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  1. Aggressive behavior of dogs kept as companion animals: classification and influence of sex, reproductive status and breed

    Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Data were obtained from a total of 245 cases of aggressive-behavior problems in dogs kept as companion animals. Aggression involved barking, growling and biting behavior. For each case, a home visit of one to several hours yielded a description of the sequences of aggressive behavior and the...

  2. Animal-companion depictions in women's magazine advertising

    Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Via a content analysis of 1398 advertisements that include both people and pets and that appeared in women's magazines over a period of four decades, this study examines the changing roles played by companion animals and the changes in themes used in these advertisements. Considering both the...

  3. Can we live without a dog? Consumption life cycles in dog-owner relationships

    Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This article uses an observational study of dog ownership to explicate understanding of consumer behavior in the marketing of pet and pet-related products. A close examination of the relationship between dog and dog owner reveals more than metaphorical parallels in consumer behavior. Dog...

  4. Cat culture, human culture: an ethnographic study of a cat shelter

    Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This study explores the value of traditional ethnographic methods in sociology for the study of human-animal and animal-animal interactions and culture. Itargues that some measure of human-animal intersubjectivity is possible and that the method of participant observation is best suited to...

  5. Comparison of nicarbazin absorption in chickens, mallards, and Canada geese

    Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Nicarbazin (NCZ), a coccidiostat commonly used in the poultry industry, causes reduced hatchability and egg quality in layer hens at a concentration of 125 ppm (8.4 mg/kg) in the feed. Although this effect is undesirable in the poultry industry, NCZ could provide a useful wildlife contraception...

  6. Ethnic variations in pet attachment among students at an American school of veterinary medicine

    Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This study explores ethnic variations in animal companion ("pet") attachment among 133 students enrolled in a school of veterinary medicine. The 57 White and 76 African American participants completed surveys that included background information, several questions about their animal companions,...

  7. Origins of fear of dogs in adults and children: The role of conditioning processes and prior familiarity with dogs

    Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    One hundred adults and 30 children completed questionnaires to investigate fear of dogs. Dog fearful adults asked to recall the origins of their fear reported classical conditioning experiences more frequently than vicarious acquisition or informational transmission. Overall, however, there was...

  8. Owner-companion dog interactions: relationships between demographic variables, potentially problematic behaviours, training engagement and shared activities

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Many companion dogs occupy a privileged position in our society, living closely with human caretakers who go to great lengths to provide for their needs and desires. Others fare less well, being abandoned or killed, many because they are believed to exhibit behaviour problems. The aim in this...

  9. Understanding dog-human companionship

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This article reports a survey of 749 dog owners. The survey focuses on owners' interactions with their dogs. This research identifies seven underlying dimensions that comprise the construct of dog companionship. The dimensions include symbiotic relationship, dog-oriented self concept,...

  10. " A importância do vínculo para os donos de cães e gatos nas famílias portuguesas ".

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Da interacção homem-animal resulta uma relação mútua originando benefícios na saúde física e mental de ambos. Este facto é cada vez mais reconhecido pelos donos de animais sendo uma das principais causas do aumento da...

  11. "A vast unsupervised recycling plant" Animals and the Buddhist Cosmos

    Book Sections | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

  12. "Animals May Take Pity on Us": Using Traditional Tribal Beliefs to Address Animal Abuse and Family Violence Within Tribal Nations

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

  13. "Between Us, Animals". Emotional Ties Between Humans and Other Animals

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

  14. "Calm or Chaos" : assessing the human-animal bond and its relationship in our lives.

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    The aim of this study was to assess the human-animal bond and investigate the benefits animals have on our lives. The sample consisted of 135 pet owners, of which 45 were males and 90 were females. Quantitative analysis was used as the research method for this study. The findings indicated that...

  15. "Can Tigers Tame Your Stress?" | Kevin Rose | TEDxWilmington

    Videos | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Kevin’s talk focuses on his efforts to help combat veterans turn down the stress after returning from war. Recalling his own intense anxiety from childhood, he shares his grandmother’s teachings of nature and using the five senses to feel calm. Through this connection to the natural...

  16. "Crocodiles are the Souls of the Community" An Analysis of Human-Animal Relations in Northwestern Benin and its Ontological Implications

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    In this thesis I explore human-animal relations amongst the Bebelibe of the Commune of Cobly, in the northwest of the Republic of Benin, West Africa, with a focus on how they relate to their tikedimɔmɔnte (true totem(s), literally “interdict(s)-true”). I start with an historical...

  17. "Feelings and Fitness" Not "Feelings or Fitness"–The Raison d'être of Conservation Welfare, Which Aligns Conservation and Animal Welfare Objectives

    Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Increasingly, human activities, including those aimed at conserving species and ecosystems (conservation activities) influence not only the survival and fitness but also the welfare of wild animals. Animal welfare relates to how an animal is experiencing its life and encompasses both its...

  18. "Freedom from themselves" gendered mechanisms of control, power, and resistance in prison dog training programs

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    During the past twenty-five years, the number of prison programs in which inmates train dogs has increased rapidly. A lack of systematic studies to address the effects of these programs on staff and inmates has led to limited, anecdotal accounts of the impact of these programs on correctional...

  19. "Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog" Revisited: Searching for Genes Relating to Personality in Dogs.

    Book Sections | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

  20. "Hevonen ei ole minulle urheiluväline, se on arjen terapeutti" : Materiaalipaketti Pihlavan Tallille

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Toiminnallinen opinnäytetyö on toteutettu Pihlavan Tallille. Pihlavan Talli on Suomen Ratsastajainliiton hyväksymä ja valvoma ratsastustalli Kiihtelysvaarassa, Joensuussa. Ratsastustuntien ja – leirien lisäksi talli toteuttaa kuntouttavaa hevostoimintaa eli...