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  1. Irish Equine Industry Stakeholder Perspectives of Objective Technology for Biomechanical Analyses in the Field

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

    Wearable sensing technologies are increasingly used in human and equine gait research to improve ecological validity of research findings. It is unclear how these tools have penetrated the equine industry or what perspectives industry stakeholders’ hold in relation to these relatively new...

  2. Covenant Creatures

    Organizations | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    As a religious and charitable organization based in Thurston County, Washington, Covenant Creatures will provide a broad base of services and assistance that include but are not limited to -  material and educational assistance for: Street pets and their owners, the working poor, the...

  3. Captive Wildlife at a Crossroads – Sanctuaries, Accreditation, and Humane-Washing

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

    We are living through a pivotal moment for captive wild animals in the United States, with increased attention to their wellbeing and major changes by businesses as a result. At the same time, a desire to get up close with wild animals persists and may even be on the rise. These two concurrent...

  4. Automatic Classification of Cat Vocalizations Emitted in Different Contexts

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

    Cats employ vocalizations for communicating information, thus their sounds can carry a wide range of meanings. Concerning vocalization, an aspect of increasing relevance directly connected with the welfare of such animals is its emotional interpretation and the recognition of the production...

  5. Dogs consciously experience emotions: The question is, which?.

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

    I discuss three themes related to Kujala’s target article. First, the wealth of emerging data on cognitive studies in dogs will surely show that dogs have a very rich repertoire of cognitive processes, for most of which we find homologues in humans. Second, understanding the internal...

  6. Dogs for GRETA

    Organizations | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Dogs for GRETA trains psychiatric service dogs for survivors of sexual assault diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our mission is to provide support and advocacy for these survivors. ​ Psychiatric service dogs are trained to support their handler by performing tasks directly...

  7. Tackett Service Dogs

    Organizations | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

  8. Fake Service Dogs: Leading by Example

    Posters | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    This qualitative research examines public awareness pertaining to the protocols surrounding service dogs and their handlers, known collectively as the service team. The use of service dogs has been on the increase as more people discover the benefits provided by service dogs. The increase in...

  9. Diary of A Service Dog (Dropout)

    Books | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    My name is Granger. I am a Labrador Retriever. I want to be a service dog. It is not always easy. This is my story. (Human's note: The most important take away is that the public, children and adults, need to learn how to not interact with service dogs. As Granger says, “I’m...

  10. Non-Invasive Assessment of Physiological Stress in Captive Asian Elephants

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

    Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) populations, both in the wild and in captivity, have been continually declining over the decades. The present study examined the physiological stress response of captive Asian elephants in relation to body condition score and different working conditions. A...

  11. Friday essay: the cultural meanings of wild horses

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    From 30,000-year-old cave paintings to The Man From Snowy River, wild horses have always been part of human culture. As Australia debates what to do with 'brumbies' in mountain environments, it's time to reconsider their place.

  12. Psychological and Physical Benefits of Interactions with Horses

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

    Although much research exists concerning how horses can benefit people with specific debilitating impairments, relatively few studies have pursued what benefit horses offer people in the way of stress relief and improved quality of life. Study participants interacted with horses by grooming...

  13. Change the Humans First: Principles for Improving the Management of Free-Roaming Cats

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

    In Australia, free-roaming cats can be found in urban and rural areas across the country. They are inherently difficult to manage but it is frequently human behaviour that demands the most attention and is in most need of change. To the frustration of policy makers and practitioners, scientific...

  14. Synanthropic Suburbia

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Animals are invading the city. Coyotes are sighted on downtown streets with greater frequency, raccoons notoriously forage through greenbins as their primary source of food, and all forms of animals inhabit the surfaces, edges and cavities of the built environment. Once wild animals are now...

  15. Eye Blink Rates and Eyelid Twitches as a Non-Invasive Measure of Stress in the Domestic Horse

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

    Physiological changes provide indices of stress responses, however, behavioural measures may be easier to determine. Spontaneous eye blink rate has potential as a non-invasive indicator of stress. Eyelid movements, along with heart rate (HR) and behaviour, from 33 horses were evaluated over...

  16. The Long Journey Home: Traveling with Beau

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    In Part 11 in a series of stories reflecting on a 2007 trip to Alaska with his dog, Beau, preparations were made for Doris to fly home while Dr. Smith and Beau retraced their route across North America. The remaining 10 days of the trip were relatively uneventful.

  17. Human–Black Bear Conflicts: A Review of Common Management Practices

    Books | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    The objective of this monograph is to provide wildlife professionals, who respond to human–bear conflicts, with an appraisal of the most common techniques used for mitigating conflicts as well as the benefits and challenges of each technique in a single document. Most human–black...

  18. Damage to Salamandra infraimmaculata Populations by Human Activity in Creating Water Pits Is a Death Trap in Semi-Arid Habitats

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

    The different breeding sites of Salamandra infraimmaculata on the southern border of its distribution were examined and mapped in order to estimate the damage caused by water holes that could represent death traps for salamanders in xeric habitats. Among the various types of breeding...

  19. From Ontario to Wisconsin: Traveling with Beau

    Soft Literature | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    In Part 3 in a series of stories reflecting on a 2007 trip to Alaska with his dog, Beau, the travelers cross northern Ontario into Michigan and Wisconsin and reach St. Croix Falls on the Minnesota border.

  20. Epidemiology of Equestrian Accidents: a Literature Review

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

    Purpose: This manuscript aimed to present a review of the literature pertaining to horse riding and other horse-related injuries. Method: A review of the literature was performed, searching for appropriate terms with regards to horse accidents, horse riding injuries and protective clothing for...