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  1. Understanding the Value of Dog Facilitated Psychotherapy, What Theory Emerges?

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    Contributor(s):: Annemarie Una Harmon O'Brien

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a field that is growing substantially with animals purported to be a panacea from everything from autism to prisoner reform. In many countries they are incorporated into psychotherapy process. The researcher wanted to explore if this is a valid form of practice, the...

  2. The impact of tickling rats on human-animal interactions and rat welfare

    Contributor(s):: Megan Renee LaFollette, Brianna N Gaskill (adviser)

    Rats initially fear humans which can lead to negative affect, poor welfare, and difficult handling. Also, modeling and measuring positive affect states in rats can pose an additional challenge. Heterospecific play, or “tickling,” is a handling habituation technique that mimics rat...

  3. Determining the Effect of Visitor Group Size and Other Variables on the Behavior of Orangutans at the Oregon Zoo as a Measure of Welfare

    Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Kaytlynn Fyock, Randy Zelick (adviser)

    The Oregon Zoo is home to many exotic animals, including Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. They live in a relatively new naturalistic exhibit and are subject to large volumes of visitor traffic throughout the day. This is a pilot study to determine the variables and details necessary to conduct a...

  4. Extending identity theory: parenting and identity formation in human-animal relationships

    Contributor(s):: Andrea Laurent-Simpson

    Both traditional and structural perspectives in symbolic interaction have conceptualized the formation of self as arising out of lingual interaction between human actors. This was based on Mead’s original premise that non-human actors were alingual, and thus incapable of intersubjectivity....

  5. Boat preference and stress behaviour of Hector's dolphin in response to tour boat interactions

    Contributor(s):: Georgia-Rose Travis

    Dolphins are increasingly coming into contact with humans, particularly where tourism is involved. It has been assumed that such contact causes chronic stress on dolphin populations. This study examined relatively naive populations of Hector's dolphins and their interaction with various...

  6. Experimental investigations of the impact of social influence on dog-human interactions

    Contributor(s):: Zsófia Sümegi

    There is an increasing scientific agreement that the origin of the domestic dog dates back several tens of thousands of years. In fact, the history of dog is a history of unique behaviour evolutionary process in which they have gradually become adapted to human environment and, as a result,...

  7. Prisoners in War: Zoos and Zoo Animals During Human Conflict 1870-1947

    Contributor(s):: Clelly Johnson

        Animals are sentient beings capable of many of the same feelings experienced by humans. They mourn a loss, they feel love and loyalty, and they experience fear. During wars and conflicts, fear is a prevailing emotion among humans, who worry for their wellbeing. Animals,...

  8. Cognition and the Development of Social Cognition in the Domestic Dog (Canis Lupus Familiaris)

    Contributor(s):: Camille Ward

    We examined cognition and the development of social cognition in domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) with three studies. Study one focused on numerical competence in dogs and studies two and three addressed the development of social relationships among littermates. In the first study, we...

  9. Carrots and sticks: a discourse on interspecies partnership and culture in dog sport

    Contributor(s):: Candice Reynolds

    Dogs are not only good to think but good to live and become with. In this study I explored the overarching concerns of interspecific relations among “schutzhund people”: an emerging multispecies sub-culture in South Africa pertaining to a German dog sport called schutzhund. Four...

  10. Domestic Dogs ' (Canis lupus familiaris) Evaluation of Moral and Immoral Actors

    Contributor(s):: Katherine E. Ford

    A sense of morality, or values predisposing what is right (fair, just, kind) and what is wrong (unfair, cruel, dishonest), appears universally across all humankind. All major cultures share support for some values, such as self-respect, respect for others, and 'the golden rule'treat...

  11. Valoración del carácter y el bienestar animal en un albergue canino municipal

    Contributor(s):: David José Menor Campos

    En este trabajo se procede a la adaptación e implementación de un test de comportamiento canino, en el albergue canino municipal de Córdoba, España. El test está formado por 17 de las pruebas más frecuentes en la literatura científica, adaptadas a...

  12. Practically Emotional: An Anthropological Investigation of the Relationship Between Humans and Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Mairin Din

    In this study, I explore the human-dog dynamic as it has appeared historically and in contemporary times. I show how dogs' services to humans have shifted from being predominantly practical to predominantly emotional; in modern societies, humans tend to value the emotional labor dogs perform...

  13. Embodied Cognition and Representation in Domesticated Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Kate Oslo

    Embodied cognition is a relatively recent approach in the philosophy of mind. Similarly, the volume of research into dog cognition has increased in the last decade and is set to keep on growing as we learn more about the animals with which we have associated for so long. This thesis argues that...

  14. The Semiotic Grounds of Animal Assistance: Sign Use of Guide Dogs and Their Visually Impaired Handlers

    Contributor(s):: Riin Magnus

    Materiaalne linnakeskkond ja selles kehtivad käitumisreeglid sisaldavad kindlaid ootusi märgisüsteemide suhtes, mille abil keskkonda kasutada. Juhtkoera ja nägemispuudega inimese märgisüsteemide kombinatsioon eeldab olemasolevate ootustega kohanemist, aga loob ka...

  15. The changing social meanings of pets and their alternative futures

    Contributor(s):: Ya-ling Chou

    寵物之所以吸引人,其中最大功能便是提供現代人們陪伴與娛樂。然而,隨著資本主義擴張與科技日星月異,寵物不僅只是提供人們陪伴與娛樂的消費商品,也形同人們身上的裝飾品。人類之於寵物總存在一種上與下的階層關係,並對寵物擁有一種所有物的的控制情節。既然寵物已成為人類生活的一部份,本研究目的擬在找尋寵物在人類社會的諸多社會意義,並希望為寵物創造多元未來,提供給寵物或非寵物飼主、以及決策者參考。關於研究方法,本研究運用未來學方法論中的因素層級分析法(Casual Layered...

  16. Expenditure tendencies of pet owner: influence of pet utilities

    Contributor(s):: Chung-Hui Tu

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  17. Comparison of the legislation regarding dangerous dogs between five federal states of Germany

    Contributor(s):: Katharina Hoppe

    Every single federal state of Germany regulates the issue of dangerous dogs individually. There are two legislations on federal level concerning dangerous dogs, the Act on restriction of keeping or importing dangerous dogs into the inland (Gesetz zur Beschränkung des Verbringens oder der...

  18. Behaviour and beyond: three ways to examine dog cognitive processing

    Contributor(s):: Tiffani J. Howell

    Dog cognition research relies heavily on behavioural approaches in order to determine the nature and extent of dog cognitive abilities. These behavioural data have greatly advanced current understanding of dog cognitive abilities. While there has been much research exploring how dogs respond in...