“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)
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