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  1. Exploring Social Desirability Bias in Perceptions of Dog Adoption: All's Well that Ends Well? Or Does the Method of Adoption Matter?

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    | Contributor(s):: Courtney Bir, Nicole Olynk Widmar, Candace Croney

    Dogs are a popular companion animal in the United States; however, dog acquisition is often a contentious subject. Adoption is often cited as an ethical and popular method of acquisition but interpretation of the term ‘adoption’ may vary. In a nationally representative survey of the...

  2. "We Always Hurt the Things We Love"—Unnoticed Abuse of Companion Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Bernard E. Rollin

    Despite the fact that companion animals enjoy the status of “members of the family” in contemporary society, there are numerous diseases affecting the longevity of these animals and their quality of life. Some of the most pervasive and damaging problems accrue to pedigreed animals...

  3. Dogs on the Frontier: Human-Canine Relationships in Central Kentucky, 1770-1792

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrew P Patrick

    Dogs played utilitarian roles, as hunting partners, sentries and trackers that provided assistance in the difficult physical landscape, but they also filled setters’ less obvious, psychological needs by serving as companions or by helping humans assert their dominance over the threats...

  4. The Effect of Interaction with Therapy Horses on University Students' Perceived Stress Level

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexa Chapman

    This research project investigates how university students are affected by interacting with therapy horses. Stress is the factor that will be evaluated in this particular study. The self-rated stress scores will be acquired from University of Arkansas students both before and after interacting...

  5. Effect of a Standardized Four-Week Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning Training Program on Pre-Existing Veterinary Fear in Companion Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Anastasia Stellato, Sarah Jajou, Cate E. Dewey, Tina M. Widowski, Lee Niel

    Many dogs show signs of fear during veterinary appointments. It is widely recommended to use desensitization and counter-conditioning training to reduce this fear. However, the efficacy of this method for reducing veterinary fear has not been examined. We assessed the effect of a standardized...

  6. The new "normal" world - post-COVID-19 pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Erasmo de Oliveira

    The new "normal" world - post-COVID-19 pandemicA lecture by ErasmoDEOLIVEIRABringing trustable information about the bond between humans and pets, with a wide scientific base and in language accessible to all audiences.

  7. Canine Assisted Occupational Therapy: Protocol of a Pilot Randomised Control Trial for Children on the Autism Spectrum

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Hill, Jenny Ziviani, Judy Cawdell-Smith, Carlie Driscoll

    Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by difficulties with communication, social interaction, and restricted and repetitive behaviours. For children with this disorder, the ability to engage with people and activities, and to participate in everyday...

  8. The Impact of Equine-Assisted Therapy on Equine Behavioral and Physiological Responses

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    | Contributor(s):: Tiago Mendonça, Cécile Bienboire-Frosini, Fanny Menuge, Julien Leclercq, Céline Lafont-Lecuelle, Sana Arroub, Patrick Pageat

    Equine-assisted therapies (EATs) have been widely used in the treatment of patients with mental or physical conditions. However, studies on the influence of equine-assisted therapy (EAT) on equine welfare are very recent, and the need for further research is often highlighted. The aim of this...

  9. Intervenções assistidas por cães como terapêutica não farmacológica em contexto hospitalar no doente internado

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    | Contributor(s):: Marta Fernandes Correia Bernardo

    Introdução: A hospitalização é, frequentemente, uma circunstância de fragilidade em que o doente apresenta distress. As terapias não farmacológicas, como uma abordagem holística do doente, são fundamentais para capacitar o...

  10. Prim-ly adding care: Case report of a student nurse/service dog team

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    | Contributor(s):: Krysia W. Hudson, Marit Medefind, Maren Reinholdt, Ty Guyton

    Traditionally, a therapy dog has been a complimentary tool used by healthcare providers to provide stress relief to patients. However, animals can perform functions at an even greater capacity. Service animals are becoming a part of the healthcare team, by providing unique assistance to the...

