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  1. The Effects Of Dog Ownership On Self-Efficacy Levels

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    | Contributor(s):: Juliana Oleksy

    Multiple studies have been conducted and have concluded that dogs do have a positive impact on both physical and mental health. When it comes to mental health, researchers have found that dog-interaction has decreased stress levels. Stress levels have a negative relationship with self-efficacy...

  2. A Qualitative Assessment of Virginia Beach Dog Park Users

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    | Contributor(s):: Edwin Gomez, John Hunting

    The purpose of this paper is to look at a Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) dog park as a case study exploring the benefits and perceptions of dog parks by its users. The qualitative methodology follows an earlier dog park study by Gómez (2013) in Norfolk, VA. Our findings indicated three...

  3. Horsebreakers, Tamers, and Trainers: An Historical, Psychological, and Social Review

    | Contributor(s):: Sharon E. Cregier

    To my knowledge, there has been no organized synthesis describing the historical development of horse handling, management, lore, and training. This discussion offers, in capsule form, some of the historical, psychological, and social considerations which might be taken into account when...

  4. Problematising upstream technology through speculative design: the case of quantified cats and dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Shaun Lawson, Ben Kirman, Conor Linehan, Tom Feltwell, Lisa Hopkins

    There is growing interest in technology that quantifies aspects of our lives. This paper draws on critical practice and speculative design to explore, question and problematise the ultimate consequences of such technology using the quantification of companion animals (pets) as a case study. We...

  5. Specialists' viewpoints on the human-animal bond in practice: a panel discussion

    | Contributor(s):: Ogilvie, G. K.

  6. A dermatologist's viewpoint on the significance of the human-animal bond in practice

    | Contributor(s):: Liska, D. A.

  7. Behavior questions and answers

    | Contributor(s):: Horwitz, D. F.

  8. Feline aggression directed toward people: causes and treatment

    | Contributor(s):: Horwitz, D. F.

  9. Pet Companion Robot for Visually Impaired Elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Fanglin Chao

    The proposed concept serves as the middle person to feed, detect, trash collect and communicate between the elderly and the pet. Several kind of interaction mode was also proposed to fulfill the ability and living characteristics of the elderly. Although only part of function...

  10. WOOF: Rin Tin Tin and the Hero Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Amos St. Germain

    Susan Orlean’s recent book on the phenomenon of Rin Tin Tin has rekindled this author’s interest in “Rinty” and our fascination with animal heroes, particularly dogs. How does Rinty work as a hero? What does Rinty tell us about ourselves?

  11. "I can haz emoshuns?": understanding anthropomorphosis of cats among internet users

    | Contributor(s):: Derek Foster, Conor Linehan, Shaun Lawson, Daniel Mills, Sarah Ellis, Helen Zulch

    The attribution of human-like traits to non-human animals, termed anthropomorphism, can lead to misunderstandings of animal behaviour, which can result in risks to both human and animal wellbeing and welfare. In this paper, we, during an inter-disciplinary collaboration between social computing...

  12. The role of service dogs in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Adams, C. L.