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Post-Adoption Problem Behaviours in Adolescent and Adult Dogs Rehomed through a New Zealand Animal Shelter
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| Contributor(s):: M. Carolyn Gates, Sarah Zito, Julia Thomas, Arnja Dale
Problem behaviours in dogs rehomed through animal shelters can jeopardise the long-term success of adoptions if not correctly managed. Data from 61 adolescent and adult dog adoptions that occurred through an animal shelter in Auckland, New Zealand, was analysed to identify the most common...
Literary Anthrozoology: Do Fiction and Literature Have a Place in Anthrozoology?
| Contributor(s):: Michelle Szydlowski
Literature has been stimulating minds for centuries, as has science. This essay explores the need for both in the emerging field of anthrozoology. Anthrozoology is unique in its interdisciplinary approach to the sciences. By integrating zoology, anthropology, psychology, biology and others,...
Unruly Raccoons and Troubled Educators: Nature/Culture Divides in a Childcare Centre
| Contributor(s):: Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Fikile Nxumalo
Current times of anthropogenically damaged landscapes call us to re-think human and nonhuman relations and consider multiple possibilities for alternative and more sustainable futures. As many environmental and Indigenous humanities scholars have noted, central to this re-thinking is unsettling...
Exploring bereaved older adult pet owner's relationship and grief experiences following the death of a companion animal
| Contributor(s):: Sabine B. J. Volkmann
Grieving the Loss of a Pet Needs the Health System Recognition
| Contributor(s):: Bidhu K. Mohanti
Globally there is increased presence of pets in the households. This non-human relationship, with its dimensions of physical and emotional bonds, can get severely jolted on the death of the companion animal. It sets a feeling, ‘our life is now left with a void and the house feels utterly...
The attachment of humans to pets and their reactions to pet death
| Contributor(s):: A. L. Podberscek, J.K. Blackshaw
Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Cat Care and Needs Scale (CCANS)
| Contributor(s):: Mikel M Delgado, Gretchen M. Reevy
The objective of this study was to develop a brief scale, primarily intended for research applications, that measures how well people report meeting the welfare needs of their pet cats. The practice of keeping cats as a companion animal has increased, and despite their popularity, many cats...
Decolonising the Waters: Interspecies Encounters Between Sharks and Humans
| Contributor(s):: Zan Hammerton, Akkadia Ford Dr.
Often portrayed as ‘man–eaters’, sharks are one of the most maligned apex species on earth. Media representation has fuelled public imagination, perpetuating fear and negative stereotypes of sharks and hysteria around human-shark interactions; whilst government initiatives...
Visualising human-animal-technology relations : fieldnotes, still photography and digital video on the robotic dairy farm
| Contributor(s):: Christopher Bear, Lewis Holloway, Katy WIlkinson
This paper explores the potential for developing less anthropocentric approaches to researching human-nonhuman relations through visual ethnography, critically examining the potential for conceptualising nonhuman animals as participants. Arguing that method in “more-than-human...
Affectionate Interactions of Cats with Children Having Autism Spectrum Disorder
| Contributor(s):: lynette arnason hart, abigail p thigpen, Neil H Willits, Leslie A. Lyons, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Benjamin L Hart
Mental and physical benefits of dogs have been reported for adults and children with special needs, but less is known about benefits of cats for children. A cat that can be held by a child could provide important therapeutic companionship for children with severe or less severe autism spectrum...
Unleashing the Beast: Animals, Energy, and the Economy of Labor in Ottoman Egypt
| Contributor(s):: Alan Mikhail
In the land-based agrarian world of early modern Ottoman Egypt, animal wealth, labor, and movement were the bases of social and economic life. Animals were the trucks, motors, cranes, heaters, and gas stations of this early modern society. Interspecies relations between humans and various...
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Fulfilling the Fundamentals of Life: A Grounded Theory of the Process of Human-Horse Relationship Development
| Contributor(s):: Darlene Joy Chalmers, Constance Barlow (adviser), Cindy Adams (adviser)
This thesis explores how relationships develop between humans and their equine companions, and how such relationships may be mutually beneficial. Specifically, the research question asks: What are the processes that occur in the interaction between humans and horses? The research employs a...
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy: An Exploration of the Adult Client's Experience of Individual Psychotherapy with the Assistance of a Dog
| Contributor(s):: Hannah Allen-Miller
How Wolves Turned into Dogs and How Dogs Are Valuable in Meeting Human Social Needs
| Contributor(s):: Kurt Kotrschal
A wealth of recent behavioral, neurobiological, and genetic results allows us to draw a new, comprehensive picture of the human-wolf-dog relationship. Dogs originated from wolves 35,000 years ago, mainly via selection for tameness. Wolves were probably spiritual partners and hunting buddies of...
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...
Humane education: the effects of animals in the classroom on children's empathy in Japanese elementary schools
| Contributor(s):: Mika Maruyama, Dalton Miller-Jones (adviser)
Although humane education, promoting children's kindness toward animals, has been evaluated as a factor influencing children's kindness toward humans later in their life, the effect of a classroom pet hasn't been well studied. The current study investigated the influence of...
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...
Coyotes on the Web: Understanding Human-Coyote Interaction and Online Education Using Citizen Science
| Contributor(s):: Zuriel Anne Rasmussen, Barbara Brower (adviser)
Coyote (Canis latrans) numbers are increasing in urban areas, leading to more frequent human-coyote interactions. Rarely, and particularly when coyotes have become habituated to humans, conflicts occur. Effective education about urban coyotes and how to prevent habituation reduces conflict....
| Contributor(s):: Meghan Ann Brown, Debra Marquart (adviser)
Imagine you’re at the zoo, standing in front of an enclosure that contains a magnificent lion. You gaze into his lantern-yellow eyes and he stares back at you. What do you see? If you’re like most people, your answer may be simply, a lion. You may be humbled in the presence of a...