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  1. Bonding with Robotic Pets. Children's Cognitions, Emotions and Behaviors towards Pet-Robots. Applications in a Robot Assisted Quality of Life Intervention in a Pediatric Hospital

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    | Contributor(s):: Marta Díaz Boladeras

    This dissertation addresses the emergence of emotional involvement in the interaction with social robots. More specifically, we investigate the dynamics of children bonding with robotic pets to design robot based programs to improve patients’ experience in pediatric hospitals. Pet-robots...

  2. Understanding Spinner Dolphin Marine Tourism in Hawai'i: A Social Approach to Assessing Underwater Interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Carlie S. Wiener

    The popularity of wild spinner dolphin interactions in the Hawaiian Islands has led to the expansion of businesses that incorporate in-water experiences with the dolphins. The growth of dolphin-related commerce has spread so quickly that regulations have not been able to keep up. Subsequently,...

  3. Investigating cruelty to animals in private and commercial settings

    | Contributor(s):: Catherine Mary Tiplady

    This thesis examines animal abuse occurring in the context of domestic violence, among animals encountered by veterinarians in practice and in media broadcasts of animal cruelty. Whilst the focus on the thesis is on animal abuse within a domestic violence context, I have also studied...

  4. A village dog is not a stray : human-dog interactions in coastal Mexico

    | Contributor(s):: Eliza Ruiz Izaguirre

    Dogs (Canis familiaris) are considered one of the most numerous carnivores worldwide. Although in the Global North dogs are popular companions, that live inside homes, about 80% of the dogs in the world are village dogs. Village dogs are typically free-roaming, scavenge refuse around human...

  5. Social Dynamics and Space Utility of Domestic Cats Felis Silverstris Catus) In Animal Shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Ng Yi Hui Eunice

    Animal shelters traditionally have a constant flux of new cat additions and cats leaving the shelter via adoptions. As a result, shelter cats are unable to form stable hierarchies or relationships, and are often subjected to stressful social situations on top of the confining housing conditions....

  6. Behavior of Scandinavian brown bears when encountered by dogs and humans

    | Contributor(s):: Stine Emilie Noding Hansen

    The Scandinavian brown bear population was persecuted in the last half of the 1800s and almost went extinct. They got protected in Sweden in 1927 and in Norway in 1973, and have since reached a level that can be hunted. The bears choose areas with as little human activity as possible, but...

  7. Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Coyote? A Survey of Messaging and Existing Attitudes in the National Capital Region

    | Contributor(s):: Megan Draheim

    Coyotes are relatively recent arrivals to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In an  effort to understand and obtain baseline data about existing attitudes, a survey was  conducted in 2006. Most respondents had neutral attitudes towards coyotes, which might  be in part due to...

  8. Understanding why guide dogs fail to meet their predicted qualification outcomes

    | Contributor(s):: Daisy Jones

    Guide dogs provide life changing mobility support and companionship for thousands of blind and partially sighted people. A proportion of dogs undertaking training to be guides will not enter work due to health or temperamental reasons. This work was designed to investigate the issues associated...

  9. The Effectiveness Of Enrichment Programs For Dogs In An Animal Shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Pamela Perry

    Dogs (N = 108) in an animal shelter received one of four enrichment programs: twice daily walking alone (walking) or in combination with a daily fooddispensing toy (toy), a daily session of standardized human contact (petting), or daily obedience training (obedience). We evaluated the effects of...

  10. The Effects of Group-Housing on the Behavior of Domestic Cats (Felis Sylvestris Catus) in an Animal Shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Caroline Monk

    This study investigates the effects of group housing on the stress and behavior of domestic cats in an animal shelter. Twenty-four cats one-year of age and older were observed in the Tompkins County SPCA for three consecutive days. All behavior was continuously recorded. Density of cats in the...

  11. The influence of human behaviors in the increased prevalence of overweight dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Nora J. Nealon, Julie M. Fagan

    An increasing number of dogs are falling into the overweight and obese categories, paralleling the rise in obesity over the past few decades in people. This suggests that dogs, which interact closely with people, have been influenced by our sedentary lifestyles, over-sized portions and diets high...

  12. Behaviour of brown bears (Ursus arctos) when repeatedly approached by humans on foot

    | Contributor(s):: Nina Emilie Stenset

    Knowledge about encounters between humans and wildlife is important for conservation, management and policymaking, as well as for reducing conflict and negative interactions. There is general concern that an increased number of encounters might reduce wildlife flight responses. I investigated the...

  13. Rating character and animal welfare in a municipal dog shelter

    | Contributor(s):: David Joseph Minor Campos

    In this paper we proceed to the adaptation and implementation of a test of canine behavior, in the municipality canine hostel of Cordoba, Spain. The test consists of 17 of the most frequent evidence in the scientific literature, adapted to the reality of canines municipal shelters. The...

  14. Social behavior of domestic dogs and cats as compared to wild canine and feline species : an honors thesis

    | Contributor(s):: Anthony W. Rusk

    With the help of animal behavioralists, parallels have been drawn between domestic dogs and cats and their wild cousins. In some respects, social behavior in domestic animals has remained similar to characteristics found in wild animals. General observations of social conduct have been examined....

  15. Do domestic dogs recognize emotional incongruence in human faces and voices?

    | Contributor(s):: Allison Hagley

    Dogs have had a close relationship with humans for more than 10,000 years, but the effects of artificial selection on canine cognition are only recently being studied. Studies have confirmed the beliefs of pet owners – dogs recognize human faces and voices – and that dogs are...

  16. Dusky dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) behavior and human interactions: implications for tourism and aquaculture

    | Contributor(s):: Nicholas Matthew Thomson Duprey

    Interactions between humans and dusky dolphins in the coastal waters of New Zealand are increasing. My research focused on tourism interactions, with Kaikoura as the study site; and, on habitat use in an active aquaculture area, with Admiralty Bay as the study site. In Kaikoura, companies engaged...

  17. Effects of a standardized obedience program on approachability and problem behaviors in dogs from rescue shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Denise Hays

    Improved adoptability is a common goal among rescue shelters. Dogs are more likely to be adopted if they are friendly, mannerly, and approachable. The possibility of improving rescue shelter dogs' behavior through an obedience program has not been examined. We developed an approachability...

  18. A survey of urban Canadian animal control practices : the effect of enforcement and resourcing on the reported dog bite rate

    | Contributor(s):: Nancy Margaret Clarke

    Dog bites are a serious cause of human injury. Data from the United States of America indicate that about 1.8% of people receive bites each year, and the rate is thought to be increasing disproportionately faster than the dog population. The Canadian dog bite issue is not well documented although...

  19. Factors affecting the welfare and adoption rate of cats in an animal shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Nadine Gourkow

    Rates of adoption for adult cats in animal shelters have always been very low, thus these animals are often subjected to euthanasia and/or long periods of confinement. Furthermore, housing of shelter cats has traditionally focused on disease prevention; this has led to the use of barren,...

  20. Management and rehabilitation of inter-dog aggression in animal shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Jane S. Orihel

    Identification and treatment of inter-dog aggression is important so that animal shelters can re-home animals safely and reduce long-term confinement and euthanasia rates. This thesis describes 1) a survey study which identified current management of aggressive dogs in shelters and explored the...