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Flash Farm's mission is foster love and share hope with vulnerable youth through the use of a unique animal assisted therapeutic program.Flash Farm is a purpose built therapeutic centre for vulnerable youth to come and experience life in a tranquil farm setting and undertake...
How We Train Dolphins?
Contributor(s):: Meg Sawada
Through the internship program at Dolphin Quest Oahu (DQO), not only I have learned how to train dolphins but also I have learned the importance caring for animals with respect. Respecting marine mammal and protecting their environment can lead to marine conservation. At Dolphin Quest, we...
Spawning executive functions in first graders: Exploring situated learning experiences with the classroom pet consistent with children's temperament
Contributor(s):: Kristan Nicole Pearce
Rapid growth in all domains of development occurs during the early childhood years. Even so, the pressures of high stakes testing and the push down of curriculum often elicit a focus on cognitive development while neglecting other developmental areas important in school and later life success...
Aug 10 2017
Animal Assisted Interventions: Creating a competent, compassionate, and cross-disciplinary future
Jun 24 2017
2017 UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference
Prison Animal Programs: A Brief Review of the Literature
Contributor(s):: Rhiana Kohl
Since the inception of canine training programs in correctional facilities during the 1980s, evidence of effectiveness has been unexplored, leaving the questions of correctional staff and researchers alike unanswered. Systematic research exploring the long term effects of such programming has...
"Freedom from themselves" gendered mechanisms of control, power, and resistance in prison dog training programs
Contributor(s):: Andrea Button
During the past twenty-five years, the number of prison programs in which inmates train dogs has increased rapidly. A lack of systematic studies to address the effects of these programs on staff and inmates has led to limited, anecdotal accounts of the impact of these programs on correctional...
Captive Elephants in Circuses
Contributor(s):: Varma Varma, S.R. Sujata, Suparna Ganguly, Shiela Rao
Circuses have a long history of using performing animals, both wild and domesticated. The animals are trained or conditioned to exhibit specific behaviours with no option to do otherwise. This report is based on the observation of 31 elephants belonging to a sample of seven circuses (out of 15...
Monty Roberts' Public Demonstrations: Preliminary Report on the Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability of Horses Undergoing Training during Live Audience Events
Contributor(s):: Loni Loftus, Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones-McVey, Jose L. Gonzales, Veronica L. Fowler
Effective training of horses relies on the trainer’s awareness of learning theory and equine ethology, and should be undertaken with skill and time. Some trainers, such as Monty Roberts, share their methods through the medium of public demonstrations. This paper describes the opportunistic...
Apr 08 2017
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference 2017
The Contribution of Equitation Science to Minimising Horse-Related Risks to Humans
Contributor(s):: Melissa Starling, Andrew McLean, Paul McGreevy
Equitation science is an evidence-based approach to horse training and riding that focuses on a thorough understanding of both equine ethology and learning theory. This combination leads to more effective horse training, but also plays a role in keeping horse riders and trainers safe around...
Apr 02 2017
International Working Dog Conference 2017
Assessment of Working Dog Suitability from Quantimetric Data
Contributor(s):: Joelle Alcaidinho, Giancarlo Valentin, Nate Yoder, Stephanie Tai, Paul Mundell, Melody Jackson
We propose new approaches to assessing the suitability of potential working dogs for a given occupation. The main focus is placed on continuously-recording technology that does not rely on constant human observation. An example is provided in the form of a pilot study...
Service Dog Academy
The Service Dog Academy, located in Waterloo, Illinois a bedroom community just outside of St. Louis Missouri , trains your puppy and adult dog using a combination of online SKYPE sessions and videos in combination with our 4 Day Intensive Diabetic Alert Dog Workshop. This unique combination of...
Arctic Paws for Service
Arctic Paws For Service is an organization of dedicated Alaskans, whose primary activity is to provide trained service dogs to Alaskans with disabilities to promote independent living. Our service dogs are currently trained specifically for Mobility Assist, Seizure Alert, and Autism...
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...
Feb 10 2017
Woof!: The European Behaviour & Training Conference
Wearable alert system for mobility-assistance service dogs
| Contributor(s):: Giancarlo Valentin, Larry Freil, Joelle Alcaidinho, Jay Zuerndorfer, Celeste Mason, Melody M Jackson
We present a study of a wearable alert system for mobility-assistance dogs. Our focus in this study is on assessing sensor and dog activation reliability for the purpose of understanding both system and dog training challenges. We improve on the results from previous work in each of four...
Teaching rabbit care, empathy, and responsibility
| Contributor(s):: Meryl B. Dickman
Acclimating and housetraining a new rabbit should be approached in an organized and efficient manner. Due to the lack of instructional guides for rabbit housetraining currently available, new rabbit owners do not have adequate housetraining resources. Lack of proper housetraining instruction,...
Mutual rehabilitation: inmates and shelter dogs socializing each other: Jen Deane at TEDxFSCJ
| Contributor(s):: Jen Deane
Jen Deane took a leap of faith in leaving the financial world to run a dog rescue. But she didn’t stop there. Recognizing that pit bulls and prisoners are often the first to be written off, Deane created a program enabling local inmates to train dogs and prepare them for adoption. In her...