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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

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    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

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

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    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...

  4. Bibliographic Essay: The History of Human-Animal Relations

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    Animals are everywhere. Whether as pets, pests, sources of food, fuel, or materials for manufacture, means of traction or source of motive power, or objects of veneration and fear and wonder, animals have been our counterparts throughout human history. In recent years, a historical literature...

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

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    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...

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

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    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....

  7. We Don’t Train in Vain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Human and Canine Caregiver Training

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    The present review assessed the current knowledge regarding caregiver- training effectiveness for human and human-canine dyads. Most canine-related sources (66%; n = 19) were case studies reporting a decrease of learner undesired behavior when using oral instruction (21%; n = 6). Most...

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

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

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

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

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  12. Association between Attitude and Empathy with the Quality of Human-Livestock Interactions

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

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  14. Validity aspects of behavioural measures to assess cows’ responsiveness towards humans

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    Different measures reflecting the cows’ behavioural responses towards humans are used for the assessment of the human–animal relationship (HAR). Besides the established avoidance distance (AD), different handling tests, such as the tolerance to tactile interaction (TTI), release behaviour after...

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

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    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...

  16. A novel protocol to measure startle magnitude in sheep

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    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...

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

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    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...

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

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    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...

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

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    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...

  20. "You can be blind because of loving them so much": the impact on owners in the United Kingdom of living with a dog with osteoarthritis

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