Psychosocial Impact of Pet Keeping on Schoolchildren in China
| Contributor(s):: Yanxia Song, Toshiya Hirose, Naoko Koda
Studies in Western countries have demonstrated the benefits of pets for humans. However, there are not many studies on human-pet relationships in different cultures and societies; for example, few in Asia. This questionnaire survey demonstrated that attachment to pets benefits the psychosocial...
Interpersonal and Pet Attachment, Empathy toward Animals, and Anthropomorphism: An Investigation of Pet Owners in Romania
| Contributor(s):: Alina Simona Rusu, Carmen Costea-Barlutiu, Dennis C. Turner
The current study investigates the associations between interpersonal and pet attachment (anxiety and avoidance dimensions), empathy toward animals, and anthropomorphism in the Romanian cultural context, where problems regarding the effectiveness of pet management programs are still being...
Paws for Thought: The Importance of Dogs in a Seniors Social Intervention
| Contributor(s):: Elisa Maria Concetta Papotto, Jessica Lee Oliva Dr
As Australia faces an aging population with an unprecedented life expectancy, it is the community’s obligation to ensure seniors are offered resources to support their well-being. Studies investigating loneliness in aged-care facilities attest to the therapeutic properties of dogs for...
An Animal-Assisted Intervention Study in the Nursing Home: Lessons Learned
| Contributor(s):: Lonneke G. J. A. Schuurmans, Inge Noback, Jos M. G. A. Schols, Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers
AAI studies in the nursing home pose a specific set of challenges. In this article the practical and ethical issues encountered during a Dutch psychogeriatric nursing home AAI study are addressed with the aim of sharing our experiences for future researchers as well as AAI practitioners in...
Evaluating the Strange Situation Procedure (SSP) to Assess the Bond between Dogs and Humans
| Contributor(s):: Therese Rehn, Ragen T. S. McGowan, Linda J. Keeling
The Strange Situation Procedure (SSP) is increasingly being used to study attachment between dogs and humans. It has been developed from the Ainsworth Strange Situation Procedure, which is used extensively to investigate attachment between children and their parents. In this experiment, 12...
Brain regions involved in observing and trying to interpret dog behaviour
| Contributor(s):: Charlotte Desmet, Alko van der Wiel, Marcel Brass
Humans and dogs have interacted for millennia. As a result, humans (and especially dog owners) sometimes try to interpret dog behaviour. While there is extensive research on the brain regions that are involved in mentalizing about other peoples’ behaviour, surprisingly little is known of...
Dog attachment and perceived social support in overweight/obese and healthy weight children
| Contributor(s):: Deborah E. Linder, Jennifer M. Sacheck, Farzad Noubary, Miriam E. Nelson, Lisa M. Freeman
The development of effective and sustainable interventions to treat childhood obesity remains both a priority and a challenge. Previous studies support that dogs provide social support in overweight adults in obesity interventions, but the child-dog relationship is not as well understood. The...
The existence of parenting styles in the owner-dog relationship
| Contributor(s):: Ineke R. van Herwijnen, Joanne A. M. van der Borg, Marc Naguib, Bonne Beerda
Parents interact with children following specific styles, known to influence child development. These styles represent variations in the dimensions of demandingness and responsiveness, resulting in authoritarian, authoritative, permissive or uninvolved parenting. Given the similarities in the...
Transformative Relationships: Humans and Animals
| Contributor(s):: Clarke, P. N.
Pets enhance antidepressant pharmacotherapy effects in patients with treatment resistant major depressive disorder
| Contributor(s):: Mota Pereira, J., Fonte, D.
The Impact of a Care Recipient's Pet on the Instrumental Caregiving Experience
| Contributor(s):: Bibbo, J., Proulx, C. M.
Help-Seeking Among Abused Women With Pets: Evidence From a Canadian Sample
| Contributor(s):: Barrett, B. J., Fitzgerald, A., Peirone, A., Stevenson, R., Cheung, C. H.
Cross-modal perception of human emotion in domestic horses (Equus caballus)
| Contributor(s):: Nakamura, K., Takimoto-Inose, A., Hasegawa, T.
Grow Old Along with Me: The Meaning of Dogs in Seniors' Lives
| Contributor(s):: Ardra Linette Cole
AbstractThis is a phenomenological study intended to more fully understand the meaning and significance older adults attach to their relationship with their dogs. What do those relationships look like? How do they help to define seniors’ lives? What is it about those relationships that...
Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States
| Contributor(s):: Heuberger, R. A., Garner, J. A., Corby, A., DeWitt, K., Sluis, R. vander
The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health...
It's raining cats, dogs and diapers! The intersections of rising pet ownership and LGBTQ+ coupledom
| Contributor(s):: Gabb, Jacqui
Dog ownership supports the maintenance of physical activity during poor weather in older English adults: cross-sectional results from the EPIC Norfolk cohort
| Contributor(s):: Yu-Tzu Wu, Robert Luben, Andy Jones
Background Dog ownership has been suggested to encourage physical activity in older adults and may enhance resilience to poor environmental conditions. This study investigates the role of dog ownership and walking as a means of supporting the maintenance of physical activity in older adults...
The effectiveness of Dutch Cell Dogs in correctional facilities in the Netherlands: a study protocol of a quasi-experimental trial
| Contributor(s):: Gerdien Schenk, Hanne M. Duindam, Hanneke E. Creemers, Machteld Hoeve, Geert Jan J. M. Stams, Jessica J. Asscher
Background Many former inmates recidivate, resulting in high costs for societies worldwide. Evidence based treatment practices may not work in prisons, due to detainees’ lacking motivation, impaired well-being, and an unsafe group environment. One attempt to improve social group climate...
Characteristics of owned dogs in rabies endemic KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa
| Contributor(s):: Melinda Hergert, Kevin Le Roux, Louis H. Nel
Background: Canine rabies has been enzootic in the dog population of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa since the mid-1970s and has been associated with high rates of human exposures and frequent transmissions to other domestic animal species. Several decades of control efforts,...
Prevalence of Disorders Recorded in Dogs Attending Primary-Care Veterinary Practices in England
| Contributor(s):: Dan G. O'Neill, David B. Church, Paul D. McGreevy, Peter C. Thomson, Dave C. Brodbelt
Purebred dog health is thought to be compromised by an increasing occurence of inherited diseases but inadequate prevalence data on common disorders have hampered efforts to prioritise health reforms. Analysis of primary veterinary practice clinical data has been proposed for reliable...