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  1. Family Dog Project: history and future of the ethological approach to human-dog interaction

    Contributor(s):: Abdai, J., Miklosi, A.

    Dogs occupy a specific niche in the human social environment. Some authors argued that dogs' social competence show functional similarities in their components (e.g. attachment, rule following) to that of humans due to their long history living in anthropogenic environment if proper socialisation...

  2. Manifestation of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis in Australian Merino sheep: observations on altered behaviour and growth

    Contributor(s):: Cronin, G. M., Beganovic, D. F., Sutton, A. L., Palmer, D. J., Thomson, P. C., Tammen, I.

    Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCL) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder in children. Presently there is no effective treatment and the disorder is lethal. NCL occur in a variety of non-human species including sheep, which are recognised as valuable large animal models for NCL. This...

  3. Overview and critique of stages and periods in canine development

    Contributor(s):: Fox, M. W.

  4. Fresh wood reduces tail and ear biting and increases exploratory behaviour in finishing pigs

    Contributor(s):: Telkanranta, H., Bracke, M. B. M., Valros, A.

    Chewing and rooting are high behavioural priorities in pigs. Lack of suitable materials can lead to abnormal behaviours such as tail and ear biting. In commercial farming, slatted floors limit the use of straw, and various point-source objects have therefore been developed. The crucial challenge...

  5. A review of the effects of prostaglandins on sexual behavior in boars

    Contributor(s):: Estienne, M. J.

    Artificial insemination (AI) is the primary method of breeding sows in many countries worldwide. In general, semen for AI is collected using the gloved hand technique from boars trained to mount an artificial sow, although automated collection systems have been developed and are in use on some...

  6. Behaviour epigenetics - the connection between environment, stress and welfare

    Contributor(s):: Jensen, P.

    Epigenetics refers to chemical modifications of DNA, which do not change the base-pair sequence. This involves, for example, methylation of cytosine and different alterations in histone chemistry. Such modifications affect how genes are expressed and can occur as a response to stress, mediated by...

  7. The role of genes, epigenetics and ontogeny in behavioural development

    Contributor(s):: Rodenburg, T. B.

    This review focuses on the role of genes, epigenetics and ontogeny in behavioural development of animals. The behavioural characteristics of an individual are determined by its genes and by its physical and social environment. Not only the individual's early life and current environment are of...

  8. Genetic differences for behaviour in juveniles from two strains of brown trout suggest an effect of domestication history

    Contributor(s):: Benhaim, D., Guyomard, R., Chatain, B., Quillet, E., Begout, M. L.

  9. The truth about cats and dogs: Are there genetic influences on pet ownership

    Contributor(s):: Spotts, Erica L., Lichtenstein, Paul, Neiderhiser, Jenae M.

  10. Environmental enrichment exerts anxiolytic effects in the Indian field mouse (Mus booduga)

    Contributor(s):: Varman, D. R., Ganapathy, Marimuthu, Rajan, K. E.

  11. Estimation of genetic parameters for behavior based on results of German Shepherd Dogs in Switzerland

    Contributor(s):: Meyer, F., Schawalder, P., Gaillard, C., Dolf, G.

  12. Genetic and non-genetic factors associated with milking order in lactating dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Berry, D. P., McCarthy, J.

  13. Human perceptions of coat color as an indicator of domestic cat personality

    Contributor(s):: Delgado, M. M., Munera, J. D., Reevy, G. M.

  14. Film commentary: Constitutional and Environmental Interactions in Rearing Four Breeds of Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Scott, John Paul

  15. Behavior Genetics of Canine Aggression: Behavioral Phenotyping of Golden Retrievers by Means of an Aggression Test

    Contributor(s):: van den Berg, L., Schilder, M. B. H., Knol, B. W.

  16. Primate models in serotonin transporter research

    Contributor(s):: Herman, Khalisa N., Winslow, James T., Suomi, Stephen J.

  17. A behaviour test on German Shepherd dogs: heritability of seven different traits

    Contributor(s):: Ruefenacht, S., Gebhardt-Henrich, S., Miyake, T., Gaillard, C.

    In this study, genetic and non-genetic effects on behavioural traits were estimated, based on records of the field behaviour test of the Swiss German Shepherd Dog breeding club. This standardized test has been applied since 1949 and comprised the following seven traits: self-confidence, nerve...

  18. All a mother's fault? Transmission of stereotypy in striped mice Rhabdomys

    Contributor(s):: Jones, M., Lierop, M. van, Pillay, N.

    Environmentally induced stereotypy is the most common abnormal behaviour in captive animals. However, not all animals housed in identically impoverished environments develop stereotypy, possibly because of differences in genetic predisposition. To investigate the transmission of stereotypy in...

  19. Effect of male-to-male aggressiveness and feed-restriction during rearing on sexual behaviour and aggressiveness towards females by male domestic fowl

    Contributor(s):: Millman, S. T., Duncan, I. J. H.

    This experiment was one part of a larger study investigating problems of aggression towards females by male broiler breeder fowl. To investigate causal mechanisms, we were interested in determining (1) if feed-restriction during rearing affects behaviour towards females at sexual maturity and (2)...

  20. Genetic analysis of reactivity to humans in Goettingen minipigs

    Contributor(s):: Kohn, F., Sharifi, A. R., Simianer, H.

    Goettingen minipigs are laboratory animals with an increasing demand over the last few years. At the moment, Goettingen minipigs are not selected for a low reactivity to humans and this trait is not included in the breeding programme. However, it is obvious that there is a need for genetically...