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  1. Tail Docking of Canine Puppies: Reassessment of the Tail's Role in Communication, the Acute Pain Caused by Docking and Interpretation of Behavioural Responses

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    | Contributor(s):: David J Mellor

    Laws, regulations and professional standards increasingly aim to ban or restrict non-therapeutic tail docking in canine puppies. These constraints have usually been justified by reference to loss of tail participation in communication between dogs, the acute pain presumed to be caused during...

  2. Kids and Canines

    Our mission of serving disadvantaged youth at Kids and Canines is twofold:To give at-risk youth the support, tools and opportunities to empower themselves and improve their lives, and;Provide trained dogs to individuals looking for emotional support from a dog, and to those...

  3. Using a dog demography field study to inform the development of an agent-based computer simulation. Evaluating owned dog population control interventions in a small, semi-urban community in Mexico

    | Contributor(s):: Luz Maria Kisiel

    This thesis evaluates the potential effects of different dog population control interventions in a small, semi-urban community in Mexico. First, a cross-sectional study was conducted to characterize dog ecology and demography in Villa de Tezontepec, Hidalgo. Approximately 65% of the households...

  4. Without stress at the veterinarian: make the visit in the veterinary practice cat-friendlyOhne Stress sum Tierarzt: Den Besuch in der Tierarztpraxis katzenfreundlich gestalten

    | Contributor(s):: Melchers, V.

    This article describes how to reduce stress in cats presented at animal hospitals for routine and medical procedures.

  5. Judging a dog by its cover: morphology but not training influences visitor behavior toward kenneled dogs at animal shelters

    | Contributor(s):: Protopopova, A., Wynne, C. D. L.

    Currently, visitor behavior in companion animal shelters is not adequately explored. A sequence of experiments investigated how visitors interacted with kenneled dogs at an animal shelter and whether training dogs to not engage in undesirable behavior in their kennels would evoke more interest...

  6. Examining the relationship between puppy raisers and guide dogs in training

    | Contributor(s):: Jamie Lynne Fratkin

    Dogs play a unique role in the lives of humans. Many people form positive relationships with dogs but some do not. In working dogs, the relationship that dogs form with humans is particularly important due to the trust people need to put in their dogs. The aim of this dissertation was examine the...

  7. Comportamento do cão no acto de consulta médico-veterinária profilática

    | Contributor(s):: Inês Machado Guimarães

    O comportamento de medo é habitualmente demonstrado pelos cães durante a consulta médico-veterinária. Uma tentativa de defesa, por parte do cão, pode tornar uma consulta de rotina numa tarefa complicada, pelo que é fundamental prevenir a...

  8. Baby Animal Days: An Innovative Approach to Funding and Marketing Urban Extension Programs

    | Contributor(s):: Justen Smith, Jerry Goodspeed, JayDee Gunnell, Shawn Olsen

    Extension in urban areas can suffer from a lack of exposure in addition to a lack of funding for programs. Baby Animal Days is a 2-day event created to educate the public about agriculture while generating much-needed revenue and providing powerful marketing for Extension. Attendance at the event...

  9. Test-retest reliability and predictive validity of a juvenile guide dog behavior test

    | Contributor(s):: Naomi D. Harvey, Peter J. Craigon, Rebecca Sommerville, Caroline McMillan, Martin J. Green, Gary C.W. England, Lucy Asher

    The ability to measure stable and consistent behavioral traits in dogs would facilitate selection and assessment of working dogs, such as guide dogs. Ideally, these measures should predict suitability for the working role from a young age. This study assessed test-retest reliability of a juvenile...

  10. Hunting Bambi : evaluating the basis for selective harvesting of juveniles

    | Contributor(s):: Jos M. Milner, Christophe Bonefant, Atle Mysterud

    Human harvesting is often a major mortality factor and, hence, an important proximate factor driving the population dynamics of large mammals. Several selective harvesting regimes focus on removing animals with low reproductive value, such as “antlered” harvests in North America and...

