Lindsey Person


Presentation: 10:45-12:00, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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This study looked at people’s attitudes towards having service dogs in-training in a classroom setting. Specifically, this study looked at attitudes of students, handlers (primary caretakers of the service dog in-training), and professors at the University of Dayton towards having the 4 Paws for Ability Service Dogs in-training in the classroom. People in general are hypothesized to have positive attitudes towards in-training service dogs in the classroom, but any negative attitudes could be due to the dogs being distracting, causing allergic reactions, or for religious reasons. Students and handlers are hypothesized to have positive attitudes towards in-training service dogs. Instructors are hypothesized to have attitudes towards in-training service dogs that will be mostly positive, but perhaps a little less due to the possibility of dogs being distracting in class. The sample included 123 students, 3 handlers, and 12 instructors. Attitudes were measured using the Coleman Dog Attitude Scale and 12 additional questions about attitudes towards service dogs in training in the classroom. The results showed that overall attitudes towards having the service dogs in the classroom were positive from the perspective of the students, handlers, and instructors.

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Independent Research

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Greg C. Elvers

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Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Attitudes Towards Service Dogs In-Training