Dog Days of Final Exams: Using Canine-Assisted Therapy to Reduce Stress and Improve Mood Among Community College Students
| Contributor(s):: Stephanie Quintana, Michelle Borckardt, Tanvi Aditya
The following paper represents research conducted by members of the Collin College chapter of Psi Beta National Honor Society. Psi Beta is the national psychology honor society for two-year colleges whose mission is “promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership,...
Scam 'Service Dog' Industry Thrives On Lack Of Federal Regulations
| Contributor(s):: Robin Young, Serena McMahon
Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association (LTRA)
The Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association offers individuals with special needs hands-on instruction in riding and horse care to exercise the body and spirit.
Dogs Helping Heroes
Dogs Helping Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping restore lost freedom and peace of mind to wounded veterans, first responders, and Gold Star Families by gifting specially trained and certified assistance dogs. Our inspiration is to improve the daily lives of those we can...
Forgotten, But Not Lost—Alloparental Behavior and Pup–Adult Interactions in Companion Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Péter Pongrácz, Sára S. Sztruhala
Socialization with humans is known to be a pivotal factor in the development of appropriate adult dog behavior, but the role and extent of dog–dog interactions in the first two months of life is rarely studied. Although various forms of alloparental behaviors are described in the case of...
Southern Suburbs Hippotherapy
Providing occupational therapy for children via hippotherapy.
The Effectiveness of Dog Population Management: A Systematic Review
| Contributor(s):: Lauren M. Smith, Sabine Hartmann, Alexandru M. Munteanu, Paolo Dalla Villa, Rupert J. Quinnell, Lisa M. Collins
The worldwide population of domestic dogs is estimated at approximately 700 million, with around 75% classified as “free-roaming”. Where free-roaming dogs exist in high densities, there are significant implications for public health, animal welfare, and wildlife. Approaches to...
A Review of the Impact of Neuter Status on Expression of Inherited Conditions in Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Anita M. Oberbauer, Janelle M. Belanger, Thomas R. Famula
Gonadectomy is an important reproductive management tool employed in many countries, and is highly prevalent in the US with an estimated 85% of dogs being neutered. Despite the societal benefits in pet population control, negative associations between neuter status, and health conditions have...
Introducing a Controlled Outdoor Environment Impacts Positively in Cat Welfare and Owner Concerns: The Use of a New Feline Welfare Assessment Tool
| Contributor(s):: Luciana Santos de Assis, Daniel Simon Mills
There is much debate over the pros and cons of allowing cats to roam freely as opposed to keeping them confined indoors. We surveyed owners who implemented a commercial physical containment system to the outdoors to evaluate their characteristics and the apparent impact of this systemon cat...
Equine Assisted Therapy: A Unique and Effective Intervention
| Contributor(s):: Azmaira H. Maker
Contagious Yawning in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)
| 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...
Salivary Vasopressin as a Potential Non–Invasive Biomarker of Anxiety in Dogs Diagnosed with Separation–Related Problems
| Contributor(s):: Federica Pirrone, Ludovica Pierantoni, Andrea Bossetti, Stefania Uccheddu, Mariangela Albertini
Physiological biomarkers of canine anxiety have not been extensively investigated to date. To identify new biomarkers in dogs, we compared behaviorally normal dogs (Control group, N = 13) to dogs diagnosed with separation problems (Case group, N = 13) as they were introduced into a novel...
Space Coast Therapy Dogs
Since 1992, the mission of Space Coast Therapy Dogs has been to lift spirits, remove anxiety, provide companionship, and eliminate loneliness and despair with incredible volunteers and their companion dogs. We are a local organization based in Brevard County Florida comprised of certified...
Are Underweight Shelter Dogs More Likely to Display Food Aggression toward Humans?
| Contributor(s):: Katherine A. Miller, Emily D. Dolan, Victoria A. Cussen, Pamela J. Reid
It is commonly believed that underweight or emaciated dogs are predisposed to food aggression toward humans. Each year, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) receives hundreds of dogs from criminal cruelty cases. The dogs range from emaciated to overweight. We...
R.E.I.N.B.O.W. Therapy, LLC provides Occupational Therapy services in Massachusetts to children and adults with special needs. R.E.I.N.B.O.W stands for: Rhythmical, Equines, Improve, Neuromusculoskeletal, Balance and, Overall, Well-being
A Review of Contemporary Contraceptives and Sterilization Techniques for Feral Horses
| Contributor(s):: Albert J. Kane
This commentary provides a brief review of the history of contraceptive research eff orts for feral horses (Equus ferus caballus) as well as the contraceptives and sterilization techniques currently available for feral horses. Porcine zona pellucida (PZP) immunocontraceptives have received the...
Using Genetics to Evaluate the Success of a Feral Cat (Felis catus) Control Program in North-Western Australia
| Contributor(s):: Saul Cowen, Lucy Clausen, Dave Algar, Sarah Comer
The feral cat has been implicated in the decline and extinction of many species worldwide and a range of strategies have been devised for its control. A five-year control program using the aerial broadcast of toxic Eradicat® baits was undertaken at Fortescue Marsh in the Pilbara region...
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
| 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...
Bit by Bit
Bit by Bit provides a safe, regularly scheduled equine experience for individuals with special needs. We use equestrian activities to engage the bodies, minds, and spirits of people facing challenges in their lives. Certified professional instructors, trained volunteers, and skilled...
Freedom Paws Service Dogs Foundation
We are dedicated to providing Veterans and First Responders who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with a trained service dog to assist in mitigating life’s daily challenges.