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  1. The Effect of Extensive Human Presence at an Early Age on Stress Responses and Reactivity of Juvenile Ostriches towards Humans

    Journal Articles

    The effect of extensive human presence and regular gentle handling performed at an early age (0–3 months old) on stress responses and reactivity of juvenile ostriches towards humans was investigated. A total of 416 ostrich chicks over two years were exposed to one of three treatments for...

  2. You Are Not My Handler! Impact of Changing Handlers on Dogs' Behaviours and Detection Performance

    Journal Articles

    Dog-handler relationships can directly impact team success. Changing a dog’s handler may therefore compromise detection performance. However, there are currently few studies which support this. This research explored the performance and behavioural impact of changing a dog’s...

  3. Effects of Rider Experience Level on Horse Kinematics and Behavior

    Theses

    Large riding lesson programs are an essential part of the horse industry. To meet demand and remain profitable, lesson barns sometimes require horses to work multiple times a day with different rider levels. There is little guidance as to the behavioral and physical effects of such protocols,...

  4. Letter to the Editor Re: Kipperman, B.S. and German, A.J. Animals 2018, 8, 143

    Journal Articles

    A recent opinion paper by Kipperman and German (2018) discussed the increasing prevalence of pet obesity, the risk factors contributing to this increase, and the role of veterinarians in helping manage pet obesity. They described the problem as a One Health problem as it has been previously...

  5. Life lessons from my horse | Stephanie Scheller | TEDxSanAntonio

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    Through working with horses Stephanie has realized that the world often gives us exactly what we ask for, and understanding that may be the missing link we've been seeking. Stephanie Scheller may be young but she is an accomplished speaker, trainer & coach and has worked with close to...

  6. Acres for Life

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  7. Influence of the Competition Context on Arousal in Agility Dogs

    Journal Articles

    To determine whether participation in dog agility has an impact on canine arousal and welfare, this study aimed firstly to identify the effect of the competition context on arousal changes experienced by dogs, as distinct from purely physical participation in agility, and secondly to assess the...

  8. Development and Validation of Broiler Welfare Assessment Methods for Research and On-farm Audits

    Journal Articles

    Required auditing of on-farm broiler welfare in the United States has increased; however, a lack of validated tools exists for assessment of enrichment. National Chicken Council (NCC) guidelines were used on a subset of 300 Ross 308 broilers out of 1200 to validate and adapt welfare measures....

  9. Natural Horse Boarding Vs Traditional Stable: A Comparison of Hormonal, Hematological and Immunological Parameters

    Journal Articles

    In the equestrian world, two different types of management can be distinguished: traditional management and natural boarding. The aim of this research was to compare hormonal, hematological and immunological parameters of 47 horses kept in these two different managements. Blood and horsehair of...

  10. Horse Matters: Re‐examining Sustainability through Human‐Domestic Animal Relationships

    Journal Articles

  11. An equine-assisted therapy intervention to improve pain, range of motion, and quality of life in adults and older adults with arthritis: A randomized controlled trial

    Journal Articles

  12. Cognitive characteristics of 8- to 10-week-old assistance dog puppies

    Journal Articles

  13. A Systematic Literature Review of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Oncology (Part II): Theoretical Mechanisms and Frameworks

    Journal Articles

  14. Changing Human Behavior to Improve Animal Welfare: A Longitudinal Investigation of Training Laboratory Animal Personnel about Heterospecific Play or "Rat Tickling"

    Journal Articles

  15. Excluded but not forgotten: Veterinary emergency care during emergencies and disasters

    Journal Articles

  16. The influence of human interaction on guinea pigs: Behavioral and thermographic changes during animal-assisted therapy

    Journal Articles

  17. Validation of accelerometers to automatically record postures and number of steps in growing lambs

    Journal Articles

    We validated the accuracy of two commercially available activity loggers for cattle in determining lying and standing durations, number of lying bouts and number of steps in growing lambs. Ten growing lambs divided into two weight classes were fitted with an IceTag on the right hind leg and an...

  18. A novel protocol to measure startle magnitude in sheep

    Journal Articles

    Temperament is a trait of interest as it impacts ease of handling, production and reactivity to stressful situations. Excessive behavioural reactivity, as an aspect of temperament, may lead to reduced welfare and stockperson safety. Current tests of behavioural reactivity involve isolating the...

  19. Impact of a cattle brush on feedlot steer behavior, productivity and stress physiology

    Journal Articles

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of environmental enrichment (EE), in the form of a cattle brush, on feedlot cattle behavior, productivity and stress physiology. Steers were blocked by weight and assigned to one of two treatments 1) Cattle brush secured to fence line...

  20. Effects of a temporary period on pasture on the welfare state of horses housed in individual boxes

    Journal Articles

    Domesticated horses mainly live in individual boxes, a housing system reported as compromising animal welfare. A common practice in riding schools involves offering a temporary period on pasture with conspecifics to alleviate the impact of long-term deprivation triggered by boxes. The aim of this...