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  1. Human-dog bond in the contemporary mayab: social perceptions and benefits associated with the hunter-Milpa dog in maya peasant-hunter life strategies in Yucatan, Mexico

    Contributor(s):: Plata, E., Montiel, S.

  2. Therapy Dogs in Couple and Family Therapy - A Therapist's Perspective

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    | Contributor(s):: Rachel Hequembourg Policay

    The purpose of this study was to contribute an increased understanding of therapists' experiences working with therapy dogs in couple and family therapy. This qualitative study sought to describe the overall experience of therapists who work with therapy dogs in couple and family therapy,...

  3. Dog-human behavioral synchronization: family dogs synchronize their behavior with child family members

    | Contributor(s):: Wanser, S. H., MacDonald, M., Udell, M. A. R.

  4. Acceptability of AAI from the Perspective of Elderly Clients, Family Members, and Staff-A Pilot Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Machová, K., Procházková, R., Konigová, P., Svobodová, I., Přibylová, L., Vadroňová, M.

    Although animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) are increasingly part of comprehensive rehabilitation and many of its effects are already well described, the methodology for performing AAI depends on the specific patient, animal, and treatment objective. Acceptability of AAI from all involved...

  5. Effects of Pet Dogs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their Families: Expectations versus Reality

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    | Contributor(s):: Hannah Wright, Sophie Hall, Annette Hames, Jessica Hardiman, Aaron Burgess, PAWS Team, Richard Mills, Daniel Mills

    Previous studies have examined the specific benefits of therapy and assistance dogs on children with autism, but until recently only anecdotes existed concerning the benefits of pet dogs. We conducted structured interviews with 40 parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to...

  6. Considering Family Dog Attachment Bonds: Do Dog-Parent Attachments Predict Dog-Child Attachment Outcomes in Animal-Assisted Interventions?

    | Contributor(s):: Wanser, S. H., Simpson, A. C., MacDonald, M., Udell, M. A. R.

  7. Pet Dogs Improve Family Functioning and Reduce Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    | Contributor(s):: Wright, Hannah, Hall, Sophie, Hames, Annette, Hardiman, Jessica, Mills, Richard, Team, Paws Project, Mills, Daniel

    There is increasing evidence to suggest that dogs are beneficial for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in therapy sessions, and anecdotal reports suggest that dogs may have wider benefits, in a family setting. This study investigated the effect of dog ownership on family functioning...

  8. More than noise?—Field investigations of intraspecific acoustic communication in dogs (Canis familiaris)

    | Contributor(s):: Péter, Pongrácz, Éva, Szabó, Anna, Kis, András, Péter, Ádám, Miklósi

    Besides being a widely investigated behavioural phenomenon, barks of dogs often represent a factor of nuisance for people. Although some argue that dog barking has no or only minimal communicative function, it was shown recently that these acoustic signals carry various information that humans...

  9. Evaluating a supported nature play programme, parents’ perspectives

    | Contributor(s):: Ward, Tanya, Goldingay, Sophie, Parson, Judi

  10. Factors affecting dog jumping on people

    | Contributor(s):: Rezac, Petr, Koru, Eva, Havlicek, Zdenek, Pospisilova, Dagmar

    Jumping on people is one of the most frequent problems in dogs. However, little is known about the factors influencing this behavior. The aim of the study was to assess whether in some period of their life the dogs jumped on people in five different contexts (on their household members entering...

  11. Effectiveness of verbal and gestural signals and familiarity with signal-senders on the performance of working dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Scandurra, Anna, Alterisio, Alessandra, Marinelli, Lieta, Mongillo, Paolo, Semin, Gün Refik, D’Aniello, Biagio

    We assessed how highly trained dogs respond to gestural versus verbal signals when their handlers or an unfamiliar person asked them to perform an obedience task. Dogs were requested to perform four different actions (“Sit”, “Down”, “Stay” and “Come”) upon receiving congruent (only gestural or...

  12. The existence of parenting styles in the owner-dog relationship

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    | Contributor(s):: Ineke R. van Herwijnen, Joanne A. M. van der Borg, Marc Naguib, Bonne Beerda

    Parents interact with children following specific styles, known to influence child development. These styles represent variations in the dimensions of demandingness and responsiveness, resulting in authoritarian, authoritative, permissive or uninvolved parenting. Given the similarities in the...

  13. An evaluation of the relationship between self-esteem and pet bonding in children

    | Contributor(s):: Pamela L. Evans-Smith

    Obesity has been linked to many physical as well as psychological problems. Many children who are obese suffer from low self-esteem. No studies have been published documenting the effect of owning a dog on the self-esteem of children who are obese. This study used a non-experimental, descriptive,...

  14. The Connection between Animal Abuse and Family Violence: A Selected Annotated Bibliography

    | Contributor(s):: Sharon L. Nelson

    This selected annotated bibliography assembles legal and social literature that examines the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Drawing from an ever-growing body of written works dedicated to the issue, the bibliography presents the works that are most informative and useful to the...

  15. Additional evidence is needed to recommend acquiring a dog to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A response to Crossman and Kazdin

    | Contributor(s):: Wright, Hannah F., Hall, Sophie, Mills, Daniel S.

  16. Functions of pets for young children

    | Contributor(s):: Dorothy C. Payne Mock

    The role or function that dogs and cats fulfill as pets in families with preschool-age children was examined in terms of pet prevalence, their relationship to animal fears, and their association with imaginary companions. The sample consisted of 37 children, three years nine months to five years...

  17. Recruiting psychosocial health effects of animals for families and communities: Transition to practice

    | Contributor(s):: Hart, Lynette A., Yamamoto, Mariko, Fine, Aubrey H.

  18. One lucky dog: John Pelimeno at TEDxFiDiWomen

    | Contributor(s):: John Pelimeno

    John is the Founder of Finding Rover. John was born in Marsala Sicily and immigrated to America with his parents when he was 18 months old. John is a graduate of Chico state University with a Bachlors degree in Construction Management. John owned and operated his own construction and...

  19. Women's health outcomes with social support from family, friends and companion dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Selzer, Bela Joanne

  20. Acquiring a pet dog significantly reduces stress of primary carers for children with autism spectrum disorder: A prospective case control study

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    | Contributor(s):: Wright, H. F., Hall, S., Hames, A., Hardiman, J., Mills, R., Mills, D. S.