Dogs and the Good Life: A Cross-Sectional Study of the Association Between the Dog-Owner Relationship and Owner Mental Wellbeing
| 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...
Leashes, Litterboxes, and Lifelines: Exploring Volunteer-Based Pet Care Assistance Programs for Older Adults
| Contributor(s):: McLennan, K., Rock, M. J., Mattos, E., Toohey, A. M.
At the convergence of population aging and pet-ownership, community stakeholders are well-positioned to support older adults’ relationships with companion animals through age-related transitions in health and living arrangements. In this study’s setting, a volunteer-based pet care...
Community attitudes reflect reporting rates and prevalence of animal mistreatment
| Contributor(s):: Glanville, C., Ford, J., Cook, R., Coleman, G. J.
Community attitudes toward the treatment of animals are important to understand for the development of intervention programs to prevent mistreatment. We aimed to investigate whether previously identified differences between local government areas (LGAs) in the rates of animal mistreatment...
Bad dog: feral and free-roaming dogs as agents of conflict
| Contributor(s):: Julie K. Young, D. L. Bergman, M. Ono
Domestic dogs are ubiquitous where humans reside. While typically considered a companion animal, their ability to thrive as feral and free-roaming animals often results in conflict with wildlife and is an impediment to conservation goals (Gompper, 2013). Home, Bhatnagar & Vanak (2018)...
Coyote (Canis latrans) diet in an urban environment: variation relative to pet conflicts, housing density, and season
| Contributor(s):: S. A. Poessel, E. C. Mock, S. W. Breck
Coyotes (Canis latrans Say, 1823) are highly successful in urbanized environments, but as they populate cities, conflict can occur and often manifests in the form of incidents with pets. To better understand whether coyotes view pets as prey or, alternatively, as competitors or a threat,...
Taking it out on the dog: psychological and behavioral correlates of animal abuse proclivity
| Contributor(s):: Parfitt, C., Alleyne, E.
There is a lack of research examining the criminogenic factors related to animal abuse perpetrated by adults, despite the high prevalence of this type of offending. A correlational study examining the factors related to two types of animal abuse proclivity was used. We found that childhood...
Conflicting perspectives on nonhuman animal rescues in natural disasters
| Contributor(s):: Every, D., Due, C., Thompson, K., Ryan, J.
Nonhuman animal guardians are more at risk during natural disasters because they are likely to delay or refuse evacuation and return to evacuated disaster sites to rescue animals. Research on the human-animal bond (HAB) views animal guardians' actions as a reflection of a strong attachment....
Pets in the context of disaster: challenges of (de)protectionAnimais de estimacao em contexto de desastres: desafios de (des)protecao
| Contributor(s):: Antonio, L. S., Valencio, N. F. L. da S.
Immeasurable social-environmental damage and losses occur in catastrophic disasters related to hydro meteorological events. Some of them have prominence to the authorities who work in the emergency context and others do not. In Brazil, in general, animals seriously affected in these disasters...
Interaction with shelter dogs reduces negative affect of adolescents in substance use disorder treatment
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| Contributor(s):: Ellsworth, L. M., Tragesser, S., Newberry, R. C.
We investigated the effectiveness of a human-animal interaction program, involving dogs from an animal shelter, in improving affect of adolescent males in inpatient treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). We hypothesized that adolescents would experience improvements in affect and attitudes...
An investigation of the Rusbult Investment Model of commitment in relationships with pets
| Contributor(s):: Baker, Z. G., Petit, W. E., Brown, C. M.
The present research examines relationships between people and their pets through the lens of the Rusbult Investment Model. The Rusbult Investment Model identifies important antecedents to commitment in a relationship: satisfaction with the relationship, quality of alternatives to the...
An exploratory study of animal cruelty prosecution in New York
| Contributor(s):: Kordzek, A.
In the past several years, there have been significant changes in law pertaining to cruelty toward non-human animals. While prosecutors have more options available to them today than in the past, research has failed to examine prosecutors' actions in cases involving animal cruelty. This research...
The effects of an animal-assisted intervention on salivary alpha-amylase, salivary immunoglobulin A, and heart rate during forensic interviews in child sexual abuse cases
| Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, C. A., Friedmann, E.
Animal-assisted invention (AAI) in gaining attention as a therapeutic modality; however, the effect of it has not been well studied in the child welfare system. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of AAI on stress indicators (as measured by salivary alpha-amylase (sAA),...
The prevalence and implications of human-animal co-sleeping in an Australian sample
| Contributor(s):: Smith, B., Thompson, K., Clarkson, L., Dawson, D.
Sleep research is characterized by an interest in humans, with the realm of animal sleep left largely to ethologists and animal scientists. However, the lives of sleep-study participants and those with sleep problems frequently involve animals. For the majority of the population in developed...
Dog obesity: can dog caregivers' (owners') feeding and exercise intentions and behaviors be predicted from attitudes?
| Contributor(s):: Rohlf, V. I., Toukhsati, S., Coleman, G. J., Bennett, P. C.
Dog obesity is a common nutritional disorder affecting up to 40% of the companion animal (pet) dog population in Australia and other developed nations. A clear understanding of factors determining relevant caregiver (owner) behaviors underpins effective treatment for this disorder. The theory of...
Social dimensions of the human-avian bond: parrots and their persons
| Contributor(s):: Anderson, P. K.
Though birds are among the most popular companion animals in the United States, little scholarly research has focused on the human- companion parrot relationship. This study uses an ethnographic approach and qualitative analysis to examine the parrot-pet owner relationship. Two and one half weeks...
"Nudging them back to reality": toward a growing public acceptance of the role dogs fulfill in ameliorating contemporary veterans' PTSD symptoms
| Contributor(s):: Taylor, M. F., Edwards, M. E., Pooley, J. A.
'Bling with bite' - the rise of status and weapon dogs
| Contributor(s):: Harding, S.
Potential benefits of canine companionship for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
| Contributor(s):: Stern, S. L., Donahue, D. A., Allison, S., Hatch, J. P., Lancaster, C. L., Benson, T. A., Johnson, A. L., Jeffreys, M. D., Pride, D., Moreno, C., Peterson, A. L.
The dog fancy at war: breeds, breeding, and britishness, 1914-1918
| Contributor(s):: Howell, P.
The link between animal abuse and family violence.
| Contributor(s):: Arkow, P.