Two new papers on best practices for therapy dogs in hospital settings and a multidisciplinary framework for evaluating effects of dogs on human health

Canine-Assisted Interventions in Hospitals: Best Practices for Maximizing Human and Canine Safety” evaluates the evidence, issues, and challenges for establishing and maintaining safe and effective canine-assisted intervention programs in hospital settings. The article also recommends best practices for therapy dog programs based on scientific evidence and modeled after a successful evidence-based program currently in place at a major medical center with both scientific and practical implications considered. 

Dogs Supporting Human Health and Wellbeing: A Biopsychosocial Approach utilises the biopsychosocial model to provide a theoretical framework with which to guide and conceptualise research results when evaluating HAI studies related to supporting human health. The authors suggest that by approaching HAI research from biological, psychological, and social realms, researchers can help explain and reduce variability in current and future studies. Additionally, this approach can help draw more precise conclusions about, and greater understanding of, the impact of the human-canine bond on human health and wellbeing.

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