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  1. The influence of the location of a nest box in an individually ventilated cage on the preference of mice to use it

    Contributor(s):: Kostomitsopoulos, N. G., Paronis, E., Alexakos, P., Balafas, E., Loo, P. van, Baumans, V.

    The improvement of housing conditions for mice by using environmental enrichment materials is of high concern for the scientific community. Plastic, autoclavable nest boxes are commercially available and ready to use for specific cases such as in individually ventilated cages, metabolic cages, or...

  2. The physiological and behavioural impact of sensory contact among unfamiliar adult mice in the laboratory

    Contributor(s):: Rettich, A., Kasermann, H. P., Pelczar, P., Burki, K., Arras, M.

    Housing mice in the laboratory in groups enables social interaction and is the way a laboratory should house mice. However, adult males show reciprocal aggression and are therefore frequently housed individually. Alternatively, a grid divider, which allows sensory contact by sight and smell but...

  3. Owners and pets exercising together: canine response to veterinarian-prescribed physical activity

    | Contributor(s):: Byers, C. G., Wilson, C. C., Stephens, M. B., Goodie, J. L., Netting, F. E., Olsen, C. H.

    Using a prospective, randomized, single-blinded clinical design, we enrolled dog owners (DOs) and their dogs presenting to a veterinary referral hospital in a two-phase trial to determine whether veterinarian-initiated counseling increases physical activity and leads to secondary health benefits...

  4. Effects of hippotherapy on gross motor function and functional performance of children with cerebral palsy

    | Contributor(s):: Park, E. S.

  5. Biological and Cultural Anthropology of a Changing Tropical Forest: A Fruitful Collaboration across Subfields

    | Contributor(s):: Hardin, Rebecca, Remus, Melissa J.

  6. Attachment, social support, and perceived mental health of adult dog walkers: What does age have to do with it?

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    | Contributor(s):: Netting, F. Ellen, Wilson, Cindy C., Goodie, Jeffrey L., Stephens, Mark B., Byers, Christopher G., Olsen, Cara H.

    In part of a larger pilot study of dog walking as a physical activity intervention we assessed levels of attachment, social supports, and perceived mental health of 75 dog owners, identified through a tertiary- care veterinary hospital. Owners completed the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) Social...

  7. Dog ownership, functional ability, and walking in community-dwelling older adults

    | Contributor(s):: Gretebeck, Kimberlee A., Radius, Kaitlyn, Black, David R., Gretebeck, Randall J., Ziemba, Rosemary, Glickman, Lawrence T.

  8. A comparison of uniaxial and triaxial accelerometers for the assessment of physical activity in dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Cheung, K. W., Starling, M. J., McGreevy, P. D.

    The present study compares the outputs of uniaxial accelerometer (UA) and triaxial accelerometer (TA) to determine whether UAs can be used instead of TAs in estimating physical activity (PA) in domestic dogs (N=79). The PA of the dogs was measured simultaneously by a UA and a TA attached to...

  9. Obstacles and anticipated problems with acquiring assistance dogs, as expressed by Japanese people with physical disabilities

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    | Contributor(s):: Mariko Yamamoto, Lynette A. Hart, Mitsuaki Ohta, Koji Matsumoto, Nobuyo Ohtani

    In western countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, many people with disabilities benefit from the help their assistance dogs provide. In contrast, assistance dogs have not become widespread in Japan. This study explores the perspectives of Japanese people with disabilities,...

  10. Pet bylaws and posthumanist health promotion: a case study of urban policy

    | Contributor(s):: Rock, M.

    Dog walking enables physical activity and positive social interactions, but uncontrolled dogs as well as dog feces can foster conflict and deter physical activity, for both dog owners and nonowners. This case study shows that previously reported associations with dogs (both positive and negative)...

  11. How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: A comprehensive review of dog walking correlates

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    | Contributor(s):: Carri Westgarth, Robert M Christley, Hayley E Christian

    Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are major threats to population health. A considerable proportion of people own dogs, and there is good evidence that dog ownership is associated with higher levels of physical activity. However not all owners walk their dogs regularly. This paper...

  12. Connection Between Dog Ownership and Increased Physical Activity

    Forum › general-discussion › the-human-animal-bond-in-the-media

    A study has found a connection between owning a dog and increased physical activity. Of the 547 older adults that were studied, the individuals who owned dogs were 12 percent more physically active...


  13. Ottawa Therapy Dogs Inc.

    Ottawa Therapy Dogs is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that provides animal-assisted therapy throughout the National Capital Region. Each year, more than 1,000 people benefit from our therapy dog programs and services.

  14. Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta

    The Mission of the Pet Therapy Society is to provide to the community safe and effective Animal Assisted Activities and Programs. The Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta recognizes that the commitment of its volunteers is vital to the success of its Mission. The Pet Therapy Society of...

  15. Dog Ownership and Physical Activity: A Review of the Evidence

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    | Contributor(s):: Hayley E. Christian, Carri Westgarth, Adrian Bauman, Libby Richards, Ryan E. Rhodes, Kelly R. Evenson, Joni A. Mayer, Roland J. Thorpe Jr.

    Background: Dog walking is a strategy for increasing population levels of physical activity (PA). Numerous cross-sectional studies of the relationship between dog ownership and PA have been conducted. The purpose was to review studies comparing PA of dog owners (DO) to non-dog owners (NDO),...

  16. A cross-sectional study of frequency and factors associated with dog walking in 9-10 year old children in Liverpool, UK

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    | Contributor(s):: Westgarth, C., Boddy, L. M., Stratton, G., German, A. J., Gaskell, R. M., Coyne, K. P., Bundred, P., McCune, S., Dawson, S.

    Background Owning a pet dog could potentially improve child health through encouraging participation in physical activity, through dog walking. However, evidence to support this is limited and conflicting. In particular, little is known about children’s participation in dog walking and...

  17. Children, parents, and pets exercising together (CPET) randomised controlled trial: study rationale, design, and methods

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    | Contributor(s):: Yam, P. S., Morrison, R., Penpraze, V., Westgarth, C., Ward, D. S., Mutrie, N., Hutchison, P., Young, D., Reilly, J. J.

  18. Physical activity in three regional communities in Queensland

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    | Contributor(s):: Brown, W. J., Burton, N. W., Sahlqvist, S., Heesch, K. C., McCarthy, K. B., Ng, N., Uffelen, J. G. van

    Objective. To describe physical activity participation in three Queensland regional communities. Design. Cross-sectional mail survey of randomly selected residents, stratified by age and sex. Setting. Esk, Mareeba and Mount Isa. Participants. 1219 (58% female) adults, with a mean age 46.7 (SD...

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  20. Objectively measured free-living physical activity in pet dogs: Relationship to body condition score and owner-pet activity

    | Contributor(s):: Weber, David Isaiah Sale

    The prevalence of canine obesity continues to increase and is due, in part, to inadequate levels of physical activity (PA). Accelerometers have emerged as a useful tool to objectively quantify levels of physical activity in humans, as well as companion pets, but there is little data on the...