The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interaction

Benefits and Responsibilities of Pet Ownership

Edited by

  • I. Robinson


  • Ian Robinson, Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Waltham on the Wolds, Melton Mowbray, UK

In the last thirty years there has been a tremendous expansion in our knowledge of the behaviour of companion animals, and how humans and animals affect each other. The Waltham Book of Human Animal Interaction draws together key examples of work in this
area, with contributions from worldwide experts. After a brief review of the history of human-animal interactions, research findings from recent studies are discussed to show the benefits that can be gained from pet ownership. The role of animals in
care and therapy programmes is described. The owner pet relationship is then addressed from the perspective of owner responsibility towards the pet. The final chapter considers psychosocial effects of pet loss. This book provides an excellent
introduction to this fascinating field of research for all those who take a deep interest in the understanding of human and animal interactions.
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Book information

  • Published: April 1995
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-042285-5

Table of Contents

Associations between man and animals; The role of pets in enhancing human well being: effects on child development; The role of pets in enhancing human well being: effects for older people; The role of pets in enhancing human well being: Physiological effects; The role of pets in therapeutic programmes; Avoiding problems: the importance of socialisation; The human-cat relationship; The human-dog relationship; Relationship with other pets; The end of a relationship: coping with pet loss;