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  1. How therapy dogs can be an intervention tool for struggling readers | Karen Burns | TEDxSaltLakeCity

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    | Contributor(s):: Karen Burns

    Learning to read is arguably one of the most important skills taught in school, and it is no surprise how challenging it can be. Karen Burns knows how the reading skills gap can affect someone for their entire life. In this poignant, and sometimes funny, talk, Karen tells us how man's best...

  2. Die effek van 'n troeteldier-ondersteunde leesprogram op die leesvaardighede van graad 3-kinders in 'n Wes-Kaapse laerskool

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    | Contributor(s):: Marieanna C. Le Roux

    Leesprobleme is ʼn wêreldwye probleem, selfs in eerstewêreldlande soos Amerika. In Suid-Afrika is die geletterdheidsyfers selfs baie swakker. Die resultate van die PIRLS-studie dui daarop dat 80% van Suid-Afrikaanse kinders se leesvaardighede nie ten volle ontwikkel is wanneer hulle...

  3. The Secret Life of Dogs | Julia Espinosa | TEDxUofT

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    | Contributor(s):: Julia Espinosa

    Julia Espinosa challenges the anthropocentric view of how nonhuman animals sense and perceive the world, using domestic dogs as an example. Humans often view dogs as little humans. Yet, they are vastly different in some sensory abilities, such as sight and smell. By critically examining our...

  4. Teaching Children and Parents to Understand Dog Signaling

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    | Contributor(s):: Kerstin Meints, Victoria Brelsford, Tiny De Keuster

    Safe human-dog relationships require understanding of dogs' signaling. As children are at particularly high risk of dog bites, we investigated longitudinally how children from 3 to 5 years and parents perceive and interpret dogs' distress signaling gestures. All participants were then...

  5. Corrigendum: Clinical Presentation, Causes, Treatment, and Outcome of Lip Avulsion Injuries in Dogs and Cats: 24 Cases (2001–2017)

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    | Contributor(s):: Kelly M. Saverino, Alexander M. Reiter

    A corrigendum on Clinical Presentation, Causes, Treatment, and Outcome of Lip Avulsion Injuries in Dogs and Cats: 24 Cases (2001–2017) by Saverino, K. M., and Reiter, A. M. (2018). Front. Vet. Sci. 5:144. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00144

  6. Pressure Mat Analysis of Walk and Trot Gait Characteristics in 66 Normal Small, Medium, Large, and Giant Breed Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria A. Fahie, Jonathan C. Cortez, Marc Ledesma, Yuhua Su

    Objectives: To document temporospatial variables and gait symmetry measured by the GAITRite® system for normal, healthy dogs at the walk and trot with the leash side recorded. Study Design: Observational, prospective, cohort study. Sample Population: 66 healthy dogs of various common breeds...

  7. Dogs For Better Lives

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    Award-winning Dogs for Better Lives is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Central Point, Oregon. Formerly known as Dogs for the Deaf, we have been providing Assistance Dogs to people across the United States since 1977. Dogs for Better Lives’ mission is to professionally train...

  8. Lemmikkieläimet lapsen kehityksen tukena

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    | Contributor(s):: Minna Hautala

    Opinnäytetyöni tarkoituksena oli saada tietoa siitä, miten lemmikkieläimet voivat olla tukena lapsen kehityksessä. Tutkimuksen päätavoitteena oli saada tietoa leikki-ikäisten lasten vanhemmilta lemmikkieläinten vaikutuksesta lapsen kehitykseen...

  9. The effect of age on visuo-spatial short-term memory in family dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Patrizia Piotti, Dóra Szabó, Lisa Wallis, Zsófia Bognár, Bianka Stiegmann, Anna Egerer, Pauline Marty, Enikő Kubinyi

    Decline in the visuo-spatial memory domain may be an early marker for cognitive decline and has a relevant impact on animal welfare. Current research on visuo-spatial memory in family dogs is often limited by factors such as the need of extensive pre-training, limited attention to co-occurring...