  11. How much is that doggie in the window : the true cost of puppy mills

    | Contributor(s):: Megan Daiker

    Each year, over a million dogs are euthanized in shelters while millions of dogs are bred in puppy mills all over the country. Without sufficient regulation, both the dogs being bred and the puppies sold are victims of dozens of injuries and health concerns. The dogs in puppy mills are bred...

  12. Assessment of attachment behaviour to human caregivers in wolf pups (Canis lupus lupus)

    | Contributor(s):: Nathaniel J. Hall, Kathryn Lord, Anne-Marie K. Arnold, Clive D.L. Wynne, Monique Udell

    Previous research suggested that 16-week old dog pups, but not wolf pups, show attachment behaviour to a human caregiver. Attachment to a caregiver in dog pups has been demonstrated by differential responding to a caregiver compared to a stranger in the Ainsworth Strange Situation Test. We show...

  13. Puppy temperament assessments predict breed and American Kennel Club group but not adult temperament

    | Contributor(s):: Robinson, L. M., Thompson, R. S., Ha, J. C.

    Puppy assessments for companion dogs have shown mixed long-term reliability. Temperament is cited among the reasons for surrendering dogs to shelters. A puppy temperament test that reliably predicts adult behavior is one potential way to lower the number of dogs given to shelters. This study used...

  14. Cats abandonment versus adoptionAbandono de gatos versus adocao

    | Contributor(s):: Pinheiro, A. G., Alves, N. D., Andrade Neto, D., Lima, J. L. A. de, Rodrigues, A. M. B., Silva, F. B.

    This study was conducted to determine the pattern and factors affecting of cat abandonment and adoption in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil [date not given]. It was shown that most of the respondents' cats were abandoned prior to being adopted. Other cats were obtained as gifts, purchased or adopted...

  15. Population estimate and surgical sterilization program for cats and dogsEstimativa populacional e programa de esterilizacao cirurgica de caes e gatos

    | Contributor(s):: Catapan, D. C., Villanova Junior, J. A., Weber, S. H., Mangrich, R. M. V., Szczypkovski, A. D., Catapan, A., Pimpao, C. T.

    The objectives of this study were to estimate the population of dogs and cats evaluate whether sociocultural indicators influence the attitudes of responsible ownership and verify the impact of surgical sterilizations performed in Sao Jose dos Pinhais/PR. The estimation was carried out in six...

  16. Determinants of cat choice and outcomes for adult cats and kittens adopted from an Australian animal shelter

    | Contributor(s):: Zito, S., Paterson, M., Vankan, D., Morton, J., Bennett, P., Phillips, C.

    The percentage of adult cats euthanized in animal shelters is greater than that of kittens because adult cats are less likely to be adopted. This study aimed to provide evidence to inform the design of strategies to encourage adult cat adoptions. One such strategy is to discount adoption prices,...

  17. The experience of being a guide dog puppy raiser volunteer: a longitudinal qualitative collective case study

    | Contributor(s):: Chur-Hansen, A., Werner, L. K., McGuiness, C. E., Hazel, S.

    There are no published studies that consider the experiences of guide dog puppy raisers. As these people are volunteers, their continued willingness to participate in the training of dogs for assisting the vision impaired and blind is essential for the viability of guide dog schools around the...

  18. Social support does not require attachment: any conspecific tranquilizes isolated guinea-pig pups

    | Contributor(s):: Tokumaru, R. S., Ades, C., Monticelli, P. F.

    Guinea pig pups produce typical distress whistles when isolated. Whistles' frequency is decreased or abolished when they contact with the mother and, to a lesser degree, a sibling or even an unfamiliar female, is regained. Those non-aggressive companions were considered social support providers...

  19. Pet relinquishment: preventing the biggest problems resulting in pets losing their homes

    | Contributor(s):: Feyrecilde, M.

  20. HSUS Uncovers Cruel Puppy Mills

    | Contributor(s):: The Humane Society Of The United States

    It is estimated that puppy mills grind out more than half a million puppies every year to be sold almost exclusively in pet stores. But it is not only puppies--who, after all, escape the squalor and crowding after six or seven weeks that suffer. Of equal concern is the fate of the puppy mill...