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  1. Dogs and the Good Life: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Association Between the Dog-Owner Relationship and Owner Mental Wellbeing

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    | Contributor(s):: Merkouri, A., Graham, T. M., O'Haire, M. E., Purewal, R., Westgarth, C.

    Dog ownership is believed to benefit owner wellbeing but, contrary to popular belief, there is limited evidence to suggest that simply owning a dog is associated with improved mental health. This mixed-methods study investigates whether dog owners with stronger relationships with their dogs...

  2. Stakeholders' Perspectives on the Safety of an Adaptive Riding Program for Adults Living with Dementia and Care Partners

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    | Contributor(s):: Alicia A. Oestreich, Beth E. Fields

    The purpose of this qualitative community-based participatory research was to explore the safety perspectives of stakeholders involved in an adaptive horseback riding program designed to enhance the quality of life of adults living with dementia and their care partners. Human–animal...

  3. Effects of a Court-Ordered Service Dog Training Program with U.S. Veterans: A Qualitative Study

    | Contributor(s):: Crowe, Terry, Sanchez, Victoria, Durden, Chardae, Gomez, Margarita Ortega y, Winkle, Melissa, Felice, Jill

  4. Exploring School Staff Perceptions Relating to Animals and Their Involvement in Interventions to Support Mental Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Leos, R. A., Cuccaro, P. M., Herbold, J. R., Hernandez, B. F.

    Given the growing awareness of the health benefits of human-animal interactions, the use of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in educational settings has increased over the years. While many school districts are now considering or utilizing AAIs, the literature investigating AAI-related...

  5. Why Do People Want Dogs? A Mixed-Methods Study of Motivations for Dog Acquisition in the United Kingdom

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    | Contributor(s):: Holland, K. E., Mead, R., Casey, R. A., Upjohn, M. M., Christley, R. M.

    With an estimated 12. 5 million dogs in the UK alone, many people acquire a dog at some point during their lives. However, there are gaps in understanding about why UK owners decide to get dogs. Using a mixed-methods convergent design, this study identified the reasoning behind dog acquisition...

  6. From Regulating Emotions to Less Lonely Screen Time: Parents' Qualitative Perspectives of the Benefits and Challenges of Adolescent Pet Companionship

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    | Contributor(s):: Charmaraman, L., Cobas, S., Weed, J., Gu, Q., Kiel, E., Chin, H., Gramajo, A., Mueller, M. K.

    Adolescence is a prime developmental period to explore human-pet relationships, particularly given that teens are often relying less on their families, and more on other attachment figures such as peers and pets. However, most research on pet companionship is conducted with adults and young...

  7. Australian parents' experiences of owning an autism assistance dog

    | Contributor(s):: Appleby, R., Wright, S., Williams, L., Stanley, M.

    Autism assistance dogs (AADs) increase safety for children with autism and their families. Autism assistance dogs can also decrease familial stress and the isolation which families may experience due to fear for their child's safety and judgement from others within the community. Currently there...

  8. Changing with the times: A qualitative content analysis of perceptions toward the study and practice of human–animal interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Trevathan-Minnis, Melissa, Schroeder, Katy, Eccles, Emily

  9. Rogue elephants in the news: A cultural-discursive study

    | Contributor(s):: Granden, Michelle

  10. "The connection just happens": Therapists' perspectives of canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum

    | Contributor(s):: Hill, J. R., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C.

  11. Human- Animal Interaction to Support Well- Being at University: Experiences of Undergraduate Students in the UK

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    | Contributor(s):: Aliya Khalid, Anne Rogers, Emily Vicary, Helen Brooks

    In the context of increasing concerns about student mental health and the therapeutic value of companion animals for mental health, there is limited understanding of the potential contribution of human- animal interaction in relation to undergraduate well- being. This study aimed to develop an...

  12. Hidden in Plain Sight: Uncovering the Obesogenic Environment Surrounding the UK’s Leisure Horses

    | Contributor(s):: Furtado, Tamzin, Perkins, Elizabeth, Pinchbeck, Gina, McGowan, Cathy, Watkins, Francine, Christley, Robert

    Equine obesity is a major welfare concern in the UK, and the problem is thought to be increasing. Leisure horses are known to be most at risk of obesity, yet despite plenty of conjecture, the reasons for this are unknown. This study, therefore, aimed to establish the social and environmental...

  13. Development of a list of terms in Brazilian Portuguese for the Qualitative Behaviour Assessment of broiler chickens

    | Contributor(s):: Souza, A. P. O., Wemelsfelder, F., Taconeli, C. A., Molento, C. F. M.

  14. Giving calves 'the best start': Perceptions of colostrum management on dairy farms in England

    | Contributor(s):: Palczynski, L. J., Bleach, E. C. L., Brennan, M. L., Robinson, P. A.

  15. Canine-assisted occupational therapy for children on the autism spectrum: Parents' perspectives

    | Contributor(s):: Hill, J. R., Ziviani, J., Driscoll, C.

  16. Could Greater Time Spent Displaying Waking Inactivity in the Home Environment Be a Marker for a Depression-Like State in the Domestic Dog?

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    | Contributor(s):: Naomi D. Harvey, Alexandra Moesta, Sarah Kappel, Chanakarn Wongsaengchan, Hannah Harris, Peter J. Craigon, Carole Fureix

    Dogs exposed to aversive events can become inactive and unresponsive and are commonly referred to as being “depressed”, but this association remains to be tested. We investigated whether shelter dogs spending greater time inactive “awake but motionless” (ABM) in their...

  17. French handlers' perspectives on Animal-Assisted Interventions

    | Contributor(s):: Mignot, A., de Luca, K., Leboucher, G., Servais, V.

  18. Beyond Recovery: Understanding the Postbereavement Growth From Companion Animal Loss

    | Contributor(s):: Paul W.C. Wong, Kenny C.T. Lau, Lucia L. Liu, Gloria S.N. Yuen, Poon Wing-Lok

  19. Developing an animal-assisted support program for healthcare employees

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    | Contributor(s):: Etingen, B., Martinez, R. N., Smith, B. M., Hogan, T. P., Miller, L., Saban, K. L., Irvin, D., Jankowski, B., Weaver, F. M.

    Background Employee burnout and its associated consequences is a significant problem in the healthcare workforce. Workplace animal therapy programs offer a potential strategy for improving employee well-being; however, research on animal therapy programs for healthcare workers is lacking. This...

  20. Parental Perspectives of Occupational Therapy in an Equine Environment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Kalmbach, D., Wood, W., Peters, B. C.