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  1. Sex differences in the herding styles of working sheepdogs and their handlers

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

    Working sheepdog trials test the attributes of dogs as well as the dogmanship and stockmanship skills of handlers. They generally include standard elements such as outrun, lift, fetch, drive, shed, pen and single to test all facets of the work that dogs perform on a farm. While both male and...

  2. Impact of Socio-Economic Status on Accessibility of Dog Training Classes

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

    Behaviour problems are amongst the most common reasons given for relinquishing dogs to rehoming centres. Some behaviour problems may be amenable to being tackled pre-emptively with classes educating owners on basic dog training and understanding behaviour; however, it is recognised that people...

  3. Attitudes of Clinical Psychologists Towards the Reporting of Nonhuman Animal Abuse

    Theses | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    Research consistently demonstrates that nonhuman animals are capable of cognition and complex emotions, but their legal status in the United States remains similar to that of property. As such, they are not protected under laws mandating psychologists to report suspicions of abuse of...

  4. Editorial: Veterinary Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation

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

  5. The Welfare of Pig-Hunting Dogs in Australia

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

    Hunting feral pigs using dogs is a popular recreational activity in Australia. Dogs are used to flush, chase, bail, and hold feral pigs, and their use for these activities is legal in some states and territories and illegal in others. However, there is little knowledge about the health and...

  6. Pharmaceutical Prescription in Canine Acute Diarrhoea: A Longitudinal Electronic Health Record Analysis of First Opinion Veterinary Practices

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

    Canine acute diarrhoea is frequently observed in first opinion practice, though little is known about commonly used diagnostic or therapeutic management plans, including use of antimicrobials. This retrospective observational study utilised electronic health records augmented with...

  7. Comparison of Outcome Data for Shelter Dogs and Cats in the Czech Republic

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

    Animal protection, which also comprises the subject of abandoned and stray animals, has become a pressing and widely discussed topic. The aim of this study was to compare dogs and cats from two shelters in a selected region of the Czech Republic, based on factors that affect the length of stay....

  8. Prison Dog-Training Programs

    Books | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    An annotated bibliography of relevant materials published between 1987 and 2019.

  9. An Analysis of Rabies Incidence and Its Geographic Spread in the Buffer Area Among Orally Vaccinated Wildlife in Ukraine From 2012 to 2016

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

    The statistics of rabies cases in Volyn, Lviv, and Zakarpattia oblasts of Ukraine from 2012 to 2016 were analyzed to establish spatial–temporal distribution of rabies endemic outbreaks and to identify causes of widespread infections among wild and domestic animals. The occurrence of...

  10. Duties to Socialise with Domesticated Animals: Farmed Animal Sanctuaries as Frontiers of Friendship

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

    I argue that humans have a duty to socialise with domesticated animals, especially members of farmed animal species: to make efforts to include them in our social lives in circumstances that make friendships possible. Put another way, domesticated animals have a claim to opportunities to...

  11. Achieving change through horses: Peter van Dommele at TEDxBilbao

    Videos | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

  12. Diagnostic Criteria for Obesity Disease in Cats

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

    Accumulated visceral and subcutaneous fat masses were measured with computed tomography (CT) in cats with various body condition scores (BCS) from 5/9 to 9/9. BCS does not always reflect visceral fat accumulation which induces pro-inflammatory reactions. Obese cats with accumulated visceral...

  13. The Psychological and Physical Benefits of Having a Pet

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

  14. Re-examining human-nonhuman relations among nomads of Eastern Tibet

    Reports | Contributor(s): Alan M. Beck

    In this paper, I explore how human-nonhuman relations among nomads of Eastern Tibet may be understood within the framework of a four-fold ontological system proposed by anthropologist, Philippe Descola. In what follows, I provide an account of Descola’s theoretical system, present...

  15. Do we understand what it means for dogs to experience emotion?

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

    Psychologists who study humans struggle to agree on a definition of emotion, falling primarily into two camps. Though recent neuroscience advances are beginning to settle this ancient debate, it cannot solve the private-language problem at the heart of inferences about social cognition. This...

  16. Increased Flight Initiation Distance (FID) in Golden Marmots (Marmota caudata aurea) Responding to Domestic Dogs in A Landscape of Human Disturbance

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

    Humans and dogs initiate measurable escape responses in wild animals including flight initiation distance (FID), with potentially negative consequences. Golden marmots are important prey for endangered carnivores and are subject to human persecution including via marmot baiting with dogs. We...

  17. Pets, touch, and COVID-19: health benefits from non-human touch through times of stress

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

    During times of social isolation, such as the global COVID-19 pandemic, the social distancing mantras that have been integral to COVID-19 responses position close human-to-human contact, including physical touch, as life threatening. Touch is commonly an overlooked sense, yet studies have shown...

  18. Using resident-based hazing programs to reduce human–coyote conflicts in urban environments

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

    The concept of hazing (aversive conditioning) is often promoted as a tool for reducing human–coyote (Canis latrans) conflicts in urban environments. Little scientific evidence exists on the effectiveness of hazing, particularly hazing applied by residents (i.e., community-level hazing)....

  19. Behavioral Research on Captive Animals: Scientific and Ethical Concerns

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

    The first half of this chapter focuses exclusively on animals that are used in laboratory behavioral research to model wild behavior, what is typically involved, problems associated with this practice, and how behavioral research has revealed scientific problems in the animal model. The second...

  20. Rethinking One Health, Part 2

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

    In this second part, Dr. Smith continues to describe the concept he recognized as fundamental to the human-animal bond during trip he took with his dog Beau to Alaska in 2007. It would later be defined by Dr. Kate Hodgson, a veterinarian at the University of Toronto, using a new term, zooeyia.