Funding for this research was provided by:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R21HD091895)
Samaritan Foundation John C. Erkkila, M.D. Endowment for Health and Human Performance
Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HAB18-027)
Received: 1 September 2020
Revised: 24 November 2020
Accepted: 28 November 2020
First Online: 12 January 2021
Compliance with ethical standards
: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
: The Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) of Oregon State University approved all methods and procedures for this study (IRB #7848; ACUP #4898). The procedures used in this study adhere to the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki.
: All child–dog dyads participated on a voluntary basis. Written informed consent was obtained from the parents/guardians of all child participants and owners of all dogs, and assent was obtained from all of the children explicitly indicating their understanding and desire to participate in the research.
: All authors consented to the publication of this work.
: The datasets generated during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.