Effective Multidisciplinary Search Strategies for Assistance Animals: A Librarian's Perspective
| Contributor(s):: Erik Davis Fausak
Successful search strategies are based on good background knowledge and a focused clinical research question. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of research involving assistance animals means there is no one universal database to answer all research questions. The topic of assistance animals...
The Effects of Canine Assisted Therapy on Emotionally Stressed Undergraduate College Students: A Systematic Review
| Contributor(s):: Mackenzie Hansen
Objective: This systematic review was conducted to review how canine assisted therapy affects emotional stress in undergraduate college students. Methods: Articles were screened on CINAHL and PubMed databases for relationship between canine assisted therapy intervention and emotional stress...
Turning the Page for Spot: The Potential of Therapy Dogs to Support Reading Motivation Among Young Children
| Contributor(s):: Rousseau, Camille Xinmei, Tardif-Williams, Christine Yvette
This study investigated whether dogs might facilitate a context conducive to reading for children when they are faced with a challenging reading passage. A within-subjects design was used to assess children’s motivation to read in two conditions: with a therapy dog and without a therapy dog....
Employee Attitudes about the Impact of Visitation Dogs on a College Campus
| Contributor(s):: Foreman, Anne M., Allison, Penelope, Poland, Michelle, Meade, B. Jean, Wirth, Oliver
Therapy and visitation dogs are becoming more common on college campuses to provide comfort and support to students, but little attention has been given to the concerns of faculty and staff who share space with the dogs in their workplaces. The purpose of this study was to assess the perceptions...
The Effects of a Therapy Dog on the Blood Pressure and Heart Rate of Older Residents in a Nursing Home
| Contributor(s):: Handlin, Linda, Nilsson, Anne, Lidfors, Lena, Petersson, Maria, Uvnäs-Moberg, Kerstin
The aim of the present project was to investigate whether repeated visits by a therapy dog to nursing homes might affect the older residents’ systolic blood pressure and heart rate. A secondary aim was to investigate and compare effects (differences in responses) in older people with high and...
The Effect of Therapy Dogs on Exam Stress and Memory
| Contributor(s):: Trammell, Janet P.
Therapy dogs have been shown in many different situations to reduce stress and improve outcomes, but their effects on academic performance are unknown. I hypothesized that interaction with therapy dogs prior to exams would reduce stress in students and improve exam scores. In study 1,...
The Effect of a Canine-assisted Activity on College Student Perceptions of Family Supports and Current Stressors
| Contributor(s):: Barker, Sandra B., Barker, Randolph T., McCain, Nancy L., Schubert, Christine M.
Using data from a previously published study on effects of a canine-assisted activity (CAA) on college student stress the week before final examinations, we examined whether participation in this activity had effects on perceptions of 1) family supports (i.e., emotional distance to family members...
The Effect of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Anxiety and Pain in Hospitalized Children
| Contributor(s):: Barker, Sandra B., Knisely, Janet S., Schubert, Christine M., Green, Jeffrey D., Ameringer, Suzanne
Forty children between the ages of 8 and 18 years, who were admitted to a hospital pediatric unit, were randomly assigned to an animal-assisted intervention (AAI) or an active control condition (working on an age-appropriate jigsaw puzzle). Ratings of pain and anxiety were taken both pre- and...
Physiological State of Therapy Dogs during Animal-Assisted Activities in an Outpatient Setting
| Contributor(s):: Clark, S. D., Martin, F., McGowan, R. T. S., Smidt, J. M., Anderson, R., Wang, L., Turpin, T., Langenfeld-McCoy, N., Bauer, B. A., Mohabbat, A. B.
Therapy dogs are increasingly being incorporated into numerous clinical settings. However, there are only a handful of studies that have focused on the impact of animal-assisted activity or therapy sessions on the wellbeing of the therapy dogs. Furthermore, these studies show mixed results. The...
Patient Opinion of Visiting Therapy Dogs in a Hospital Emergency Department
| Contributor(s):: Reddekopp, J., Dell, C. A., Rohr, B., Fornssler, B., Gibson, M., Carey, B., Stempien, J.
To date there have been no studies examining whether patients want emergency department (ED) therapy dog programs. This patient-oriented study examined the opinions of patients about whether they would want to be visited by a therapy dog in the Royal University Hospital ED. Cross-sectional survey...
Impact of the implementation of a therapy dog program on burn center patients and staff
| Contributor(s):: Pruskowski, K. A., Gurney, J. M., Cancio, L. C.
'Introduction of facility therapy dogs to 911 communication centers: A proposal': Correction to Cole et al (2020)
Who let the dogs out? Therapy dogs in clinical practice
| Contributor(s):: Jones, M. G., Rice, S. M., Cotton, S. M.
Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents’ perspectives
| Contributor(s):: Ward, Tanya, Goldingay, Sophie, Parson, Judi
Enhancing Success of Veterinary Visits for Clients With Disabilities and an Assistance Dog or Companion Animal: A Review
| Contributor(s):: Grigg, E. K., Hart, L. A.
The Role of Animal Assisted Intervention on Improving Self-Esteem in Children With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
| Contributor(s):: Schuck, S. E. B., Johnson, H. L., Abdullah, M. M., Stehli, A., Fine, A. H., Lakes, K. D.
Turning the Page for Spot: Exploring the Potential of Therapy Dogs to Support Reading Motivation and Positive Reading Behaviours Among Young Children
| Contributor(s):: Camille Xinmei Rousseau
Animal-assisted literacy programs are growing in popularity as research continues to reveal their benefits for promoting children’s reading skills and positive reading behaviours. Struggling readers may benefit the most from canine-assisted literacy programs as these programs may increase...
Animal-assisted activities for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Teachers' and parents' perceptions
| Contributor(s):: Charis Hawkridge
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder which currently affects an estimated one percent of the international population and that percentage appears to be growing. There is currently no single intervention that has been found to improve all the symptoms of ASD, and the most...
Physiological and behavioral effects of animal-assisted interventions on therapy dogs in pediatric oncology settings
| Contributor(s):: McCullough, Amy, Jenkins, Molly A., Ruehrdanz, Ashleigh, Gilmer, Mary Jo, Olson, Janice, Pawar, Anjali, Holley, Leslie, Sierra-Rivera, Shirley, Linder, Deborah E., Pichette, Danielle, Grossman, Neil J., Hellman, Cynthia, Guérin, Noémie A., O’Haire, Marguerite E.
Over the past two decades, animal-assisted interventions (AAIs), defined as the purposeful incorporation of specially trained animals in services to improve human health, have become increasingly popular in clinical settings. However, to date, there have been few rigorously-designed studies aimed...
Alliance of Therapy Dogs
Alliance of Therapy Dogs is a national organization with its corporate office located in Cheyenne, WY. ATD was incorporated in the year 1990. Currently we have 12,000+ handler/dog teams in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories. It is a goal of ATD to provide registration,...