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  1. Neighborhood-Based Differences in Physical Activity: An Environment Scale Evaluation

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    | Contributor(s):: Brian E. Saelens, James F. Sallis, Jennifer B. Black, Diana Chen

    Objectives. This study evaluated a neighborhood environment survey and compared the physical activity and weight status of the residents in 2 neighborhoods. Methods. On 2 occasions, 107 adults from neighborhoods with differing “walkability” were selected to complete a...

  2. Sizing up physical activity: The relationships between dog characteristics, dog owners' motivations, and dog walking

    | Contributor(s):: Clarise Lim, Ryan E. Rhodes

    ObjectiveRegular dog walking is likely a symbiotic relationship between the needs of the dog and its owner. This relationship has seen limited attention. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between dog characteristics, dog owners' perceptions of responsibility and...

  3. Pet dogs and child physical activity: the role of child–dog attachment

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne M. Gadomski, Melissa B. Scribani, Nicole Krupa, Paul Jenkins

    Background Dog ownership has been associated with increased physical activity in children which in turn may mitigate childhood obesity. Objective To measure the association between child-dog attachment and child physical activity and screen time. Methods Cross-sectional study including...

  4. More Than "Just" Walking: An Observational Study of Dog-Related Physical Activities

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    | Contributor(s):: Benedikt Hielscher, Udo Ganslosser, Ingo Froboese

    Dog ownership has been shown to correlate with physical activity (PA). However, knowledge about the intensities of dog-related PA (drPA) is still lacking. To investigate the duration and intensity of drPA in consideration of PA guidelines, an observational study of dog owners (DO) was...

  5. Understanding the Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Physical Activity Among Older Community-Dwelling Adults—A Mixed Methods Study

    | Contributor(s):: Mandy Peacock, Julie Netto, Polly Yeung, Joanne McVeigh, Anne-Marie Hill

  6. Association between pet ownership and physical activity levels, atopic conditions, and mental health in Singapore: a propensity score-matched analysis

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    | Contributor(s):: Ying Xian Goh, Joel Shi Quan Tan, Nicholas L. Syn, Beverley Shu Wen Tan, Jia Ying Low, Yi Han Foo, Waikit Fung, Brandon Yi Da Hoong, Junxiong Pang

  7. Physical, social, and psychological characteristics of community-dwelling elderly Japanese dog and cat owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Yu Taniguchi, Satoshi Seino, Mariko Nishi, Yui Tomine, Izumi Tanaka, Yuri Yokoyama, Hidenori Amano, Akihiko Kitamura, Shoji Shinkai

  8. Exploring stable-based behaviour and behaviour switching for the detection of bilateral pain in equines

    | Contributor(s):: Egan, Sonja, Kearney, Clodagh M., Brama, Pieter A. J., Parnell, Andrew C., McGrath, Denise

    2021Applied Animal Behaviour Science2351052140168-159110.1016/j.applanim.2021.105214text

  9. Pros and cons of pet ownership in sustaining independence in community-dwelling older adults: a scoping review

    | Contributor(s):: Obradović, Nataša, Lagueux, Émilie, Michaud, Frédéric, Provencher, Véronique

  10. Understanding how dogs encourage and motivate walking: cross-sectional findings from RESIDE

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    | Contributor(s):: Carri Westgarth, M. Knuiman, H. E. Christian

    Background: Many people live with dogs but not all walk with them regularly. This study examines the demographic and behavioural factors that contribute towards owners reporting having a strong sense of encouragement and motivation to walk provided by their dogs, which we call ‘the Lassie...

  11. Evaluation of an open source method for calculating physical activity in dogs from harness and collar based sensors

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    | Contributor(s):: Carri Westgarth, C. Ladha

    Background: The ability to make objective measurements of physical activity in dogs has both clinical and research applications. Accelerometers offer a non-intrusive and convenient solution. Of the commercialy available sensors, measurements are commonly given in manufacturer bespoke units and...

  12. Relationship of Behavioral Interactions during an Animal-assisted Intervention in Assisted Living to Health-related Outcomes

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    | Contributor(s):: Friedmann, Erika, Galik, Elizabeth, Thomas, Sue A., Hall, Sue, Cheon, Jooyoung, Han, Narae, Kim, Hee Jun, McAtee, Sherry, Gee, Nancy R.

    In recent research involving assisted-living residents with mild to moderate cognitive impairment, a structured 12-week Pet Assisted Living (PAL) intervention led to improved physical activity (PA) and mood. Receipt of intervention is important to the efficacy of behavioral interventions. We...

  13. Physical Activity and Welfare of Guide Dogs and Walking Activity of Their Partners

    | Contributor(s):: Yamamoto, Mariko, Yamamoto, Marissa M., Hart, Lynette A.

    Appropriate physical activity is beneficial for physical and psychosocial wellbeing, and it is recommended for people to have 30 minutes of activity on most days of the week, to yield 150 minutes per week. Getting sufficient physical activity particularly challenges people with visual...

  14. Dog walking among adolescents: Correlates and contribution to physical activity.

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessa K. Engelberg, Jordan A. Carlson, Terry L. Conway, Kelli L. Cain, Brian E. Saelens

    PURPOSE: To assess the association of dog walking with adolescents' moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and body mass index (BMI), and identify correlates of dog walking. METHODS/DESIGN: Participants were 12-17year-olds (n=925) from the Baltimore, MD and Seattle, WA regions....

  15. Companion Dog Foster Caregiver Program for Older Veterans at the VA Maryland Health Care System: A Feasibility Study

    | Contributor(s):: Ortmeyer, H. K., Robey, L. C.

    Veterans experience mental health conditions at a disproportionate rate compared to their civilian counterparts, and approximately 60% of older veterans who receive their care through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) do not meet physical activity (PA) recommendations. We...

  16. Development of physical activity levels in laying hens in three-dimensional aviaries

    | Contributor(s):: Kozak, Madison, Tobalske, Bret, Springthorpe, Dwight, Szkotnicki, Bill, Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra

    Levels of physical activity are known to be associated with a number of health and welfare parameters in laying hens, such as stronger bones. Despite this, we presently lack insight into the development of physical activity throughout the life of the laying hen. To close this knowledge gap, we...

  17. La actividad física con caballos como medio terapéutico para mejorar la capacidad funcional y la calidad de vida de las personas de la Tercera Edad y de las afectadas por el síndrome de Fibromialgia

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    | Contributor(s):: José Blázquez Miret

    El envejecimiento supone una disminución de la capacidad funcional de las personas y por consiguiente un deterioro en su calidad de vida. Del mismo modo ocurre a las personas afectadas por Fibromialgia, que por su sintomatología presentan una realidad análoga a las personas...

  18. Evaluating the Strange Situation Procedure (SSP) to Assess the Bond between Dogs and Humans

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    | 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...

  19. Examining How Dog 'Acquisition' Affects Physical Activity and Psychosocial Well-Being: Findings from the BuddyStudy Pilot Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Potter, K., Teng, J. E., Masteller, B., Rajala, C., Balzer, L. B.

  20. Shaping healthy habits in children with neurodevelopmental and mental health disorders: parent perceptions of barriers, facilitators and promising strategies

    | Contributor(s):: Bowling, A., Blaine, R. E., Kaur, R., Davison, K. K.