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  1. Animal Ethical Views and Perception of Animal Pain in Veterinary Students

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    Veterinary students face several ethical challenges during their curriculum. We used the Animal Ethics Dilemma to study animal ethical views of Finnish veterinary students, and also asked them to score the level of pain perception in 13 different species. Based on the 218 respondents, the...

  2. The Other End of the Leash: An Experimental Test to Analyze How Owners Interact with Their Pet Dogs

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    It has been suggested that the way in which owners interact with their dogs can largely vary and influence the dog-owner bond, but very few objective studies, so far, have addressed how the owner interacts with the dog. The goal of the present study was to record dog owners' interaction...

  3. More than Just Collateral Damage: Pet Shootings by Police

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    The Department of Justice estimates that American police officers shoot 10,000 pet dogs in the line of duty each year. It is impossible to ascertain a reliable number, however, because most law enforcement agencies do not maintain accurate records of animal killings. The tally may be...

  4. Who's a Good Handler? Important Skills and Personality Profiles of Wildlife Detection Dog Handlers

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    Wildlife detection dog teams are employed internationally for environmental surveys, and their success often depends on the dog handler. Minimal research is available on the skills that dog handlers believe are important, and no research has been published on the personality profiles of...

  5. Reducing the Consumer Attitude–Behaviour Gap in Animal Welfare: The Potential Role of 'Nudges'

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    Citizen concern for the welfare of farm animals is well documented. However, there is a notable gap between people saying they want improved farm animal welfare and how they actually behave as a consumer. This is known as the citizen–consumer attitude–behaviour gap. As improvements...

  6. 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...

  7. 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....

  8. 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...

  9. Owners Frequently Report that They Reward Behaviors of Dogs by Petting and Praising, Especially When Dogs Respond Correctly to Commands and Play with Their Toys

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    We characterized the reward patterns of dogs’ owners for the expression of desired behaviors of their pets through a questionnaire made available online on a social media page for 7 days (responses from over 66,676 owners). The questions were related to the type and frequency of rewards that pet...

  10. The effects of the Spanish COVID-19 lockdown on people, their pets and the human-animal bond

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  11. Relation between stockperson behavior toward cows in a holding area and milk yields

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  12. Relation between stockperson behavior toward cows in a holding area and milk yields

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  13. Factors that Influence Farmers' Views on Farm Animal Welfare: A Semi-Systematic Review and Thematic Analysis

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  14. Temperament in Domestic Cats: A Review of Proximate Mechanisms, Methods of Assessment, Its Effects on Human-Cat Relationships, and One Welfare

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  15. Naturalness and the Legitimacy of Thoroughbred Racing: A Photo-Elicitation Study with Industry and Animal Advocacy Informants

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  16. Veterinary Behavior: Assessment of Veterinarians' Training, Experience, and Comfort Level with Cases

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  17. The effects of a therapy dog vs mindfulness vs a student advisor on student anxiety and well-being

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  18. Uncoupling Meat From Animal Slaughter and Its Impacts on Human-Animal Relationships

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  19. Exploring the Effects of Pet Preference, Presence, and Personality on Depression Symptoms

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    Pets live in nearly two-thirds of US households and are thought to increase wellbeing. However, previous research is mixed regarding the extent to which pets actually provide benefits. One understudied factor that may help clarify these findings is pet preference, or the extent to which a person...

  20. Using Focus Groups to Explore Public Perceptions of Legal Rights for Animals

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    A robust debate regarding the ideal legal status of nonhuman animals has been taking place for some time among legal scholars, philosophers, animal scientists, social scientists, and humanists. Significantly less attention has been paid, however, to exploring how members of the public...