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Category Archives: Therapy Dog Research

Roxy Helps Del Val Students Study Stress in Therapy Dogs

Much research has been done about how therapy dogs impact the people they serve, however not many studies have been done on how the therapy dogs are impacted. Roxy Therapy Dogs proudly partnered with two local Delaware Valley University students to study stress and its impact on the actual therapy dogs. The research results have… Continue Reading

What a Dog Can Do: Children with Autism and Therapy Dogs in Social Interaction

What a Dog Can Do: Children with Autism and Therapy Dogs in Social Interaction

For almost 50 years specially trained dogs have been used in clinical and family settings to facilitate how children with autism engage in social interaction and participate in everyday activities. Yet little theoretical grounding and empirical study of this socioclinical phenomenon has been offered by social science. Continue Reading

Effects of Reading with Adult Tutor/Therapy Dog Teams on Elementary Students’ Reading Achievement and Attitudes

Effects of Reading with Adult Tutor/Therapy Dog Teams on Elementary Students’ Reading Achievement and Attitudes

This study assessed the effect of reading aloud to handler/therapy dog teams on children’s oral reading fluency using a post-test control group design with repeated measures. Forty-five children in grades 2-5 were assigned to one of two groups using a stratified random assignment designed to equate groups based on grade and sex. Continue Reading