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  1. Development of a Dog-Assisted Activity Program in an Elementary Classroom

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    | Contributor(s):: Cinzia Correale, Lara Crescimbene, Marta Borgi, Francesca Cirulli

    Here we describe a pilot Dog-Assisted Activity program that was designed to improve wellbeing and social integration in a multi-cultural elementary classroom in which some episodes of bullying had been reported. We developed a 5-encounters protocol with the aim of introducing pet dogs into the...

  2. Compadres Therapy, Inc.

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    The Compadres Therapy, Inc. Board of Directors and staff believe in teaming together with health and educational professionals and animals to explore the healing and educational effect of the human/animal bond. Compadres Therapy, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that offers custom built equine...

  3. Oxytocin and Cortisol Levels in Dog Owners and Their Dogs Are Associated with Behavioral Patterns: An Exploratory Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria Petersson, Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Anne Nilsson, Lise-Lotte Gustafson, Eva Hydbring-Sandberg, Linda Handlin

    We have previously shown that dog–owner interaction results in increasing oxytocin levels in owners and dogs, decreasing cortisol levels in owners but increasing cortisol levels in dogs. The present study aimed to further investigate whether oxytocin and cortisol levels in the previously...

  4. Zoo agent's measure in applying the five freedoms principles for animal welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Argyo Demartoto, Robertus Bellarminus Soemanto, Siti Zunariyah

    Background: Animal welfare should be prioritized not only for the animal's life sustainability but also for supporting the sustainability of living organism's life on the earth. However, Indonesian people have not understood it yet, thereby still treating animals arbitrarily and...

  5. Social rivalry triggers visual attention in children with autism spectrum disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Marine Grandgeorge, Yentl Gautier, Pauline Brugaillères, Inès Tiercelin, Carole Jacq, Marie-Claude Lebret, Martine Hausberger

    Visual social attention is central to social functioning and learning and may act as a reinforcer. Social rivalry, which occurs when an individual is excluded from dyadic interactions, can promote interspecific learning by triggering attention. We applied it to an animal-assisted intervention,...

  6. Campfire Creek

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    Established in 2005, Emily Oliver answered the call to provide a therapeutic horseback riding center in the Ellis County area.  Set in the beautiful, rolling landscape of south Waxahachie, Campfire Creek offers a quiet country atmosphere to its participants and equine therapists. Since its...

  7. Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center

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    Equine assisted activities help to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination and motor development as well as emotional well being. Founded in 1995, Riverwood is a 501 (c)(3) charitable corporation serving 120 individuals weekly. We are a PATH Intl. (Professional Association of...

  8. Heroes and Horses: Veteran and Equine Experiences with Equine Facilitated Learning and Therapy

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    | Contributor(s):: Karen Elizabeth Krob

    Equine-based programs with goals of helping Veterans and those involved in Veterans' lives are quickly gaining in number and popularity. A number of hypotheses exist as to why such programs might be effective, but what is the experience of those participating in such programs? Further, it...

  9. Prancing Horse

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    Prancing Horse Inc. is a PATH Premier Accredited therapeutic riding center that provides a needed service to persons in the Sandhills NC area. We have been headquartered in Moore County, NC for the past 30 years, providing service to our local communities. Our active board members and motivated...

  10. Oxytocin Receptor Gene Polymorphisms Are Associated with Human Directed Social Behavior in Dogs (Canis familiaris)

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Kis, Melinda Bence, Gabriella Lakatos, Enikõ Pergel, Borbála Turcsán, Jolanda Pluijmakers, Judit Vas, Zsuzsanna Elek, Ildikó Brúder, Levente Földi, Mária Sasvári-Székely, Adám Miklósi, Zsolt Rónai, Enikõ Kubinyi

    The oxytocin system has a crucial role in human sociality; several results prove that polymorphisms of the oxytocin receptor gene are related to complex social behaviors in humans. Dogs' parallel evolution with humans and their adaptation to the human environment has made them a useful...

  11. Evidence of Sexism and Male Privilege in the Animal Liberation/Rights Movement

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    | Contributor(s):: Lisa Kemmerer

  12. Tom Regan: A Visionary Changing the World

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    | Contributor(s):: Carolyn Bailey

  13. Animal Rights and Incredulous Stares

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    | Contributor(s):: Bob Fischer

    I propose an analogy between the thesis that animals have rights and David Lewis's commitment to modal realism. I argue that just as Lewis received incredulous stares that seem to justify rejecting his metaphysical hypothesis, so the thesis that animals have rights can be reasonably...

  14. NC Therapeutic Riding Center

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    The North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC) empowers children and adults with physical, mental, emotional and social challenges to create more active, healthy and fulfilling lives through equine assisted activities and therapies. NCTRC will be a transformative center where...

  15. Mitey Riders

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    Misty Meadows Mitey Riders is a therapeutic riding program located in Weddington, NC. Mitey Riders is home to 5+ PATH International Certified Instructors, 75+ special needs children (and their families!), and many amazing equine partners. Misty Meadows Mitey Riders is a PATH Intl. Premier...

  16. The Contextual Cat: Human–Animal Relations and Social Meaning in Anglo-Saxon England

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    | Contributor(s):: Kristopher Poole

    The growing popularity of relational approaches to agency amongst archaeologists has led to increased attention on the specific contexts of interaction between humans and their material worlds. Within such viewpoints, non-humans are perceived as agents in their own right and placed on an equal...

  17. Empathy and Prosocial Behaviorists. Insights from Intra-and Inter-species Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria Elide Vanutelli, Michela Balconi

    It has been suggested that "sharing the same body" between the observer and the observed subject allows for a direct form of understanding and emotional attuning by a process of simulation. Then, what happens when we don't have the same body? The aim of the present paper is to...

  18. Gentling and welfare of lambs

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    | Contributor(s):: M Caroprese, L Taibi, V Franco, M Musto, A Muscio

    Gentling e benessere dell’agnello. Al fine di valutare l’effetto delle cure dell’operatore sul benessere dell’agnello allattato artificialmente è stata effettuata una prova della durata di 7 settimane condotta su 64 agnelli di razza Comisana. Gli agnelli in...

  19. Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Genetic Diversity of Bartonella henselae Infections in Pet Cats in Four Regions of the United States

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    | Contributor(s):: L. Guptill, C.-C. Wu, H. HogenEsch, L.N. Slater, N. Glickman, A. Dunham, H. Syme, L. Glickman

    Blood was collected from a convenience sample of 271 pet cats aged 3 months to 2 years (mean age, 8 months, median and mode, 6 months) between May 1997 and September 1998 in four areas of the United States (southern California, Florida, metropolitan Chicago, and metropolitan Washington, D.C.)....

  20. Review of Taming the Wild Horse: An Annotated Translation and Study of the Daoist Horse Taming Pictures

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    | Contributor(s):: Regina Swanson

    This review of Louis Komjathy’s translation and interpretation of a 13th century set of illustrated poems places the work squarely within the emerging field of animal studies. Though essentially a map for Daoist monastic training, Komjathy notes that the Horse Taming Pictures, as he...