Delta SocietyDelta Society is the leading international resource for the human-animal bond. Delta Society has been the force to validate the important role of animals for people's health and well-being by promoting the results of research to the media and health and human services organizations.
The Delta Foundation was established in 1977 in Portland, Oregon, under the leadership of Michael McCulloch, MD. Delta's first president was Leo K. Bustad, DVM, PhD, dean of a veterinary college and a pioneer in human-animal bond theory and application. Delta's founders wanted to understand the quality of the relationship between pet owners, pets, and care givers, both human and veterinary, (hence the "delta" name based on this triangle). At that time, pets were widely considered luxury or throwaway items, not of central importance to individual health and well-being. Delta's early years focused on funding the first credible research on why animals are important to the general population and specifically how they affect health and well being. Early Delta members were primarily from the veterinary and human health professions and from university faculties.
One of Delta's strengths continues to be the development of standards-based training materials. We identify subject matter experts and work with them to create, rigorously pilot and revise, and then implement training. Using this process, we are creating a comprehensive service dog trainer curriculum. In 2001, we published Professional Standards for Dog Trainers: Effective, Humane Principles, that will provide guidelines for all dog training developed by Delta Society.
For more information, or to contact Delta Society, see their website at: www.deltasociety.org
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