Visiting dog programs operate in relational contexts

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Several studies indicate that visiting dog programs can enhance the well-being of nursing home residents, and recent studies include exploration of minutia mechanisms of the resident-dog interaction that may mediate an effect. We argue that the context of such programs matters, too, and requires more investigation. In the presentation, we discuss two of the contextual aspects that may be important, namely, the staff’s perception of the program’s relevance, and the handler-dog-relationship...
Original languageEnglish
Publication date21 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2019
EventLiving With Animals 4: Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, Some We Need - Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, United States
Duration: 21 Mar 201923 Mar 2019
Conference number: 4


ConferenceLiving With Animals 4
LocationEastern Kentucky University
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Animal assisted intervention
  • nursing home dogs
  • human dog attachment


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