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Therapy dogs help calm people under stress
| Contributor(s):: Patricia Montemurri, L. L. Braiser
Influence of low stress handling during clinical visit on physiological and behavioural indicators in adult dogs: a preliminary study
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| Contributor(s):: Bruno Scalia, Daniela Alberghina, Michele Panzera
Low stress handling techniques or “Fear Free principles” in veterinary clinics are becoming an important research area aimed at improving small animal welfare, considering that the majority of dogs who undergo clinical examinations exhibit fear or anxiety signs. Objective of this...
The effect of human interaction on guinea pig behavior in animal-assisted therapy
| Contributor(s):: Winnie Gut, Lisa Crump, Jakob Zinsstag, Jan Hattendorf, Karin Hediger
Guinea pigs are included in various animal-assisted interventions (AAIs), but no research has been published to date on behavioral changes in guinea pigs interacting with humans. The goal of this study was to evaluate the behavior in guinea pigs during animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and to...
The association between owning domestic dogs as pets and the productivity amongst college students
| Contributor(s):: Emily Gerace
In the class Research Methods in Healthcare, we explored an introduction to the different kinds of research that are commonly used in healthcare and the benefits and uses of each kind. Always having a love for dogs, I wondered whether or not they would have any association with the level of...
Companion animals and human health: benefits, challenges, and the road ahead for human-animal interaction
| Contributor(s):: Friedman, E., Krause-Parello, C. A.
Visiting the vets with a guide dog
[An educator's perspective, defusing tensions through mediation and the encounter]
| Contributor(s):: Rivoire, G.
Investigation of Physiological and Behavioral Responses in Dogs Participating in Animal-Assisted Therapy with Children Diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Melco, A. L., Goldman, L., Fine, A. H., Peralta, J. M.
The Buffer Effect of Therapy Dog Exposure on Stress Reactivity in Undergraduate Students
| Contributor(s):: Fiocco, A. J.
Therapy dogs on campus: An exploration of how dog therapy services affect undergraduate students' stress levels
| Contributor(s):: Tanna Lauriente, Drayden A.D. Kopp
University can be stressful for many undergraduates. Fortunately, there are various stress reduction strategies, including weekly dog therapy sessions, offered at Thompson Rivers University. This study investigated the effects of dog therapy on students via a self-reported stress survey....
An Exploration of the Benefits of Animal-Assisted Activities in Undergraduate Students in Singapore
| Contributor(s):: Jolene Muckle, Nicola Lasikiewicz
The rise in psychological problems, attrition and suicide rates of university students has been linked to the stressful challenges faced during university life. To buffer this, Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) may assist in improving psychological and physiological well-being in students,...
Effects of a Form of Equine-Facilitated Learning on Heart Rate Variability, Immune Function, and Self-Esteem in Older Adults
| Contributor(s):: Ann L. Baldwin, Barbara K. Rector, Ann C. Alden
Equine-facilitated learning (EFL) helps people access their immediate sensations and feelings because horses, as prey animals, are continually aware of their environment and provide instant feedback to human behaviors and emotions. We hypothesize that during EFL, older people become more aware...
The Effects of Tactile and Indirect Contact with Dogs in a College Population
| Contributor(s):: Kalina Welch
To assess how physiological stress response is affected by human-canine interactions, one hundred-thirty (n=130) Carroll College students in Helena, Montana participated in trials designed to measure blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, and galvanic skin response (GSR) in low- and...
American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians Newsletter, Volume 39 (2017)
Contents:I Had to Euthanize a Dog, p 2Student's Corner, p 4Vet Tech Point of View, p 6
Feature Story: Therapy dogs bring relief for stressed-out students
| Contributor(s):: Costa Maragos
Dogs can bring great comfort to people dealing with stress. Now research shows there are many therapeutic benefits to bringing therapy dogs to university campuses to help stressed-out students, particularly during final exam time. “We found that dogs offer students love and support. This is...
The Effect of Play with Canines on Psychological and Physical Stress Measures in College Students
| Contributor(s):: Cheryl Delgado, Margaret Toukonen, Corinne Wheeler
Introduction and Background: Stress can be impede learning and be a major cause of student attrition or failure to advance in studies at a timely pace. This is an increasing concern in academia. Some universities are working to create supportive student communities and a more home-like...
A Parental Perspective: The Role of Companion Animals for Children During Separation and Divorce
| Contributor(s):: Jessica Michel
Children grow up in interdependent family systems, where transitions affect all members. A prevalent transition in Australian families is divorce. When divorce occurs children are exposed to significant risk factors that have the potential of affecting many developmental outcomes. However,...
Boat preference and stress behaviour of Hector's dolphin in response to tour boat interactions
| Contributor(s):: Georgia-Rose Travis
Dolphins are increasingly coming into contact with humans, particularly where tourism is involved. It has been assumed that such contact causes chronic stress on dolphin populations. This study examined relatively naive populations of Hector's dolphins and their interaction with various...
The Benefits of Pet Ownership for Single Adults in Midlife
| Contributor(s):: Lauren McGillivray
Pets are shown to enhance quality of life through support and companionship. Midlife is a time where pets may be most valuable, since it is a time that involves critical changes to intimate relationships, roles and status. In this article a critical review of the literature on midlife development...
Comfort of Animals: Effects of An Animal's Presence on Stress
| Contributor(s):: Melanie R. Gillan