This interdisciplinary project examines the influence of dog ownership on human physical and mental health and social wellbeing.
Our mission is to produce robust research evidence that will be translated into making the most of dog-human coexistence.
We aim to collect causal evidence to determine the benefits of coexistence. Our team is developing a coherent series of research studies, including controlled trials in the community and major NSW rescue shelters, laboratory and clinical studies, epidemiological analyses of large population datasets, and qualitative studies to examine the influence of dog ownership on human physical and mental health and social wellbeing.
This project node will examine following aspects of dog ownership:
Our project node involves interdisciplinary collaborations that examine the influence of dog ownership on human physical, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. We want to understand how people and dogs can optimally coexist for the benefit of both species.
The evidence we produce helps optimise all stages of dog-human coexistence, from the mechanics behind adoption decisions to encouraging greater interaction and dog walking. The research we produce will generate important discussions and will influence policy, practice, and public health.