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  1. Cariad Pet Therapy

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    Cariad Pet Therapy is an award winning, not-for-profit Community Interest Company with our head office based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. We were established in September 2018. At Cariad Pet Therapy we provide therapy dog wellness visits with 65 volunteers and their therapy dogs across...

  2. Exploring and Developing the Questions Used to Measure the Human–Dog Bond: New and Existing Themes

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    | Contributor(s):: Samet, Lauren E., Vaterlaws-Whiteside, Helen, Harvey, Naomi D., Upjohn, Melissa M., Casey, Rachel A.

    Dogs play an important role in many western societies, providing companionship, emotional support, and assistance, as well as other more specialist roles. The literature reveals that many human–animal interaction (HAI) questionnaires exist to measure the human–dog bond (HDB). The...

  3. The Importance of Evaluating Positive Welfare Characteristics and Temperament in Working Therapy Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Miller, S. L., Serpell, J. A., Dalton, K. R., Waite, K. B., Morris, D. O., Redding, L. E., Dreschel, N. A., Davis, M. F.

    To date, investigations of the welfare of therapy dogs have focused largely on examining physiological and behavioral measures that could indicate if the animal is experiencing stress or distress. However, this approach does not fully address the definition of welfare which is often described as...

  4. Child-Dog Attachment, Emotion Regulation and Psychopathology: The Mediating Role of Positive and Negative Behaviours

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    | Contributor(s):: Hawkins, R. D., Robinson, C., Brodie, Z. P.

    Emerging evidence suggests that pet dogs can offer features of a secure attachment which has been associated with healthy psychological development across the lifespan. Limited research has investigated the underpinning mechanisms that may contribute to the benefits and risks of child–dog...

  5. The Effect of Dog Videos on Subjective and Physiological Responses to Stress

    | Contributor(s):: Ein, Natalie, Reed, Maureen J., Vickers, Kristin

    Research indicates that animal-assisted therapy programs can reduce stress responses. However, animals are not always permitted in public settings. Thus, alternative forms to the physical presence of an animal could be beneficial. The objective of this study was to determine (1) whether exposure...

  6. Perceived importance of specific kennel management practices for the provision of canine welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Cobb, M. L., Carter, A., Lill, A., Bennett, P. C.

    There is public interest for the welfare of dogs that spend at least part of their lives housed in kennel facilities, such as working, shelter and sporting dogs. The impacts of living in environments that limit social, physical, and behavioral opportunities are generally well understood in other...

  7. Designing Man's New Best Friend: Enhancing Human-Robot Dog Interaction through Dog-Like Framing and Appearance

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    | Contributor(s):: de Visser, E. J., Topoglu, Y., Joshi, S., Krueger, F., Phillips, E., Gratch, J., Tossell, C. C., Ayaz, H.

    To understand how to improve interactions with dog-like robots, we evaluated the importance of "dog-like" framing and physical appearance on interaction, hypothesizing multiple interactive benefits of each. We assessed whether framing Aibo as a puppy (i.e., in need of development)...

  8. Researchers, not dogs, lack control in an experiment on jealousy

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Vonk

    Cook and colleagues (2018) have developed a clever method to measure fMRI in awake dogs in response to a number of interesting stimuli. As a result, they are able to determine neural correlates of observable behavior. They report that dogs may experience something akin to jealousy because they...

  9. Theoretical Foundations to the Impact of Dog-Related Activities on Human Hedonic Well-Being, Life Satisfaction and Eudaimonic Well-Being

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    | Contributor(s):: Barcelos, A. M., Kargas, N., Maltby, J., Hall, S., Assheton, P., Mills, D. S.

    Cross-sectional comparisons of well-being between dog owners and non-owners commonly generate inconsistent results. Focusing on the uniqueness of the relationship might help address this issue and provide a stronger foundation for dog-related psychotherapeutic interventions. This study aims to...

  10. Mutuality and well-being: The human–animal bond

    | Contributor(s):: King, Betz, McGlinn, Maureen, Duberstein, Adam

  11. The Animal Welfare Science of Working Dogs: Current Perspectives on Recent Advances and Future Directions

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    | Contributor(s):: Cobb, M. L., Otto, C. M., Fine, A. H.

    Working dogs are prevalent throughout our societies, assisting people in diverse contexts, from explosives detection and livestock herding, to therapy partners. Our scientific exploration and understanding of animal welfare have grown dramatically over the last decade. As community attitudes...

  12. Who Lets the Dog In? Differential Effects of a Dog-Training Program for Incarcerated Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Duindam, Hanne M., Creemers, Hanneke E., Hoeve, Machteld, Asscher, Jessica J.

  13. Assessment of Detection of Potential Dog-Bite Risks in the Home Using a Real-Time Hazard Perception Test

    | Contributor(s):: Christley, Robert, Nelson, Georgia, Millman, Caroline, Westgarth, Carri

  14. Best Practices for Non-Profit Organizations Using Human-Aminal Interaction as an Intervention with At-Risk Youth

    | Contributor(s):: Sly, Jai Oni

  15. Pandemic Puppies: Characterising Motivations and Behaviours of UK Owners Who Purchased Puppies during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Packer, R. M. A., Brand, C. L., Belshaw, Z., Pegram, C. L., Stevens, K. B., O'Neill, D. G.

    Widespread media reports suggest that unusually high numbers of the public purchased, or sought to purchase, puppies following the first 'lockdown' phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, dubbed "Pandemic Puppies". This study aimed to explore this phenomenon by comparing...

  16. Pet-Human Relationships: Dogs versus Cats

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    | Contributor(s):: González-Ramírez, M. T., Landero-Hernández, R.

    The study of human-animal interactions has increased, focusing on the dog-owner relationship, leaving a lag in research on the cat-owner relationship and practically a total absence of studies that compare the dog-owner relationship with the cat-owner relationship. Therefore, the objective of...

  17. The Effect of Therapy Dogs on Preoperative Anxiety

    | Contributor(s):: Foerder, Preston, Royer, Morgan

  18. Developing and Assessing the Validity of a Scale to Assess Pet Dog Quality of Life: Lincoln P-QoL

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    | Contributor(s):: Sophie S. Hall, Beverley J. Brown, Daniel S. Mills

    There has been little investment in exploring the impact of the child-dog relationship on the dog. Since child-dog interactions can pose potentially serious threats to a dog’s physical and psychological health, as well as the wider satisfaction of the owner with their dog, we describe...

  19. Do we understand what it means for dogs to experience emotion?

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    | Contributor(s):: Lasana T. Harris

    Psychologists who study humans struggle to agree on a definition of emotion, falling primarily into two camps. Though recent neuroscience advances are beginning to settle this ancient debate, it cannot solve the private-language problem at the heart of inferences about social cognition. This...

  20. The Perceived Impact of The First UK COVID-19 Lockdown on Companion Animal Welfare and Behaviour: A Mixed-Method Study of Associations with Owner Mental Health

    | Contributor(s):: Shoesmith, Emily, Santos de Assis, Luciana, Shahab, Lion, Ratschen, Elena, Toner, Paul, Kale, Dimitra, Reeve, Catherine, Mills, Daniel S.