New Zealand Pet Owners’ Demographic Characteristics, Personality, and Health and Wellbeing: More Than Just a Fluff Piece
Contributor(s):: Fraser, Gloria, Huang, Yanshu, Robinson, Kealagh, Wilson, Marc S., Bulbulia, Joseph, Sibley, Chris G.
Although the relationship between pet ownership and health and wellbeing has received considerable attention in popular media, research on the topic shows inconsistent findings. We addressed the methodological weaknesses of previous studies by using data from a national probability survey (the...
Canine Aggression: Understanding Owner Beliefs about the Biological Locus of Origin for Rehabilitation of Aggressive Behavior
| Contributor(s):: Destiny DeHart
The topic of canine aggression– threatening or hostile behavior involving actual and or potential harm to another – invokes many emotional responses due to the often violent connotations regarding aggressive canines. Research focusing on various methods of rehabilitation has...
Dogs: A Prescription for Health Issues?
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| Contributor(s):: Denise Magallon
The human-‐animal bond has been seen throughout many generations. Pet owners, especially those who own dogs, are known to live a different lifestyle than non-‐pet owners. However, the individuals who can receive the most benefits from dogs are those with certain psychological and...
Governing Pet Love: 'Crazy Cat Ladies,' Cultural Discourse, and the Spatial Logics of Inter-Species Intimacies
| Contributor(s):: William L. McKeithen
Pet animals in the United States have been increasingly incorporated into relationships and spaces of intimacy. As a result, an intense set of discourses has emerged to delineate and govern what modes of interspecies intimacy are `normal' or `inappropriate.' The widely known stereotype of...
A two pan feeding trial with companion dogs: considerations for future testing
| Contributor(s):: Jodi C. Vondran
Palatability of pet foods is judged by the use of animals in colonies. Pet food manufacturers would like to understand how palatable a food is compared to another food. This generally is accomplished by a two pan test where a pet has the opportunity to freely choose between two foods. Preference...
Without a home but not without a companion: an ethnographic study
| Contributor(s):: Catherine M. Riley
This study aims to explore the personal perspective of people who are homeless and their pet companions. This study examines the benefits and challenges of the homeless pet owner in Sacramento, CA. The study’s purpose is to discuss the benefits and challenges as well as further explore the...
Citizen Science as a New Tool in Dog Cognition Research
| Contributor(s):: Laughlin Stewart, Evan L. MacLean, David Ivy, Vanessa Woods, Eliot Cohen, Kerri Rodriguez, Matthew McIntyre, Sayan Mukherjee, Josep Call, Juliane Kaminski, Adam Miklosi, Richard W. Wrangham, Brian Hare
Family dogs and dog owners offer a potentially powerful way to conduct citizen science to answer questions about animal behavior that are difficult to answer with more conventional approaches. Here we evaluate the quality of the first data on dog cognition collected by citizen scientists using...
The effect of animal companions and state anxiety
| Contributor(s):: Heather Amber Silver
The present study is a pilot study which examined the effects of reading conditions (oral vs. silent), type of activity (resting vs. reading), and the experimenter's presence (present vs. absent) on anxiety states utilizing the State anxiety (A-State) scale of the...
Teaching rabbit care, empathy, and responsibility
| Contributor(s):: Meryl B. Dickman
Acclimating and housetraining a new rabbit should be approached in an organized and efficient manner. Due to the lack of instructional guides for rabbit housetraining currently available, new rabbit owners do not have adequate housetraining resources. Lack of proper housetraining instruction,...
How has the domestication of dogs impacted native North American culture and way of life?
| Contributor(s):: Mikaela E. Reisman
Dogs, as the only domestic mammal in North America, were a part of the life and culture of the people who migrated to the Americas from Eurasia. Originally domesticated from Eurasian wolves, the uses of dogs expanded once the Native American ancestors spread throughout the continents. I...
Dogs and cats need responsible owners
| Contributor(s):: Jack L. Tuttle
Pet overpopulation has become a nationwide problem. The estimated 80 million dogs and cats in this country are about 20 percent more dogs and cats than can possibly be kept as pets. Putting unwanted animals to sleep cost $125 million in 1975. As a result, there have been increased efforts to have...
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...
Critical incidents in grieving the death of companion animals
| Contributor(s):: David Allan Alexander
This study examined what bereaved pet owners found particularly helpful and particularly difficult in their grieving process. The Critical Incident Technique (CIT) was used. Eight bereaved pet owners identified 87 helping and 44 hindering categories that formed 12 helping and 7 hindering...
The significance of companion dogs in the everyday lives of their human caregivers
| Contributor(s):: Nandini Sharada Maharaj
Using a qualitative design, the purpose of the study was to examine how people describe their relationship with their dog and what kinds of things they do that suggest this bond represents a meaningful relationship. Dog owners (N=27) aged 19 years and older were invited to participate in a focus...
Pet population and the pet-owner bond
| Contributor(s):: Messent, Peter R, Horsfield, S, Lorenz, Konrad, International Symposium on the Occasion of the 80th Birthday of Nobel Prize Winner DDr. Konrad Lorenz (1983: Vienna, Austria)
Influence of pet ownership on non-verbal communication and social competence in children.
| Contributor(s):: Guttman, G., Predovic, M, Zemanek, M., Lorenz, Konrad, International Symposium on the Occasion of the 80th Birthday of Nobel Prize Winner DDr. Konrad Lorenz (1983: Vienna, Austria)
New findings on communication behaviour between the young child and his pet dog
| Contributor(s):: Filiatre, J. C., Millot, J. L., Montagner, H., Lorenz, Konrad, International Symposium on the Occasion of the 80th Birthday of Nobel Prize Winner DDr. Konrad Lorenz (1983: Vienna, Austria)
Why we outlive our pets
| Contributor(s):: Grimm, D.
A new breed of heath care (cover story)
| Contributor(s):: Udell, Melody
When the client wants to leave it to the cat: CPAs and lawyers' estate planning services for clients with pets
| Contributor(s):: Hayes, Michael