  10. Patriots and Paws

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    The Patriots and Paws mission is to provide Veterans/Active Military/Reservists and their families throughout Southern California basic home furnishings for newly acquired residences.  Additionally, at Patriots and Paws for those Veteran/Military service folks that are interested, they can...

  11. An Evaluation of Respondent Conditioning Procedures to Decrease Barking in an Animal Shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Steven Wade Payne, Kian S Assemi

    A common problem behavior in animal shelters is excessive noise from barking, which can regularly exceed 100dBs.  Noise levels in animal shelters are correlated with increased stress in dogs, which may lead to increased problem behavior and a decrease in adoption.  The purpose of the...

  12. Comparing trainers' reports of clicker use to the use of clickers in applied research studies: methodological differences may explain conflicting results

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    | Contributor(s):: Lynna C Feng, Tiffani J Howell, Pauleen C Bennett

    Clicker training refers to an animal training technique, derived from laboratory-based studies of animal learning and behaviour, in which a reward-predicting signal is delivered immediately following performance of a desired behaviour, and is subsequently followed by a reward. While clicker...

  13. Canine Aggression: Understanding Owner Beliefs about the Biological Locus of Origin for Rehabilitation of Aggressive Behavior

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    | 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...

  14. Cats and owners interact more with each other after a longer duration of separation

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    | Contributor(s):: Matilda Eriksson, Linda J. Keeling, Therese Rehn

    Little is known about the cat’s (Felis silvestris catus) need for human contact, although it is generally believed that cats are more independent pets than e.g. dogs. In this study, we investigated the effect of time left alone at home on cat behaviour (e.g. social and distress-related)...

  15. How to build the forever dog | Rodney Habib | TEDxMexicoCitySalon

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodney Habib

    Digital storyteller Rodney Habib's dog, Sam, was diagnosed with cancer which sent him on a mission to save her life. Rodney Habib has spent his last years travelling the globe gathering the most up-to-date information on canine cancer. During his talk at TEDxMexicoCitySalon, Rodney shared...

  16. Our co-evolution with dogs | Karen Becker | TEDxMexicoCitySalon

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    | Contributor(s):: Karen Becker

    Karen Shaw Becker is the most followed veterinarian in the world, and for good reason. Dr Becker believes in a deliberate, common sense approach to creating and maintaining vibrant health for companion animals and an unconventional, integrative approach to addressing disease and re-establishing...

  17. An Animal-Assisted Intervention Study in the Nursing Home: Lessons Learned

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    | Contributor(s):: Lonneke G. J. A. Schuurmans, Inge Noback, Jos M. G. A. Schols, Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers

    AAI studies in the nursing home pose a specific set of challenges. In this article the practical and ethical issues encountered during a Dutch psychogeriatric nursing home AAI study are addressed with the aim of sharing our experiences for future researchers as well as AAI practitioners in...

  18. Canines for Christ of Greater Cincinnati

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    Canines For Christ is a faith based Pet Therapy group, showing Christian love through giving and acting. Our first priority is the people we help. Our primary focus is to get dogs and their handlers into the community visiting locations such as nursing homes, libraries, hospice, and many other...

  19. Salute of Service

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    Salute of Service is a 501c3 nonprofit grassroots service dog training program which is currently raising funds to assist Maine veterans who need service dogs. As result of the successful Owner Trained Service Dog Program at the University of Maine at Machias, several veterans approached our...

  20. Motionera med hund - en hälsofrämjande aspekt : En kvantitativ undersökning med fokus på kvinnors fysiska, psykiska och sociala målsättningar

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    | Contributor(s):: Cecilia Mannström

    Endast 17,5% av Finlands befolkning 2015 uppnår rekommendationerna för daglig fysisk aktivitet. Detta examensarbete är en kvantitativ undersökning. Syftet med detta examensarbete är att undersöka om kvinnor har fysiska, psykiska och sociala...