  11. Animal-assisted therapy used for anxiety disorders in patients with learning disabilities: An observational study

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    | Contributor(s):: F. Giuliani, M. Jacquemettaz

    Introduction:Animal-assisted therapy is defined as the positive interaction between an animal and a patient within a therapeutic framework. Previous studies have reported on the beneficial effects of animal-assisted therapy with patients suffering from anxiety, a major challenge for...

  12. What Makes a Good Therapy Dog? Identifying Factors Associated with Calm Behavior in Therapy Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Kristen Cunningham, Zachary L. Darwish, Rosemary Strasser

    Dogs offer a variety of benefits to society, including the use of therapy dogs to provide therapeutic and physiological benefits, enhancing the lives of a wide range of recipients. Unlike service or emotional support animals, therapy dogs provide support to a multitude of individuals, often in...

  13. A Study of Traveller Horse Owners' Attitudes to Horse Care and Welfare Using an Equine Body Condition Scoring System

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    | Contributor(s):: Marie Rowland, Tamsin Coombs, Melanie Connor

    Traveller horses are often perceived to be exposed to poor welfare due to Travellers’ traditional way of horsemanship. However, few studies have investigated Traveller horse welfare. Hence, the present study aims to explore Traveller horse owners’ attitudes to horse care and...

  14. Assessment of separation anxiety in dogs: the search for a diagnostic method

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    | Contributor(s):: Gahee Kim

    The aims of this study were: (1) to explore the environmental factors and behaviors associated with the owners’ perception of separation anxiety based on the questionnaires completed by the owners along with video recordings of their dogs during the owners’ absence, and (2) to...

  15. A case study of the patient wait experience in an emergency department with therapy dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Colleen A. Dell, James Stempien, Lindsey Broberg, Alicia Husband, Lacey Jurke, Betty Rohr, Jane Smith, Joseph Rubin, Susan Tupper, Donna Goodridge, Cathie Fornssler, Logan Fele-Slaferek

    The quality of patient healthcare is a growing concern in Canada’s hospital emergency departments (ED) due to increasing wait times and associated adverse outcomes. A developing body of literature indicates that therapy dogs can positively impact the patient experience. In 2016, members...

  16. WHO REALLY NEEDS HELP? THE ANIMALS?

    | Contributor(s):: Erasmo de Oliveira

    In 2004, a tsunami killed one hundred thousand people in eight Asian countries. Hours before the giant wave reached the continent, ALL animals, without exception, spontaneously sought shelter in lands far from the coast and were saved ...Living with pets only brings benefits to the Human...

  17. Pink is the New Bull: The Feminization of Pit Bulls in Visual and Literary Discourses as a Rescue Tactic

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    | Contributor(s):: Stephanie Hogue

    Since the 1980s, pit bulls have been portrayed in a raced, classed, and gendered national discourse that has associated them with minority males of color in low-income urban areas. This discourse has led to a villianization of the breed that has resulted in restrictions on pit bulls and their...

  18. The Dog in the Middle Ages

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    | Contributor(s):: Luisa Barbano

  19. Contexts and consequences of dog bite incidents

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    | Contributor(s):: James Andrew Oxley, Rob Christley, Carri Westgarth

    Dog bites are a contentious issue within the United Kingdom due to their effect on public health and increasing incidence. Despite multiple expert-led dog bite prevention schemes being available, there is limited evidence regarding the surrounding factors and likely causes of a dog bite (e.g.,...

  20. Evaluation of an open source method for calculating physical activity in dogs from harness and collar based sensors

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    | Contributor(s):: Carri Westgarth, C. Ladha

    Background: The ability to make objective measurements of physical activity in dogs has both clinical and research applications. Accelerometers offer a non-intrusive and convenient solution. Of the commercialy available sensors, measurements are commonly given in manufacturer bespoke units and...