Professional presentations

Teaching behavior analysis in a service dog training program. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Seattle, WA, May 26-29. Foreman, A., Parenti, L.M., Meade, B. J., Wilson, M. E., Scotti, J. R., Wirth, O. (May, 2012). Response acquisition by dogs using a signaled 10-second delay to reinforcement. Poster presented […]

Selecting Quality Service Dogs Part I: Morphological and Health Considerations

Service dogs include dogs for mobility, vision, hearing, developmental disabilities, diabetic alert, seizure alert, and psychiatric support. They are trained to “provide work or perform tasks related to an individual’s disability.” When accompanied by a service dog, the individual with a disability is afforded some public access protections (Parenti, Foreman, Meade, & Wirth, 2013). Current […]

Project ROVER’s Survey of Assistance Dog Providers

With the increasing demand for assistance dogs by individuals with physical and/or psychiatric disabilities (Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services, 2010), rapid growth is expected in the number of provider organizations that acquire, breed, train, and place dogs with individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, there is a lack of information […]

A revised taxonomy of assistance animals

The use of animals in various assistive, therapeutic, and emotional support roles has contributed to the uncoordinated expansion of labels used to distinguish these animals. To address the inconsistent vocabulary and confusion, this article proposes a concise taxonomy for classifying assistance animals. Several factors were identified to differentiate categories, including (1) whether the animal performs […]