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  1. Early socialisation as a strategy to increase piglets’ social skills in intensive farming conditions

    Socialisation is a process in which animals interact with unfamiliar conspecifics, that allows them to develop their social abilities. Socialisation has been proposed as a method in pig husbandry to increase piglets’ social skills and reduce conspecific aggression, which is a major welfare issue...

  2. The impact of fetching at night on milking parlour visitation for pasture-based dairy cattle

    In most pasture-based automatic milking systems (AMS), three-way grazing (3WG) is utilised and cows that remain in a given paddock are fetched or encouraged to the milking facility (each paddock is cleared once per day). Fetching is ideally undertaken within 15 h of the opening of each pasture...

  3. The perception of dogs’ behavioural synchronization with their owners depends partially on expertise in behaviour

    Dogs’ behavioural synchronization with humans is a new field of research in canine cognitive science. It has important societal implications, as dogs’ propensity to mimic their owners’ movements and reactions can be used as a tool to manage pets in public areas and ensure that they react...

  4. Dairy goats prefer to use different flooring types to perform different behaviours

    Flooring is an important component of indoor housing systems for livestock as it can impact animal hygiene and welfare. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the lying and elimination preferences of goats, as well as their relative udder cleanliness, when presented with four different...

  5. Improving puppy behavior using a new standardized socialization program

    Studies identifying the underlying determinants of adult dog behavior and highlighting successful methods of early intervention are essential to reduce and ultimately prevent problem behaviors developing. The aim of this research was to create and assess the impact of a new nest socialization...

  6. Do aversive-based training methods actually compromise dog welfare?: A literature review

    The methods by which dogs are trained vary between methods involving mainly negative reinforcement and positive punishment (aversive-based methods) and methods based essentially in positive reinforcement and negative punishment (reward-based methods). However, the use of aversive-based methods is...

  7. Feather performance, walking ability, and behavioral changes of geese in response to different stocking densities

    In recent decades, goose production has become more specialized and widespread, and rearing geese in plastic wire-floor pens is common in China. This type of rearing pattern is more productive than other rearing patterns since it allows for more birds per square meter. However, it brings some...

  8. Behavioural changes induced by handling at different timeframes in Lusitano yearling horses

    Recent interest has focused on the advantage of intensely handling young horses, as a good tool for improving emotional reactivity and thence trainability. Its effectiveness remains controversial, suggesting it might depend on the right timeframe to do so. The present study aimed to evaluate the...

  9. Emotional affect and the occurrence of owner reported health problems in the domestic dog

    Interactions between health, behaviour and individual differences such as; mood, affect or personality have been studied more in humans than they have in non-human animals. In humans, links can be made between personality and the expression of health problems, and between personality, affect,...

  10. Hiding walls for fattening pigs: Do they affect behavior and performance?

    The prevalence of harmful and unwanted behavior in fattening pigs is influenced by different factors including housing. Housing may include the opportunity to hide from aggressive pen mates and this ability is related to pen design and shape. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of...

  11. Provision of a resource package reduces feather pecking and improves ranging distribution on free-range layer farms

    The effect of a resource package designed to reduce inter-bird pecking and increase range use was tested on fourteen free-range farms in the UK. The package comprised two types of objects intended to attract pecking behaviour: ‘pecking pans’ containing a particulate pecking block, and wind...

  12. Homing age influences the prevalence of aggressive and avoidance-related behaviour in adult dogs

    Homing puppies before 8 weeks has been associated with lower instance of avoidance and types of aggression in adult dogs. The current study aimed to further assess the impact of homing age on these behaviours in adult dogs. Finnish dogs provide an interesting population for this further study, as...

  13. Influence of enrichment material and herbal compounds in the behaviour and performance of growing pigs

    Pigs reared in barren conditions are exposed to many different stressors, compromising their welfare and producing physiological and behavioural changes. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of environmental enrichment (EE) consisting of natural hemp ropes, sawdust, rubber balls, and a...

  14. Behavioural responses of fish larvae modulated by analgesic drugs after a stress exposure

    Fish are known to respond to a wide range of irritant chemicals, displaying clear behavioural changes after exposure to potentially noxious stimuli. Recent evidence shows that these agents can have an impact on larval forms of fish. However, very little information is available on the effects of...

  15. Longitudinal study on human-related behaviour in horses—Can horses (Equus caballus) be de-domesticated?

    In the present study, we hypothesise that persistent avoidance of human would confirm de-domestication process in semi-feral horses. Fifty-three Konik polski horses (stable-born: SB, N1=27 and forest-born: FB, N2=26), additionally handled for 5 or 15days after weaning, were evaluated. Human...

  16. Aggressiveness in group-housed rabbit does: Influence of group size and pen characteristics

    The aim of this work was to study how the group size and the number of doorways in a pen may influence the aggressive interactions throughout the reproductive cycle among does kept in a part-time group housing system. Thirty-two crossbred multiparous pregnant rabbit does were housed in individual...

  17. The behaviour of housed dairy cattle with and without pasture access: A review

    With more dairy cows being housed indoors, for at least part of the year, it is important to understand how housing impacts on ‘normal behaviour’ and the implications for cow welfare. For cows on pasture, nutritional requirements and climatic conditions are the major concerns, whilst indoor...

  18. Intraspecific relationships in adult domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) living in the same household: A comparison of the relationship with the mother and an unrelated older female dog

    There is scientific evidence that adult dogs establish attachment bonds towards human beings. Attachment as behavioural system exists in the puppy-mother relationship, but adult dogs tested with the Ainsworth Strange Situation Test (ASST) have been found to show a preference for the stranger over...

  19. Indoor side fidelity and outdoor ranging in commercial free-range chickens in single- or double-sided sheds

    The ranging behaviour of broiler chickens kept in free-range housing systems remains poorly understood, despite access to the outdoor range being their main feature. We investigated the impact of allowing chickens to have range access on both sides vs. one side of the shed, using 24 flocks of...

  20. Effects of group size on behaviour, growth and occurrence of bite marks in farmed mink

    The aims of this study were to investigate the occurrence of stereotypic behaviours and the activity level in farmed mink when group housed in climbing cages and if group housing increase aggression by assessing the prevalence of bite marks. This was studied in juvenile mink of the colour types...