Dog Training Program Study for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Children & Youth with Disabilities Lab

  
We are inviting children with developmental disabilities, their guardians, and their family dog to participate in our study by attending our Dog Training Program.

1st assessment

Participation begins with an initial assessment. During that assessment, guardians will fill out questionnaires and verbally answer questions about themselves, their dog, and their child. Children will also complete questionnaires and participate in simple behavioral assessments, along with their dog.

 

Groups

After these assessments, each child and dog pair will be randomly assigned to one of two groups, the “intervention group” and the “waitlist control group”.

Intervention group

The intervention group will receive 10 sessions of individualized training in the Do as I Do (DAID) dog training method. Each session lasts about one hour, and each child has their own personal trainer(s) who works one-on-one with only them and their dog.

Waitlist control group

The waitlist control group will not attend the dog training program but will be offered the opportunity to attend the following year.

 

Location

The intervention dog training program takes place during winter, spring, and summer quarters at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

 

Session times

School year

During the school year, the program is offered after school hours, two days per week, for five weeks.

Summer

In the summer, the program is every day for two weeks.

 

2nd assessment

After the dog training class program study ends, all participants, including those in the waitlist control group, are asked to return for a second assessment that is very similar to the first.

 

3rd assessment

All participants are also asked to return one year later for a third assessment. At that time, children in the control group will be invited to participate in the dog training program study. Those who attend will be asked to return for a fourth and final assessment immediately after finishing the program.

 

Gift cards

At each assessment, participants are given a $25 gift card.

 

Upcoming study dates

 

Corvallis, Winter 2023

  • Assessments: 1 session per family between January 10 and January 19
  • Dog training classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 3-6 p.m.
  • Assessments: 1 session per family between March 7 and March 16

 

Other locations

Summer dog training study programs are also available in Portland and Seattle.

 

Contact

For more information please contact:

Program Manager
Saethra Darling, PhD
darlings@oregonstate.edu
(541) 737-8117


Megan MacDonald, Ph.D.
Megan.MacDonald@oregonstate.edu
541-737-3273

Monique Udell, Ph.D.
Monique.Udell@oregonstate.edu

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