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  1. Aggressive behavior of dogs kept as companion animals: classification and influence of sex, reproductive status and breed

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Peter L. Borchelt

    Data were obtained from a total of 245 cases of aggressive-behavior problems in dogs kept as companion animals. Aggression involved barking, growling and biting behavior. For each case, a home visit of one to several hours yielded a description of the sequences of aggressive behavior and the...

  2. Animal-companion depictions in women's magazine advertising

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Patricia F. Kennedy, Mary G. McGarvey

    Via a content analysis of 1398 advertisements that include both people and pets and that appeared in women's magazines over a period of four decades, this study examines the changing roles played by companion animals and the changes in themes used in these advertisements. Considering both the...

  3. Animal-dependent veterinary staff: Too much of a good thing

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Myrna Milani

    Ideally, everyone working in a veterinary practice chooses to do so following an educational process and personal experiences that imbued them with a strong desire to work with animals and people, as well as a strong interest in medical science and technology. However, sometimes the...

  4. Can we live without a dog? Consumption life cycles in dog-owner relationships

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Tony Ellson

    This article uses an observational study of dog ownership to explicate understanding of consumer behavior in the marketing of pet and pet-related products. A close examination of the relationship between dog and dog owner reveals more than metaphorical parallels in consumer behavior. Dog...

  5. Cat culture, human culture: an ethnographic study of a cat shelter

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): J. M Alger, S. F Alger

    This study explores the value of traditional ethnographic methods in sociology for the study of human-animal and animal-animal interactions and culture. Itargues that some measure of human-animal intersubjectivity is possible and that the method of participant observation is best suited to...

  6. Companion animals and the elderly

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Roberta Erickson

    One important "significant other" that often goes unrecognized in professional circles is the companion animal with whom many elders share their daily lives. Yet, more than a century ago, Florence Nightingale wrote that pets were excellent companions for patients confined by long-term illness....

  7. Comparison of nicarbazin absorption in chickens, mallards, and Canada geese

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): C. A. Yoder, L. A. Miller, K. S. Bynum

    Nicarbazin (NCZ), a coccidiostat commonly used in the poultry industry, causes reduced hatchability and egg quality in layer hens at a concentration of 125 ppm (8.4 mg/kg) in the feed. Although this effect is undesirable in the poultry industry, NCZ could provide a useful wildlife contraception...

  8. Ethnic variations in pet attachment among students at an American school of veterinary medicine

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): S. E. Brown

    This study explores ethnic variations in animal companion ("pet") attachment among 133 students enrolled in a school of veterinary medicine. The 57 White and 76 African American participants completed surveys that included background information, several questions about their animal companions,...

  9. Factors associated with success in guide dog training

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lara S. Batt, Marjolyn S. Batt, John A. Baguley, Paul D. McGreevy

    Tests of motor laterality and behavioral reactivity, as well as salivary cortisol concentrations, were examined in this pilot study to identify dogs best suited to guide dog work. Over a 14-month period, lateralization tests were conducted and cortisol concentrations were determined on 3...

  10. Measuring attachment to companion animals: a dog is not a cat is not a bird

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): R.Lee Zasloff

    Although the literature on human-animal interactions has documented the physical, psychological, and social benefits resulting from positive relationships with dogs, cats, and other kinds of companion animals, many attachment instruments include items that pertain to specific kinds of...

  11. Origins of fear of dogs in adults and children: The role of conditioning processes and prior familiarity with dogs

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Sharon Doogan, Glyn V. Thomas

    One hundred adults and 30 children completed questionnaires to investigate fear of dogs. Dog fearful adults asked to recall the origins of their fear reported classical conditioning experiences more frequently than vicarious acquisition or informational transmission. Overall, however, there was...

  12. Owner-companion dog interactions: relationships between demographic variables, potentially problematic behaviours, training engagement and shared activities

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Pauleen Charmayne Bennett, Vanessa Ilse Rohlf

    Many companion dogs occupy a privileged position in our society, living closely with human caretakers who go to great lengths to provide for their needs and desires. Others fare less well, being abandoned or killed, many because they are believed to exhibit behaviour problems. The aim in this...

  13. Problematic client-animal relationships: The analyzers

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Myrna Milani

    “Analyzers” have always created problems for practitioners, but widespread access to the Internet has greatly increased the problem. No sooner has Dr. Ramirez shared test results and his diagnosis of their animal’s problem with the Hansons, than they bombard him with a million questions. An hour...

  14. Recessionary communication — A final note

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Myrna Milani

    One goal of this column since its inception several years ago has been to bridge the gap between the scientific and technological orientation of veterinary education and the behavior and bond orientation of many clients. Because the more complex the issue is, the more important it is that...

  15. Support for animal rights as a function of belief in evolution, religious fundamentalism, and religious denomination

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): J. L. DeLeeuw, L. W Galen, C. Aebersold, V. Stanton

    The present study examined the relationship among religious denomination, fundamentalism, belief about human origins, gender, and support for animal rights. Eighty-two college undergraduates filled out a set of 3 questionnaires: The Religious Fundamentalism Scale (Altemeyer & Hunsberger, 2004),...

  16. Tails of animal attraction: Incorporating the feline into the family

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Hilary Downey, Sarah Ellis

    Increased urbanization and female employment have led to the cat overtaking the dog as the companion animal of preference. However, this article looks beyond lifestyle changes as reasons for the popularity of the cat. The article explores the emotional consumer-socialization process involving...

  17. Understanding dog-human companionship

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Michael J. Dotson, Eva M. Hyatt

    This article reports a survey of 749 dog owners. The survey focuses on owners' interactions with their dogs. This research identifies seven underlying dimensions that comprise the construct of dog companionship. The dimensions include symbiotic relationship, dog-oriented self concept,...

  18. " I'm told I'm famous on the internet" - Henri the cat and the critical possibility of anthropomorphism

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Myers, C. R.

  19. " Kindness to All Around": The Changing Ethics of Animal Treatment in the Middle-Class Household, 1820-1870

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Grier, Katherine C.

  20. "A gentle work horse would come in right handy": animals in Ozark agroecology

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Campbell, B. C.

    Agricultural scientists now acknowledge the wisdom and practicality behind traditional (agro)ecological knowledge (TEK). Integration of TEK into contemporary organic agricultural systems is complicated, however, by the fact that agronomists, social scientists, and extension agents began...