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  1. Canine Aggression: Understanding Owner Beliefs about the Biological Locus of Origin for Rehabilitation of Aggressive Behavior

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    | Contributor(s):: Destiny DeHart

    The topic of canine aggression– threatening or hostile behavior involving actual and or potential harm to another – invokes many emotional responses due to the often violent connotations regarding aggressive canines. Research focusing on various methods of rehabilitation has...

  2. Governing Pet Love: 'Crazy Cat Ladies,' Cultural Discourse, and the Spatial Logics of Inter-Species Intimacies

    | Contributor(s):: William L. McKeithen

    Pet animals in the United States have been increasingly incorporated into relationships and spaces of intimacy. As a result, an intense set of discourses has emerged to delineate and govern what modes of interspecies intimacy are `normal' or `inappropriate.' The widely known stereotype of...

  3. Influence of pet ownership on self-esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness among over 65s in Ireland

    | Contributor(s):: Gráinne Nic An Mháistir

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of pet ownership on self-­‐esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness in pet owners and non-­‐owners. Data was collected from 147 participants. Data was gathered by means of self-­‐reported questionnaires that assessed...

  4. A two pan feeding trial with companion dogs: considerations for future testing

    | Contributor(s):: Jodi C. Vondran

    Palatability of pet foods is judged by the use of animals in colonies. Pet food manufacturers would like to understand how palatable a food is compared to another food. This generally is accomplished by a two pan test where a pet has the opportunity to freely choose between two foods. Preference...

  5. Without a home but not without a companion: an ethnographic study

    | Contributor(s):: Catherine M. Riley

    This study aims to explore the personal perspective of people who are homeless and their pet companions. This study examines the benefits and challenges of the homeless pet owner in Sacramento, CA. The study’s purpose is to discuss the benefits and challenges as well as further explore the...

  6. The effect of animal companions and state anxiety

    | Contributor(s):: Heather Amber Silver

    The present study is a pilot study which examined the effects  of reading conditions (oral vs. silent), type of activity (resting  vs. reading), and the experimenter's presence (present vs. absent)  on anxiety states utilizing the State anxiety (A-State) scale of  the...

  7. Teaching rabbit care, empathy, and responsibility

    | Contributor(s):: Meryl B. Dickman

    Acclimating and housetraining a new rabbit should be approached in an organized and efficient manner. Due to the lack of instructional guides for rabbit housetraining currently available, new rabbit owners do not have adequate housetraining resources. Lack of proper housetraining instruction,...

  8. How has the domestication of dogs impacted native North American culture and way of life?

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    | Contributor(s):: Mikaela E. Reisman

    Dogs, as the only domestic mammal in North America, were a part of the life and culture of the people who migrated to the Americas from Eurasia. Originally domesticated from Eurasian wolves, the uses of dogs expanded once the Native American ancestors spread throughout the continents. I...

  9. Functions of pets for young children

    | Contributor(s):: Dorothy C. Payne Mock

    The role or function that dogs and cats fulfill as pets in families with preschool-age children was examined in terms of pet prevalence, their relationship to animal fears, and their association with imaginary companions. The sample consisted of 37 children, three years nine months to five years...

  10. Critical incidents in grieving the death of companion animals

    | Contributor(s):: David Allan Alexander

    This study examined what bereaved pet owners found particularly helpful and particularly difficult in their grieving process. The Critical Incident Technique (CIT) was used. Eight bereaved pet owners identified 87 helping and 44 hindering categories that formed 12 helping and 7 hindering...

  11. The significance of companion dogs in the everyday lives of their human caregivers

    | Contributor(s):: Nandini Sharada Maharaj

    Using a qualitative design, the purpose of the study was to examine how people describe their relationship with their dog and what kinds of things they do that suggest this bond represents a meaningful relationship. Dog owners (N=27) aged 19 years and older were invited to participate in a focus...

  12. Dog Owners Lived Experiences with Distress Following Human Rejection: An Attachment Perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Shmyr, Linda Marie

  13. The effect of human-animal bonding on quality of life

    | Contributor(s):: Hanson, Johanna Barham

  14. Assessing the preparedness of the veterinary profession to communicate with limited English proficient Spanish-speaking pet owners

    | Contributor(s):: Landau, Ruth Ellen

    The purpose of the present study was to assess the preparedness of the veterinary profession to communicate with limited English proficient Spanish-speaking pet owners (LEP SSPOs). Results of surveys with 393 Latino pet owners, 383 small animal veterinarians and staff, and over 2000 veterinary...

  15. Perceptions of Advertising by Dog Owners and Non-Dog Owners: An Experimental Study

    | Contributor(s):: Bailey Elizabeth Belcher

    More Americans are traveling with their pets every year. Unfortunately, not all travelers enjoy being surrounded by other traveler’s pets. Hotels are having an increasingly difficult time reaching both target markets without turning away one or the other. The current study examines how each...

  16. Animal assisted therapy: Attitudes of mental health practitioners

    | Contributor(s):: Petrisca, Elizabeth

  17. Dog Parks: Benefits and Liabilities

    | Contributor(s):: Laurel Allen

    Dog parks have emerged in the last decade or so as places for pet owners living in suburban and urban areas to exercise their dogs. Providing a safe environment for both dog and human is a tremendous challenge. If done correctly a dog park can be that place. In the 1950s and 1960s, some state and...

  18. Impact of pet loss: A qualitative study of bereaved pet owners

    | Contributor(s):: Sugano, Hiroko

  19. Euthanasia of the companion animal: Understanding the pet owner's experience

    | Contributor(s):: Turner, Wendy Gayle

  20. All in the family? Understanding the meaning of dogs and cats in the lives of American pet owners

    | Contributor(s):: Blouin, David D.