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  1. Therapeutic Benefits of Certified Canines for Veterans with War-Related Trauma Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Smith

    Veterans and their service dogs share a special relationship that is not only a friendship but a working relationship as well. They each give each other something that they cannot get on their own. The purpose of this thesis is to determine the relationship between veterans and their service...

  2. Equine Assisted Programs for Military Service Members: A Program Evaluation Using Importance-Performance Analysis

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    | Contributor(s):: Taylor Hooker

    Developing research, anecdotal evidence and a growing focus on non-pharmacological interventions for veterans with post-traumatic stress support the use equine-therapy as a therapeutic outlet; however, programmatic factors that contribute to veteran’s desire to attend such programs are...

  3. Investigating the Cultural Context for Big Cat Conservation Around the World

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    | Contributor(s):: Kathleen Elizabeth Krafte

    Populations of predators are in decline worldwide as human growth and development destroys and alters their habitats. At the same time, large predators are a tourist attraction in many regions of the world, bringing essential income to governments and local communities. The complex interactions...

  4. The Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on the Attachment Security of Abused Women

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    | Contributor(s):: Ilana B. Silver

    The present study was designed to explore the impact of equine-assisted activities on attachment security among women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Attachment security was assessed at three different time points using the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale (ECR)...

  5. Therapy Dogs in the College Classroom: The Effect of Dogs on Stress, Anxiety, and Spanish L2 Phonological Learning and Performance

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    | Contributor(s):: Elaine Maralee Henry

    Anxiety and stress invoked by the second language classroom setting has the ability to cause numerous detrimental physiological changes which impair the learning process. A more natural, “immersion” type atmosphere is often desired when teaching a second language; however, this is...

  6. Domestic Cat Ethology: Evaluating Social Media for Data Collection

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Casey

    This study looked at whether user-submitted videos of cats could be used to increase understanding of their behavior. The findings suggest that the behaviors observed were consistent with prior research, and contain typical cat behavior. Depending on the research question, user-submitted videos...

  7. Importance of Vaccinating for Canine Parvovirus: Best Practices for Prevention

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    | Contributor(s):: Ariel Gorham

    This University Honors Thesis combines my cutting edge research on canine parvovirus and how to refine professional practice for optimal prevention. Canine parvovirus is a highly transmissible virus that infects the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and spreads through secretions of infected...

  8. Does Clicker Training Lead to Faster Acquisition of Behavior for Dog Owners?

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    | Contributor(s):: Brian J. Burton

    Clicker training is a method of dog training that has increased in popularity over the past 20 years (Feng et al., 2017). However, while there has been an increased use of clicker training, studies examining the claims that clicker training leads to faster acquisition of new behavior (Skinner,...

  9. The Efficacy of Equine Assisted Therapy in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Amy Hofmann

    This study examines the effects of equine-assisted psychotherapies in children with an autism spectrum disorder. The CARS-2 and Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire parent-report questionnaires were used for evaluation, as well open-ended questions. A single researcher contacted and...

  10. The Influence of Pointing Accuracy in an Object-Choice Task with Domestic Horses (Equus caballus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth A. Krisch

    This study evaluated the influence of pointing accuracy and experimenter identity on domestic horse (Equus caballus) behavior in an object-choice task. Results suggest that after receiving inaccurate pointing cues, horses adapt their responses based on their familiarity with an experimenter,...

  11. Determining the Relationship Between Mean Paraspinal Muscle Area Ratios and Percent Inter-Vertebral Foraminal Area Change in Flexion Versus Extension Positions of Military Working Dogs Using Computed Tomography

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    | Contributor(s):: Krystina Lynn Rowland

    Core (paraspinal) muscle strengthening exercises are increasingly applied as methods for management of lower back pain in military working dogs. However, more evidence-based studies are needed to justify these methods. A previous publication correlated increased flexion/extension changes in...

  12. Training a New Trick Using No-Reward Markers: Effects on Dogs' Performance and Stress Behaviors

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    | Contributor(s):: Naomi Rotenberg

    This study explored using no-reward markers (NRMs). Dogs were taught a novel trick. In the IG group dogs’ errors were ignored; in the NRM group they elicited a tone. Performance and stress were evaluated. IG dogs reached higher levels of performance, with no difference in the frequency of...

  13. The Impact of a Canine Assisted Reading Program on a Reluctant Reader's Literacy Learning

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    | Contributor(s):: Samantha Fitch

    This capstone explores the opportunity to provide an alternate reading intervention program to reluctant readers in the comfort of their own home. Canine-assisted reading programs have been implemented in school districts around the country; providing students with a reading partner that will...

  14. Intra-rater and Inter-rater Reliability of the ASPCA's Behavior Evaluation of Fearful Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Matters

    Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of the ASPCA Behavioral Evaluation of fearful dogs was measured. Raters watched recordings of 12 dogs and rated their behaviors. Ratings were analyzed for reliability within and between all raters. Results indicated that frequency of use of the evaluation...

  15. Bonds Beyond Time: Are There Differences In Well-Being, Autonomy, And Bond Between Visually Impaired Individuals With Guide Dogs Versus Pet Dogs?

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicole Yarmolkevich

    Well-being is a broad umbrella term that encompasses an individual’s appraisal of situations and events and their satisfaction with life (Diener, 1994). Research has shown that having a severe disability can negatively impact a person’s sense of well-being. Specifically, research...

  16. Reward Preferences in Domestic Horses (Equus caballus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth E. Jaeger

    The present study examined stress response in domestic horses (Equus caballus) to determine if horses show preference for either traditional or natural horsemanship training methods to test the hypothesis that natural horsemanship would induce less stress. Our results show that natural...

  17. Displays of Jealousy in Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Cassandra D. Beck

    Wolves (Canis Lupis) were domesticated into the common dog (Canis Familiaris) at least 15 thousand years ago. The domestication process changed wolves both physically and neurologically. Dogs now have a unique connection with humans, and display many of the same personality traits and cognitive...

  18. Service Animals in Elementary Classrooms: Examining Educator and Family Perspectives of a Working Service Animal in an Elementary Classroom

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    | Contributor(s):: Jenna Falldorf

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990 by President Bush. Although the ADA includes laws about public access rights for people with disabilities and their service animals, many schools are reluctant to have service animals (that are partnered with children with...

  19. Contagious Yawning in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Ariel M. Lombardo Aghishian

    This study investigates contagious yawning in domestic cats towards their owners, looking at potential links with empathy. Results showed no significant difference in yawning between conditions. The solitary nature of wildcats and their shared ancestor, and the unique social behavior in...

  20. The Use of Trazodone Hydrochloride to Reduce Stress in Dogs During the Transition Period into a Municipal Animal Shelter: Impact on Incidence of Illness, Length of Stay, and Outcome

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer L. Abrams

    A large municipal animal shelter in NYC gave dogs low doses of trazodone hydrochloride at the time of intake to evaluate its efficacy in reducing transitional stress. Statistically significant decreases in illness rate and length of stay and increase in adoption rate were observed in the dogs...