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  1. The Dogs of Dickens: the Canine Presence in the Author's Works

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    | Contributor(s):: Christopher Koestner

  2. Contagious Yawning in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Ariel M. Lombardo Aghishian

    This study investigates contagious yawning in domestic cats towards their owners, looking at potential links with empathy. Results showed no significant difference in yawning between conditions. The solitary nature of wildcats and their shared ancestor, and the unique social behavior in...

  3. Public Perceptions: Risks in Dog and Coastal Wildlife Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Ian Banatoski, Bryanna Dellaripa, Samantha Hires, Larissa Naidoo, Elizabeth Rooney

    The New Zealand Department of Conservation is seeking to better manage coastal wildlife interactions as dogs become more prevalent on beaches with vulnerable wildlife. We used site assessments, surveys, and interviews to assess the public’s perceptions of dog-wildlife encounters. Since...

  4. Canine for Disabled Kids Awareness Campaign Research and Implementation Plan

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    | Contributor(s):: Jiamin Gu, Kendall Harcourt, Chang Liu, Kiamu Liu, Jemmie Tejada

    According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service animals are: “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities” ( ADA, 2015). On the other hand, emotional support animals are: “dogs that provide comfort and support in...

  5. The Use of Trazodone Hydrochloride to Reduce Stress in Dogs During the Transition Period into a Municipal Animal Shelter: Impact on Incidence of Illness, Length of Stay, and Outcome

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer L. Abrams

    A large municipal animal shelter in NYC gave dogs low doses of trazodone hydrochloride at the time of intake to evaluate its efficacy in reducing transitional stress. Statistically significant decreases in illness rate and length of stay and increase in adoption rate were observed in the dogs...

  6. The Effect of Play Group on the Behavior of Shelter Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Stephanie Flower

    This study looked at two groups of dogs, one which attended play group prior to receiving their behavior evaluation and one that did not. The group that attended play group showed significantly lower scores when looking at the dog to dog portion of the behavior evaluation.

  7. The Effects of Reward-Based Training on the Behavioral Assessment of the Domestic Dog

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    | Contributor(s):: Shelby Vandergraff

    Contrary to popular belief, pet overpopulation is caused more by owners failing to keep their dog than with accidental or intentional breeding (Moulton et al., 1991). Factors related to relinquishment have been researched, and concluded that behavioral problems are the most reoccurring reasons...

  8. Health, Wellness, and Ecological Impacts of Horse Therapy for Special Needs Children

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Sulkowski

    The benefits of horse therapy for special needs children have been documented for centuries, but direct experience and perspective from special needs children and their families involved in horse therapy are missing from the literature. The purpose of this study was to enhance understanding on...

  9. Stabilitet i atferd og emosjoner hos hund fra 3 måneder og frem til 15 måneders alder

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    | Contributor(s):: Charlotte S. Mikkelsen, Anne Marit Rød, Katrine H. Støkken

    Del 1: Hunden blir ofte sett på som menneskets beste venn. For å få en bedre forståelse av hundens atferd, har vi sett nærmere på: hundens domestisering, hva atferd er, samt atferdsutvikling og atferdsproblemer. Domestiseringen er en viktig del av hundens...

  10. Pets: Their Effects On The Elderly

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    | Contributor(s):: Marjorie Flynn

    Pets have always had a capacity for putting human beings in touch with life. Watching a puppy or a kitten at play stirs a joy somewhere deep within us bringing with it a smile or a chuckle. Pets remind us of spring, of youth, of all there is to see on this earth that is new and alive. Pets keep...

  11. Dogs and blood pressure in non-dog owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Natasha Adamson

    Several studies have shown that the presence of a dog can reduce blood pressure during a stressful situation. A study done in 2001 demonstrated that for blood pressure to be reduced during a stressor the subjects must be dog owners. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if four, one...

  12. An examination of pet ownership among elderly caregivers and how it contributes to their well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: Cynthia Ann Fiello

    As the older population increases, there is a need for increased support for caregivers most of them older themselves. Owning a pet may providesome of this support. This study looked at caregivers age 55 and older of brain-impaired adults and examined whether or not the social support provided...

  13. Veterinary technician assistant curriculum guideline

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    | Contributor(s):: Mickey Ellen Rash

    The purpose of this thesis was to develop a core curriculum to be presented to the state for consideration as the established curriculum guideline for veterinary technician assistants/veterinary assistant programs.

  14. Hurricane Survivors' Attitudes regarding the Therapeutic Benefits of Animals

    | Contributor(s):: Callwood, Tina

  15. Experiences of People with Multiple Sclerosis and their use of Assistance Dogs: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: O'Connor, Gráinne Ann

  16. Mentally ill homeless and companion pets

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria Salomé Garde

    The present study assessed the relationship between mentally ill homeless and their companion pets and questioned if the pets acted as a barrier for them to receive shelter and other services. The study also sought to find if pets acted as a communication tool between this population and...

  17. Lending a Helping Paw: Streamlining a Volunteer Handbook

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    | Contributor(s):: Andrew Donati

    Peace of Mind Dog Rescue (POMDR) relies heavily on its volunteers to carry out important operational needs that allow them to fulfill their mission of being a resource and advocate for local senior dogs and senior citizens. From overseeing adoption events to foster care to administrative...

  18. Attitudes of Clinical Psychologists Towards the Reporting of Nonhuman Animal Abuse

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    | Contributor(s):: Laetitia Geoffroy-Dallery

    Research consistently demonstrates that nonhuman animals are capable of cognition and complex emotions, but their legal status in the United States remains similar to that of property. As such, they are not protected under laws mandating psychologists to report suspicions of abuse of...

  19. Pets in the Family

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    | Contributor(s):: Jason Brown

    Recent cultural shifts have found more people identifying their pets as members of their family. However, little research has examined how families create this identity that pets have. Using narrative performance theory, this study examined the stories that families tell about their pets and...

  20. The Influence of Pets on Decisions of Older Adults' with Chronic Conditions

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Basilia Basin

      Many older adults view pets as companions, and are responsible for their pet’s care and well-being. Research suggests that people prioritize their pet’s needs, although it may jeopardize their own safety. Some older adults forego, delay, or refuse care in order to remain...