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  1. Riding for the Handicapped of Western Pennsylvania

    RHWPA Inc. is a therapeutic horseback riding program that has helped children and young adults with disabilities for more than 30 years. It is run by volunteers and funded by donations, fundraising, and grants.

  2. Dog Jack

    Contributor(s):: Studebaker, Dan, Jr.

  3. Impact of animal-assisted therapy for outpatients with fibromyalgia

    Contributor(s):: Marcus, D. A., Bernstein, C. D., Constantin, J. M., Kunkel, F. A., Breuer, P., Hanlon, R. B.

  4. Young's Funny Farm

    Young's Funny Farm, located in PA, utilizes a variety of rescued animals for therapy work.

  5. Dog eat dog: Biological metaphors, identity politics and gentrification in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties

    | Contributor(s):: Hardy, Lisa Jane

  6. Validity of model devices used to assess canine temperament in behavioral tests

    | Contributor(s):: Barnard, S., Siracusa, C., Reisner, I., Valsecchi, P., Serpell, J. A.

  7. A comparison of dog bite injuries in younger and older children treated in a pediatric emergency department

    | Contributor(s):: Bernardo, L. M., Gardner, M. J., Rosenfield, R. L., Cohen, B., Pitetti, R.

    Objective: Dog bites account for a significant number of traumatic injuries in the paediatric population that often require medical treatment. Although agent, host, and environmental characteristics of dog bites have been well documented, no attempt has been made to compare these characteristics...

  8. Behavioral assessment of child-directed canine aggression

    | Contributor(s):: Reisner, I. R., Shofer, F. S., Nance, M. L.

  9. Behavioural characteristics associated with dog bites to children presenting to an urban trauma centre

    | Contributor(s):: Reisner, I. R., Nance, M. L., Zeller, J. S., Houseknecht, E. M., Kassam-Adams, N., Wiebe, D. J.

    Children are the most frequent victims of dog bites presenting to hospital emergency departments (ED), but there are gaps in understanding of the circumstances of such bites. The objective of this study was to characterise the behavioural circumstances of dog bites by interviewing children

  10. Unreported dog bites in children

    | Contributor(s):: Beck, A. M., Jones, B. A.

    In 1981, more than 3,200 Pennsylvania children, ages 4 to 18 years, were surveyed about their dog bite histories and attitudes toward animals. Dog bites were much more common than previously reported: 45 percent of children had been bitten during their lifetimes, and 15.5 percent had been bitten...

  11. Volunteers, animals, and butterflies equal good therapy

    | Contributor(s):: Harris, M. D., Levicoff, J.

  12. Comparison of 42 cases of canine fear-related aggression with structured clinician initiated follow-up and 25 cases with unstructured client initiated follow-up

    | Contributor(s):: Radosta-Huntley, L., Shofer, F., Reisner, I.

    A survey was conducted of 67 cases of human-directed, canine fear-related aggression presented to the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania between 3 September 2003 and 21 September 2004 to examine the effect of two different types of follow-up. Clients either...

  13. Attachment to pet dogs and depression in rural older adults

    | Contributor(s):: Miltiades, H., Shearer, J.

    The purpose of this study was to learn more about the relationship between pet attachment, the ability to care for a pet, and depression in older adults. One hundred and seventeen Caucasian, older, adult dog owners in rural, south-central Pennsylvania were recruited using non-random sampling...

  14. Modification of instinctive herding dog behavior using reinforcement and punishment

    | Contributor(s):: Marschark, E. D., Baenninger, R.

    "Instinctive" behavior may be modified using operant techniques. We report here on a field study of training herding dogs in which reinforcers and punishers were used by owners, who were themselves being trained to control their dogs. Access to sheep was assumed to be a primary reinforcer for...