The Foster Parent-Foster Dog Bond: Evaluating the Secure-Base Effect as a Mechanism for Mutual Well-Being

February 26, 2020

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Organization: Oregon State University
Investigator(s): Monique Udell, Lauren Thielke
Grant Amount: $26,652.00
Project Type: Phase 1
Project Status: Research In Progress

Project Summary

The goal of this study from the Human-Animal Interaction Laboratory Department of Animal & Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State University is to show that the development of a secure attachment base is beneficial to foster dogs and is associated with better long-term outcomes. The investigators will utilize several validated tests (C-BARQ, LAPS, Behavioral Secure Base Test, Paired Attachment Test, Cognitive Bias,and Social Cognition Test) to assess dogs and their caregivers. The project will work in collaboration with Willamette Humane Society.

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