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  1. Aversiveness of husbandry procedures for pre-weaned foals: A comparison using behavioural and physiological indices

    Husbandry procedures are necessary for different purposes in horse breeding. The aim of the present study was to assess the aversiveness and effects on the horse-human relationship of a range of common husbandry procedures, in pre-weaned non-habituated Konik polski foals. Our measures included...

  2. Dogs’ coping styles and dog-handler relationships influence avalanche search team performance

    Avalanche search dogs are valuable resources in the event of environmental disasters. The aim of this study was to determine whether dog search strategies and dynamics of interaction with his handler influence team performance during a simulated avalanche search trial. This consisted in...

  3. Is there a relationship between attitudes of shelter staff to cats and the cats’ approach behaviour?

    One aspect of welfare that is measured in protocols used for the assessment of farm animal welfare is the human-animal relationship. The aim of the present study was to develop a ‘human approach test’ to measure the human-animal relationship in shelter cats and to investigate aspects of...

  4. Positive perception of human stroking by lambs: Qualitative behaviour assessment confirms previous interpretation of quantitative data

    Qualitative behaviour assessment (QBA) was used to validate previous published interpretation whether human stroking has beneficial effects on lambs prematurely separated from their mothers. For a period of 8 weeks a familiar human (FH) subjected 22 Romane lambs to a gentling treatment based on...

  5. Inconsistency in dairy calves’ responses to tests of fearfulness

    Fear is an important welfare problem for farm animals, including cattle. A variety of methods of assessing fear have been proposed, but the reliability and validity of these methods, and ways of improving these characteristics, have received little study. We conducted a series of experiments to...

  6. Identification and development of measures suitable as potential breeding traits regarding dairy cows’ reactivity towards humans

    Behavioural indicators of the human-animal relationship (HAR) are predominantly used in animal welfare science. However, the reactivity of dairy cows – as part of the HAR – is also of interest in the context of dairy breeding, due to its estimated moderate heritability. The avoidance distance...

  7. Gentle interactions decrease the fear of humans in dairy heifers independently of early experience of stroking

    The relationship of farmed animals with humans has important implications for animal welfare and productivity. To investigate the short- and long-term effect of gentle interactions (stroking, talking in a gentle voice) during different life stages on the fear of humans, we tested heifers that had...

  8. Influences on the avoidance and approach behaviour of dairy goats towards an unfamiliar human—An on-farm study

    The human-animal relationship (HAR) is an important factor for successful animal husbandry and animal welfare. Thus, the HAR is included in on-farm assessments to evaluate overall welfare. For dairy goats, validated tests to assess the HAR are lacking. The aim of the present study was to evaluate...

  9. Relationships between personality of human–dog dyads and performances in working tasks

    Improving operational performances of working dog–human dyads is receiving more and more attention. Despite this interest, the associations between human personality, dog personality, dog-human personality matching and dyad performances have rarely been addressed. This study explores the links...

  10. Factors of potential influence on different behavioural tests in fattening pigs

    The present study aimed at isolating factors of potential influence on the Novel-Object Test (NOT), the Forced Human-Approach Test (FHAT), the Voluntary Human-Approach Test (VHAT) and the Human-Animal Relationship Test (HART) to draw conclusions about factors that should be considered when using...

  11. Investigating the effect of pen shape and pen size on group flight distance of extensively managed ewes

    This study investigated the effect of pen shape and pen size on the group flight distance of extensively managed ewes, and how flight distances of individual ewes compared when recorded in group and isolated settings. Within eight groups of 25 sheep, six focal animals were randomly selected...

  12. Assessing Pet Rabbit Welfare Based on General Discussion on Human-Animal Relationship

    Theses

    Pets are popular worldwide, and more than half of human population keep pets. Cats and dogs have the highest percentage of being kept in households, and the population of rabbits is about one-tenth of cats or dogs. Humans’ love for pets can be dated back to Holocene when humans started to...

  13. Using Feminist Theories to Explore Human-animal Relationships: Pigeons in the City

    Theses

    The unequal human-animal relationships regard human beings as superior to other species. They exit in various kinds of human-animal interactions (i.e. our consumption of animal products, and our use of animals as tools or entertainment). This human-dominant relationship is the result of the...

  14. Guide dog ownership and psychological well-being

    Theses

    This study explored the dynamics of guide dog ownership from a psychological point of view. The research was explorative in nature and employed two historically distinct methodologies of enquiry (both quantitative and qualitative). This explorative study relied on a very comprehensive...

  15. Lessons from Listening to Horses | Lucinda Vette | TEDxOshkosh

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    The story of Cimarron, a former drug-running horse turned "teacher," illustrates the evolving role of the horse/human bond; and provides an inspiring framework for living and leading effectively, and from the heart, in an interconnected world. Lucinda Vette, an Oshkosh native,...

  16. Effects of Affiliative Human–Animal Interaction on Dog Salivary and Plasma Oxytocin and Vasopressin

    Journal Articles

    Oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) are neuropeptides with diverse effects on social behavior, cognition and stress responses. Recent studies suggest that OT facilitates and responds to affiliative forms of human–animal interaction (HAI). However, previous studies measuring OT and AVP in...

  17. Foster parenting, human imprinting and conventional handling affects survival and early weight of ostrich chicks

    Journal Articles

    The effects of human imprinting and foster parenting by adult ostriches on the survival and growth performance of ostrich chicks were compared to conventional chick-rearing practices in two separate experiments. In the first experiment, the growth rate and survival of chicks imprinted onto...

  18. Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association

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    Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association is a registered volunteer-based charity that provides medically-approved therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy treatments for children and adults of varying abilities. Since 1983, the goal of VTEA has been to enhance the quality of life for our...

  19. Cats, Dogs, and Cyborgs: Transcending the Human-Animal Divide in Contemporary Japanese Literature

    Theses

    Cats, Dogs, and Cyborgs: Transcending the Human-Animal Divide in Contemporary Japanese Literature blurs the binary between humans and non-humans, as represented in the torrent of relevant literature that has saturated Japan’s popular markets since the archipelago underwent a so-called...

  20. African snakes: myths debunked | Marcel van Driel | TEDxLusaka

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    There are many myths about African snakes. In this talk, Marcel addresses the three most important ones by using logic and common sense. This talk was recorded at TEDxLusaka 2019: The power of togetherness held on 1st June 2019 at the NIPA Convention Centre. Marcel van Driel is a passionate...