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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Brig inmates train dogs

  6. Perceived effects of dog-training programmes in correctional settings

    Contributor(s):: Cooke, Barbara J., Farrington, David P.

  7. Registrations of Assistance Dogs in California for Identification Tags: 1999-2012

    Contributor(s):: Yamamoto, Mariko Y., Lopez, Mayllynne T., States of, America

  8. Animals Serving the Handicapped

    Contributor(s):: Joyce M. Hagebock, George W. Beran

    Mankind for centuries has been hiding or ignoring the less than perfect examples of its own species. Society has recently recognized this problem by undertaking goals to mainstream into daily life those people with special needs. This is evident by the appropriation of tax monies and public funds...

  9. Where to Put Your Choker

    Contributor(s):: Roger A. Mugford

    The choke chain has come to be regarded as an indispensable aid to training dogs, but even the most time-hallowed practices deserve an occasional critical review. The author has recently completed an investigation into the uses and abuses of choke chains, and failed to find any benefit from using...

  10. The Man Who Listens to Behavior: Folk Wisdom and Behavior Analysis from a Real Horse Whisperer

    Contributor(s):: James Dougan, Valeri Farmer-dougan

    The popular novel and movie The Horse Whisperer are based on the work of several real-life horse whisperers, the most famous of whom is Monty Roberts. Over the last 50 years, Roberts has developed a technique for training horses that is both more effective and less aversive than traditional...

  11. Using Giant African Pouched Rats (Cricetomys Gambianus) to Detect Landmines

    Contributor(s):: Alan Poling, Bart J. Weetjens, Christophe Cox, Negussie W. Beyene, Andrew Sully

    Many species have sensitive chemical-detection systems. For millennia, dogs’ exquisite sense of smell has assisted human beings in hunting and in thwarting intruders. Trained dogs have detected landmines and other explosives, illicit drugs, pipeline leaks, and melanomas (Furton & Myers,...

  12. Pit Bull Bans and the Human Factors Affecting Canine Behavior

    Contributor(s):: Jamey Medlin

    In September 1983, a horrific story dominated news headlines in Cincinnati: a local child had been mauled to death by his family dog, a pit bull.1 The attack enraged the community and drove the local government to ban pit bulls from the city. Several days after the boy's death, details about...

  13. 4-H'ers and Guide Dogs: Preparing for Adulthood

    Though hundreds of 4 -H'ers in other states have raised guide dog pups, Stacy Keesler and Kim Kallsen of Cottonwood are among the first 15 Arizona 4 -H'ers to try it. Youngsters in six Phoenix families recently said difficult goodbyes to dogs they had lived with since June 1980. Earlier...

  14. Beautiful Jim Key: The Lost History of a Horse and a Man Who Changed the World [book review]

    Contributor(s):: Beisel, Perky

  15. Response landscape graphs conceptualising the effects of arousal and affective state on training outcomes of operant conditioning in animal training.

    Contributor(s):: Melissa J. Starling, Nicholas Branson, Denis Cody, Paul D. McGreevy

    The files show a series of interactive three-dimensional conceptual graphs as exemplars to describing putative influences of both affective state and arousal on the likelihood of dogs and horses performing commonly desired behaviours. The files correspond to the figures in the manuscript that...

  16. Inaugural Marine Prison Dog Program Assists Wounded Veterans

    Contributor(s):: Hershman, Chad L.

  17. Domestication: The Dawn of Parenting and the Enduring Human/Animal Link

    Contributor(s):: Dervin, D. A. N.

  18. Operant Psychology Makes a Splash-In Marine Mammal Training (1955-1965)

    Contributor(s):: Gillaspy, James Arthur, Brinegar, Jennifer L., Bailey, Robert E.

  19. `Lion Griefs': the Wild Animal Act as Theatre

    Contributor(s):: Stokes, John

  20. Wild and Dangerous Performances: Animals, Emotions, Circus [Book Review]

    Contributor(s):: Bollen, Jonathan