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  • “The underlying theme of animal assisted therapy programs is that by teaching youth to train, care for, and interact in a nurturing manner with animals will reduce any propensity for aggression and violence” (Bavolek, 2000).

 

  • For emotionally disturbed boys, training dogs has been shown to decrease hyperactivity, increase socialization, and decrease oppositional behavior (Kogan, et al., 1999)  

 

  • Adults abused as children who experience healthy HAB were less likely to abuse animals or children than those w/o attachment (Nebbe, 1997)

 

  • 40 hour animal-oriented humane education program for elementary students showed students had greater empathy towards humans at end of program and 1 year later (Ascione, 1992; Ascione & Weber, 1996)

 

  • Children who participate in shelter dog training programs speak of deep, positive relationships they develop with dogs and an increase in self-esteem as they saw outcomes of new skills learned (Bondarenko, 2007; Loar & Colman, 2004)

What Does the Research Say?

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