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  1. Effects of a therapy dog program on the wellbeing of older veterans living in a long term care residence

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    Contributor(s):: Colleen Anne Dell, Darlene Chalmers, James Gillett, Megan Steeves, Betty Rohr, Barbara Fornssler, Alicia Husband, Oluwatomisin Iwajomo, Chelsea Nickel

    Current health care practices do not adequately meet the health needs of older adult war veterans. Increasingly, animal assisted interventions (AAIs) are being identified as potentially beneficial for this population. To explore this, this study, informed by a One Health framework, measured the...

  2. Animal-Assisted Therapy for Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Investigation on the Positive Effects of Attachment and Affiliation Behaviors

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Miele

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in people who have experienced a traumatic event (nimh.nih.gov, 2016). Because PTSD is a chronic disorder, it is associated with impaired quality of life (Stern et al., 2013). A specific population at high risk for developing PTSD is military...

  3. An adjunctive human-animal interaction intervention for veterans with PTSD: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    | Contributor(s):: Grubaugh, A. L., Myers, U. S., Keller, S. M., Wangelin, B. C., Lozano, B. E., Tuerk, P. W.

  4. An explorative clinical pilot study into the effect of service dogs on chronic posttraumatic stress disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Galsgaard, Astrid, Eskelund, Kasper

  5. Understanding partner perceptions of a service dog training program for veterans with ptsd: Building a bridge to trauma resiliency

    | Contributor(s):: Whitworth, James, O'Brien, Casey, Wharton, Tracy, Scotland-Coogan, Diane

  6. Exploring the influence of service dogs on participation in daily occupations by veterans with PTSD: A pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: McLaughlin, K., Hamilton, A. L.

  7. Defining the PTSD Service Dog Intervention: Perceived Importance, Usage, and Symptom Specificity of Psychiatric Service Dogs for Military Veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, K. E., LaFollette, M. R., Hediger, K., Ogata, N., O'Haire, M. E.

  8. Colorado Therapy Horses

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    Colorado Therapy Horses is a 501(c)(3) non-riding equine assisted therapy program, located in Greeley, Colorado. Started in 2003, CTH utilizes 17 4-legged therapists focused on human clients. Working with the horse on the ground focuses on clients obtaining personal power while working with the...

  9. Circle of Change

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    Under the supervision of professional dog trainers, veterans from all wars suffering the effects of PTSD & traumatic brain injuries learn dog handling skills.  Participants meet once a week to interact with each other and train dogs.  

  10. How veterans and dogs can save each other | David Shade | TEDxRoseTree

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    | Contributor(s):: David Shade

    David Shade discovered how powerful the relationship between humans and dogs can be and asks a very simple question that may help veterans returning to civilan life. He came back from Afghanistan in 2007, having served as a paratrooper in the United States Army, earning a Purple Heart for...

  11. Hounds and Heroes

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    Hounds and Heroes is a national nonprofit dedicated to lifting the spirit and morale of active, wounded, and veteran military troops; and to increase community awareness, education, and involvement about cruelty to animals and care for animals through rescue, foster, and adoption.

  12. Equine-assisted interventions for veterans with service-related health conditions: a systematic mapping review

    | Contributor(s):: Kinney, A. R., Eakman, A. M., Lassell, R., Wood, W.

    BACKGROUND: Evidence-based treatments for service-related health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are not effective for all veterans. Equine-assisted interventions are emerging as an additional treatment modality, but little is...

  13. Dog Ownership and Training Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Increases Self-Compassion Among Veterans: Results of a Longitudinal Control Study

    | Contributor(s):: Bergen-Cico, D., Smith, Y., Wolford, K., Gooley, C., Hannon, K., Woodruff, R., Spicer, M., Gump, B.

    Objectives: The aims of this study were to measure the potential impact of a therapeutic dog ownership and training program for Veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Design: The study used a quasi-experimental design with two cohorts of Veterans-a dog owner-trainer intervention and a...

  14. Veterans and Shelter Dogs: Examining the Impact of a Dog-Walking Intervention on Physiological and Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms

    | Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Friedmann, Erika, Blanchard, Kelly, Payton, Megan, Gee, Nancy R.

    When military veterans return from service many are in a state of reintegration from military to civilian life, a transition that can be difficult and stressful. Recent literature supports the use of human–animal interactions to reduce stress. To date there have been few studies that examine the...

  15. Military Veterans and Service Dogs: A Qualitative Inquiry Using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Morales, Kristie A.

    There are over 18.8 million veterans of the United States of America's Armed Forces. After military service veterans may find it difficult transitioning back to civilian life. Veterans reintegrating may experience physical and psychological challenges related to their military service. For many,...

  16. 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...

  17. Horses Healing the Wounded Warrior: A Qualitative Inquiry of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy in Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Female Veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca R. Wara-Goss

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a major concern for military veterans in the United States and current research on women’s experiences in the military and the effects of their post-military PTSD are limited. Currently, there are a variety of evidence-based and alternative...

  18. PTSD and service dogs: Beneath the surface | Shannon Walker | TEDxMtHood

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    | Contributor(s):: Shannon Walker

    Fox News radio stations seem to think Shannon Walker is the go-to expert voice representing the power of a service-dog in the life of combat veterans. No wonder. Shannon Walker is the founder and CEO of Northwest Battle Buddies, a non-profit foundation that matches expertly trained service-dogs...

  19. Pilot testing a manualized equine-facilitated cognitive processing therapy (EF-CPT) intervention for PTSD in veterans

    | Contributor(s):: Wharton, T., Whitworth, J., Macauley, E., Malone, M.

  20. Vulnerable articulations: the opportunities and challenges of illness and recovery

    | Contributor(s):: Trundle, C., Gibson, H., Bell, L.