Public Policy, Inter-Professional Teamwork and Dog-Aggression

Public Policy, Inter-Professional Teamwork and Dog-Aggression - Active

Research on dog-aggression represents a logical progression from studying policy options to promote dog-walking while ensuring that dogs do not deter physical, mental and social well-being overall. This research began in 2016 with a Catalyst grant from the University of Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health and a Data Collection grant from the Clinical Research Fund, which is jointly funded by the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Health Services. This funding will be invested in an evaluation of breed-specific legislation as a policy option, based on a chart-review study at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Also in 2016, our team secured an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to examine public engagement, community partnerships and systematic investigation of dog-aggression complaints under 'the Calgary model,' as an alternative to BSL.

Key Personnel:
Sylvia Checkley
Sarah Curtis
Marcella St Louis
Jovan Lottis
Dawn Rault
Cindy Adams
Ann Phillips

Relevant publications:

Degeling, C., Rock, M., Rogers, W., & Riley, T. (2015). Habitus and responsible dog-ownership: reconsidering the health promotion implications of ‘dog-shaped’holes in people’s lives. Critical Public Health, 1-16.

Rock, M. J., & Degeling, C. (2015). Public health ethics and more-than-human solidarity. Social Science & Medicine129, 61-67.

Rock, M. J., Adams, C. L., Degeling, C., Massolo, A., & McCormack, G. R. (2014). Policies on pets for healthy cities: a conceptual framework. Health Promotion International, dau017.

Rock, M., & Degeling, C. (2013). Public health ethics and a status for pets as person-things. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry10(4), 485-495.

Mema, S. C., Friesen, B., Desai, S., Rock, M., & McIntyre, L. (2013). Rabies in a Calgary puppy adopted from the Arctic. Can J Public Health104(7), e510.

Rock, M. (2013). Pet bylaws and posthumanist health promotion: a case study of urban policy. Critical Public Health23(2), 201-212.

Degeling, C., & Rock, M. (2012). ‘It was not just a walking experience’: reflections on the role of care in dog-walking. Health Promotion International, das024.

Toohey, A. M. & Rock, M. J. (2011) Unleashing their potential: a critical realist scoping review of the influence of dogs on physical activity for dog-owners and non-owners. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 8 (1), 46.