In the BuddyStudy, we used dog fostering as a proxy for dog acquisition, and examined how taking a dog into one’s home affects physical activity and psychosocial well-being. All study participants fostered a shelter dog through Last Hope K9 Rescue (https://www.lasthopek9.org/). Most adopted their foster dog after the study!
The BuddyStudy pilot was recently published open-access in the journal Animals: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/9/666
The PALS study had two parts. PALS part I was a cross-sectional survey study (n=422) investigating the health benefits of dog and cat ownership. PALS part II used accelerometers (n=50) to determine the intensity of dog walking behavior (e.g., light versus moderate) and to examine variations in physical activity among dog owners (compared to non-dog owners) across seasons.
Manuscripts from PALS are currently in preparation!
The SPOT study was a randomized controlled pilot trial (n=41) that tested dog obedience training as an intervention to increases physical activity among inactive dog owners. SPOT was performed in partnership with Caryl-Rose Pofcher of My Dog, LLC in Hadley, MA (http://www.mydogtraining.net/)
The SPOT study was supported by an award from the American College of Sports Medicine Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity to Dr. Potter.
The primary outcomes paper is under review!