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Relationship between sociability toward humans and physiological stress in dogs
Contributor(s):: Yoon-Joo Shin, Nam-Shik Shin
Sociability is an essential trait for dogs to successfully interact with humans. In this study, the relationship between sociability and physiological stress was examined. Additionally, whether differences exist between companion dogs (C group) and shelter dogs (S group) was examined. Overall,...
Do Lambs Perceive Regular Human Stroking as Pleasant? Behavior and Heart Rate Variability Analyses
Contributor(s):: Katie Osborn, Marjorie Coulon, Raymond Nowak, Julie Peyrat, Herve Chandeze, Alain Boissy, Xavier Boivin
Stroking by humans is beneficial to the human-animal relationship and improves welfare in many species that express intraspecific allogrooming, but very few studies have looked at species like sheep that do not express such contact except around parturition. This study investigated the way lambs...
Keeper-Animal Interactions: Differences between the Behaviour of Zoo Animals Affect Stockmanship
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Contributor(s):: Samantha J Ward, Vicky Melfi
Stockmanship is a term used to describe the management of animals with a good stockperson someone who does this in a in a safe, effective, and low-stress manner for both the stock-keeper and animals involved. Although impacts of unfamiliar zoo visitors on animal behaviour have been extensively...
Defining and Clarifying the Terms Canine Possessive Aggression and Resource Guarding: A Study of Expert Opinion
| Contributor(s):: Jacquelyn A. Jacobs, Jason B. Coe, Tina M. Widowski, David L. Pearl, Lee Niel
The terms possessive aggression and resource guarding are often used interchangeably to describe behavior patterns used by a dog to control primary access to a perceived valuable item. The use of inconsistent terminology may impact the effectiveness of communication between...
Responsible Pet Ownership: Dog Parks and Demographic Change in Portland, Oregon
| Contributor(s):: Matthew Harris, Marisa Zapata
Dog parks are the fastest growing type of park in U.S. cities; however, their increasing popularity has been met with increasing criticism of pets in public space. Dogs have shown to be a deep source of neighborhood conflict, and the provision of dog parks, or off-leash areas, is a seemingly...
A companion dog increases prosocial behavior in work groups
| Contributor(s):: Colarelli, S. M.
Although organizations use a variety of interventions to improve group functioning, getting people to work effectively with each other remains challenging. Because the presence of a dog has been shown to have positive effects on mood and dyadic interaction, we expected that the presence of a...
Danger! Danger! Danger!, or When Animals Might Attack: The Adventure Activist Genre
| Contributor(s):: Mark. L Berrettini
An analysis of the current state of the adventure activist genre in film, centering on The Crocodile Hunter and Project Grizzly.
So You Have A Dog?
| Contributor(s):: Donald Irwin Craig
So You Have a Dog? © Donald I. Craig, Jr., 2014 “We have had civilizations without horses and even civilizations without the wheel, but never civilizations without dogs. No dogs, no humanity.” – Piero Scanziani, Italian...
| Contributor(s):: Donald Irwin Craig, Donald I. Craig
Responsibilities of dog ownership and benefits of a family dog.
Distance of Nursery Pig Snout and Tails from a Human Observer during an Approachability Test
| Contributor(s):: Shawna Weimar, Anna K Johnson, Kenneth J Stalder, Locke A Karriker, Thomas Fangman
The objective of this experiment was to determine the distance of nursery pigs snout and tails from a human observer when classified as touched, orientated to the human or s not-orientated during a human-animal interaction test using a digital image collection methodology. A complete randomized...
Gilt and Barrow Approachability Behavior to a Human Observer
| Contributor(s):: Shawna Weimar, Anna K. Johnson, Kenneth J. Stalder, Locke. A Karriker, Thomas Fangman
The objective of this experiment was to determine if nursery pig sex affected how many pigs touched and orientated to the human or were classified as not-orientated during a human-animal interaction test using a live human observation and a digital image collection methodology. A complete...
Tri-State K-9 Response Team
Tri-State Canine Response Team is a non-profit organization, serving NJ, PA, and DE, which is dedicated to providing certified and trained handler/dog teams for Animal Assisted Activities, Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Crisis Response Teams to children, families, neighborhoods, and...
The Big Red Barn
We are The Walton Family and we have lived on our Tottenham farm since 2009. Our farm is nestled on 10 acres of land, at the top of a hill with long views of nature. Growing up in the big city, my husband and I knew from the time we met in 2002 that we craved the farm life. On our long...
Influence of Maternal Care on Behavioural Development of Domestic Dogs (Canis Familiaris) Living in a Home Environment
| Contributor(s):: Giovanna Guardini, Jon Bowen, Chiara Mariti, Jaume Fatjo, Claudio Sighieri, Angelo Gazzano
Maternal care has been shown to affect the development of the brain, behaviour, social skills and emotional systems of the young of many mammalian species including dogs. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of maternal care on the behavioural responses of family dog puppies...
The Use of a Virtual Online Debating Platform to Facilitate Student Discussion of Potentially Polarising Topics
| Contributor(s):: Paul D. McGreevy, Vicky Tzioumis, Chris Degeling, Jane Johnson, Robert Brown, Mike Sands, Melissa J. Starling, Clive J.C. Phillips
The merits of students exchanging views through the so-called human continuum exercise (HCE) are well established. The current article describes the creation of the virtual human continuum (VHC), an online platform that facilitates the same teaching exercise. It also reports feedback on the VHC...
A "Pawsitive" Influence of Animals in Long-Term Care Facilities: Animal-Assisted Therapy at St. Peter Regional Treatment Center
| Contributor(s):: Hannah L. Winkler
The St. Peter Regional Treatment Center (SPRTC) provides secure, residential, multi-disciplinary treatment services, including psychosocial rehabilitation and skill enhancement, to individuals civilly committed as Mental Ill and Dangerous by the State of Minnesota. Since the treatment process is...
The Effects of Tactile and Indirect Contact with Dogs in a College Population
| Contributor(s):: Kalina Welch
To assess how physiological stress response is affected by human-canine interactions, one hundred-thirty (n=130) Carroll College students in Helena, Montana participated in trials designed to measure blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate, and galvanic skin response (GSR) in low- and...
Effect of Dog Ownership on Mental Health Disorders and Quality of Life in Veterans
| Contributor(s):: Kristoffer Rehder
Approximately 1 in 5 returning service members from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Tanielian & Jaycox, 2008), and 22 percent of veterans suffering from PTSD also report symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Mental health disorders such as...
Using Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) to Examine the Effects of Equine Assisted Activities on the Personal and Professional Development of Student Therapists
| Contributor(s):: Dianna Isabel Giraldez
The Introduction to Equine Assisted Family Therapy course offered at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) provides Master’s and Doctoral level student therapists the opportunity to learn how to conduct an equine session and how to utilize horses as part of the therapeutic process. Students...
Outcomes in language and social skills as seen in children with autism and developmental disabilities participating in equine assisted activities
| Contributor(s):: Megan Koenigseder
Individuals with developmental disabilities commonly present characteristics that include deficits in social and communicative abilities. A number of intervention strategies have been implemented, but none have proven to be most effective. A somewhat novel approach known as equine assisted...