The State of Research on Human–Animal Relations: Implications for Human Health
| Contributor(s):: Deborah L. Wells
Since the late 1970s, scientific evidence has accumulated showing that pet ownership can have positive effects on people’s physical and mental wellbeing. This paper reviews the current state of affairs regarding the relationship between companion animals and human health, focusing on both...
The experiences of adolescents in residential care participating in equine assisted learning
| Contributor(s):: Louise Fischer
High-risk behaviour among adolescents places heavy burdens on the public health, social welfare and criminal justice systems of many countries. Today, Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is increasingly used as an adjunct and experiential intervention programme to support the learning and personal...
Quality of life of tertiary students and their attachment to a companion animal
| Contributor(s):: Michelle Gerber
Companion animals have become an important aspect in the lives of many individuals (Serpell, 2010). It has been shown that attachment to a companion animal may have a beneficial impact on several aspects of an individual’s life (O’Haire, 2010). Collectively, these aspects can...
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) : what is it?
| Contributor(s):: Elri Hettema
This study focuses on existing research into the field of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and attempts to provide a clear answer as to what animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is. In addition, the limitations of current research, as well as future opportunities for research in this field and some...
The relationship between pet attachment, perceived stress and life satisfaction: An online survey
| Contributor(s):: Simonne L. Wright
International research on pet ownership has found a wide array of physical, psychological and social benefits as a result of human-animal interaction (HAI) (Beetz, Uvnäs-Moberg, Julius, & Kotrschal, 2012). In spite of South Africa’s declining economic situation, South Africa has...
Assessing Pet Rabbit Welfare Based on General Discussion on Human-Animal Relationship
| Contributor(s):: Yufei Ren
Pets are popular worldwide, and more than half of human population keep pets. Cats and dogs have the highest percentage of being kept in households, and the population of rabbits is about one-tenth of cats or dogs. Humans’ love for pets can be dated back to Holocene when humans started to...
Lessons from Listening to Horses | Lucinda Vette | TEDxOshkosh
| Contributor(s):: Lucinda Vette
The story of Cimarron, a former drug-running horse turned "teacher," illustrates the evolving role of the horse/human bond; and provides an inspiring framework for living and leading effectively, and from the heart, in an interconnected world. Lucinda Vette, an Oshkosh native,...
Effects of Affiliative Human–Animal Interaction on Dog Salivary and Plasma Oxytocin and Vasopressin
| Contributor(s):: Evan MacLean, Laurence R Gesquiere, Nancy R Gee, Kerinne Levy, W Lance Martin, C Sue Carter
Oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) are neuropeptides with diverse effects on social behavior, cognition and stress responses. Recent studies suggest that OT facilitates and responds to affiliative forms of human–animal interaction (HAI). However, previous studies measuring OT and AVP in...
Paws for Thought: The Importance of Dogs in a Seniors Social Intervention
| Contributor(s):: Elisa Maria Concetta Papotto, Jessica Lee Oliva Dr
As Australia faces an aging population with an unprecedented life expectancy, it is the community’s obligation to ensure seniors are offered resources to support their well-being. Studies investigating loneliness in aged-care facilities attest to the therapeutic properties of dogs for...
Dances of the Heart: Connecting with Animals | Sally Morgan | TEDxEasthamptonWomen
| Contributor(s):: Sally Morgan
Sally Morgan and Tristan Corgi will teach us the value of communicating with our four-legged friends. Noted author and animal, Sally has spent a lifetime honoring the relationships we share with the pets in our lives. Sally Morgan PT CST, teacher, speaker and author of the Amazon bestseller...
Transformative Relationships: Humans and Animals
| Contributor(s):: Clarke, P. N.
It's raining cats, dogs and diapers! The intersections of rising pet ownership and LGBTQ+ coupledom
| Contributor(s):: Gabb, Jacqui
The Role of Man's Best Friend: Assessing the Cultural Liminality of the Canis Lupus Familiars and Its Influence on Human Societies
| Contributor(s):: Julianne L. D'Amico
This project combines history and folklore to illuminate the concept of liminality and the human-dog relationship as it has evolved since the species domestication. The lore highlights the permanent liminality of the dog, the use of the species as remedies in Folk Medicine, and the dog's...
The Interspecies Family: Attitudes and Narratives
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| Contributor(s):: Nicole Lynne Owens
Families are conceptualized and accomplished in increasingly diverse ways in the 21st century. A constructionist framework was utilized to examine a widespread contemporary family form, the interspecies family. This mixed-method approach relied on both quantitative survey data and qualitative...
Editorial: Children and Companion Animals: Psychosocial, Medical and Neurobiological Implications
| Contributor(s):: Andrea Beetz, lynette arnason hart, Brinda Inida Jegatheesan, Naoko Koda
This Research Topic presents experiences with companion animals provided to children in varied settings. Methods include monitoring of the ongoing interaction of children with companion animals, or conducting interviews or surveys, as well as experimental interventions where changes occurring...
Factors Associated With Bites to a Child From a Dog Living in the Same Home: A Bi-National Comparison
| Contributor(s):: Locksley L. McV. Messam, Philip H. Kass, Bruon B. Chomel, lynette arnason hart
We conducted a veterinary clinic-based retrospective cohort study aimed at identifying child-, dog-, and home-environment factors associated with dog bites to children aged 5–15 years old living in the same home as a dog in Kingston, Jamaica (236) and San Francisco, USA (61). Secondarily,...
Expectations for dog ownership: Perceived physical, mental and psychosocial health consequences among prospective adopters
| Contributor(s):: Lauren Powell, Debbie Chia, Paul McGreevy, Anthony L Podberscek, Kate M. Edwards, Brendon Neilly, Adam J Gustaella, Vanessa Lee, Emmanuel Stamatakis
Dog ownership is popular worldwide, with most human-dog dyads forming successful attachment bonds. However, millions of dogs are surrendered to animal shelters annually, possibly due to mismatches between owner expectations and the realities of dog ownership. The aim of the current study was to...
Exploring bereaved older adult pet owner's relationship and grief experiences following the death of a companion animal
| Contributor(s):: Sabine B. J. Volkmann
Grieving the Loss of a Pet Needs the Health System Recognition
| Contributor(s):: Bidhu K. Mohanti
Globally there is increased presence of pets in the households. This non-human relationship, with its dimensions of physical and emotional bonds, can get severely jolted on the death of the companion animal. It sets a feeling, ‘our life is now left with a void and the house feels utterly...
The attachment of humans to pets and their reactions to pet death
| Contributor(s):: A. L. Podberscek, J.K. Blackshaw