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The effects of husbandry training on stereotypic pacing in captive African wild dogs ( Lycaon pictus )

By A. Shyne, M. Block

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To examine the effects of operant conditioning on stereotypic pacing in 3 female African wild dogs located at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, this study made recordings of pacing behavior immediately following individual sessions of husbandry training and 2 no-training conditions. The study found significant differences in the percentage of observations spent in stereotypic pacing behaviors for all 3 dogs among the 3 different conditions. The authors discuss the data in terms of the contribution of motivated tasks to the effects and the role of food deprivation in the expression of stereotypic pacing. The study suggests that even short periods of training may improve the African wild dogs' welfare by reducing stereotypic pacing following the conditioning sessions.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 56-65
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700903372069
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Bridgewater State College, 321 Hart Hall, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325,
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  1. Animal diseases
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animals
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Canidae
  8. Canine
  9. Carnivores
  10. Conditioning
  11. Deprivation
  12. Developed countries
  13. Dogs
  14. Education
  15. Effect
  16. Food deprivation
  17. Husbandry
  18. Mammals
  19. Massachusetts
  20. New England
  21. North America
  22. OECD countries
  23. peer-reviewed
  24. Pets and companion animals
  25. training
  26. United States of America
  27. vertebrates
  28. Zoo and captive wild animals
  1. peer-reviewed