without a dog? Consumption life cycles in dog-owner relationships
Contributor(s):: Tony Ellson
This article uses an observational study of dog ownership to explicate understanding of consumer behavior in the marketing of pet and pet-related products. A close examination of the relationship between dog and dog owner reveals more than metaphorical parallels in consumer behavior. Dog...
Ethnic variations in pet attachment among students at an American school of veterinary medicine
Contributor(s):: S. E. Brown
This study explores ethnic variations in animal companion ("pet") attachment among 133 students enrolled in a school of veterinary medicine. The 57 White and 76 African American participants completed surveys that included background information, several questions about their animal companions,...
Owner-companion dog interactions: relationships between demographic variables, potentially problematic behaviours, training engagement and shared activities
| Contributor(s):: Pauleen Charmayne Bennett, Vanessa Ilse Rohlf
Many companion dogs occupy a privileged position in our society, living closely with human caretakers who go to great lengths to provide for their needs and desires. Others fare less well, being abandoned or killed, many because they are believed to exhibit behaviour problems. The aim in this...
Understanding dog-human companionship
| Contributor(s):: Michael J. Dotson, Eva M. Hyatt
This article reports a survey of 749 dog owners. The survey focuses on owners' interactions with their dogs. This research identifies seven underlying dimensions that comprise the construct of dog companionship. The dimensions include symbiotic relationship, dog-oriented self concept,...
"Calm or Chaos" : assessing the human-animal bond and its relationship in our lives.
| Contributor(s):: Joanna Keegan
The aim of this study was to assess the human-animal bond and investigate the benefits animals have on our lives. The sample consisted of 135 pet owners, of which 45 were males and 90 were females. Quantitative analysis was used as the research method for this study. The findings indicated that...
"My Baby is a Dog": Exploration of Pet Parent Identity
| Contributor(s):: Lacey Y. Boston, Barbara Keating (adviser)
This quantitative research examined dog owners (n = 100) regarding their relationship with their pets. After beginning to treat her own dog as a child she questioned what happens when a human child enters a family and what impact that has on the pet owners' identity. The researcher...
"Not just a dog": an attachment perspective on relationships with assistance dogs
| Contributor(s):: Kwong, Marilyn Joanne, Kim Bartholomew
I explored individuals’ relationships with an assistance dog and their experiences of loss from an attachment-theory perspective. I used a hybrid process of inductive and deductive thematic methods to analyze semi-structured interviews with 25 participants. These analyses revealed genuine...
"Pet therapy" : a study and resource guide for the use of companion animals in selected therapies
| Contributor(s):: Arkow, Phil
'Doing good by proxy': human-animal kinship and the 'donation' of canine blood
| Contributor(s):: Ashall, V., Hobson-West, P.
This article demonstrates the relevance of animals to medical sociology by arguing that pet owners’ accounts of veterinary decision‐making can highlight key sociological themes which are important to both human and animal health. Based on semi‐structured interviews, the article argues...
4-H Women and Their Horses: An Extraordinary Relationship with an Extraordinary Animal
| Contributor(s):: Janet Kiser Lambarth
There is minimal research on the large animal-human companionship bond. The purposes of the phenomenological study reported here were to identify the meaning of the relationship between women and their horses and the impact on their adult lives of the human-horse bond. Analysis is based on...
A case for a naturalistic perspective
| Contributor(s):: Paxton, D. W.
This paper continues the debate on a unifying theory of the human-companion animal bond, begun in the first volume of Anthrozoos by Kidd and Kidd (1987:140-57). Research is cited in which the relationship between people and the dog is the case study. It is argued that the animal-animal model may...
A case for a naturalistic perspective: response to Paxton
| Contributor(s):: Lawrence, E. A.
The author "suggest[s] that one of the most appropriate existing explanations of the human–animal bond is the idea of biophilia — the presence of an innate tendency of human beings to relate to and affiliate with other forms of life."
A longitudinal test of the belief that companion animal ownership can help reduce loneliness
| Contributor(s):: Gilbey, A., McNicholas, J., Collis, G. M.
The widely held belief that companion animal ownership can help to reduce loneliness was tested using a quasi-experimental longitudinal design. Over a six-month period, 59 participants completed the UCLA-Loneliness Scale when they were seeking to acquire a companion animal. Participants'...
A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Child-Dog Relationship in Healthy Weight and Overweight/Obese Children
| Contributor(s):: Deborah Linder
A review of the human–horse relationship
| Contributor(s):: Martine Hausberger, Hélène Rochea, Séverine Henrya, E. Kathalijne Visser
Despite a long history of human–horse relationship, horse-related incidents and accidents do occur amongst professional and non professional horse handlers. Recent studies show that their occurrence depend more on the frequency and amount of interactions with horses than on the level of...
A study of use patterns, user satisfaction and willingness to pay for off-leash dog parks: Post-occupancy evaluations of four dog parks in Texas and Florida
| Contributor(s):: Lee, Hyung-Sook
The growing importance of dogs in people’s lives and in high-density urban environments has increased demand for a place where people and their dogs can interact and exercise together. The recent increase in the number of dog parks across the country is evidence of these demands of dog...
A village dog is not a stray : human-dog interactions in coastal Mexico
| Contributor(s):: Eliza Ruiz Izaguirre
Dogs (Canis familiaris) are considered one of the most numerous carnivores worldwide. Although in the Global North dogs are popular companions, that live inside homes, about 80% of the dogs in the world are village dogs. Village dogs are typically free-roaming, scavenge refuse around human...
Abuse, Attachment and Animal Assisted Activities
| Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Gallagher
In the effort to take responsibly and effect positive change in the lives of our children, we must begin by identifying and applying the most effective methods to help them overcome obstacles to mental and emotional well-being. In conjunction with a limited number of quantitative studies,...
Actions Speak Louder than Words: Close Relationships between Humans and Nonhuman Animals
| Contributor(s):: Sanders, Clinton R.