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  1. Behaviour of bucking bulls prior to rodeo performances and relation to rodeo and human activities

    There is a paucity of scientific evaluation of to substantiate concerns regarding the welfare of bulls used in bucking performances at rodeos. The current study followed 14 bulls during loading and holding in bucking chutes prior to release into an arena for performance at a large outdoor...

  2. Influence of morning maternal care on the behavioural responses of 8-week-old Beagle puppies to new environmental and social stimuli

    In mammals, maternal care represents a major constituent of the early-life environment and its influence on individual development has been documented in rodents, non-human primates, humans and recently in adult dogs. The quality and quantity of mother-offspring interactions exerts a multilevel...

  3. Personality matters: Consistency of inter-individual variation in shyness-boldness across non-breeding and pre-breeding season despite a fall in general shyness levels in farmed American mink (Neovison vison)

    Individuals of the same species vary consistently in their behaviour across time and context, and this is often referred to as animal personality. In this study, we investigate animal personality based on the definition of personality traits as underlying dispositional factors, which are linked...

  4. Preference for and use of oral enrichment objects in juvenile silver foxes (Vulpes vulpes)

    Providing captive foxes with relevant enrichment objects may support their ability to cope with barren housing systems and thus have positive welfare effects. The relevance of enrichment objects is, among others, related to animals’ preference that should be examined prior to supplementing their...

  5. Unpredictability in food supply during early life influences growth and boldness in European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax

    Biological variability is no longer considered as statistical noise, but rather as an adaptive benefit. This variability comes from consistent differences in behavioral and physiological responses among individuals to a changing/challenging environment, named “coping style”, “temperament” or...

  6. The sucking behaviour and milk intake of one- to three-week-old triplet lambs during natural and competitive suckling situations

    Within triplet litters, light-born lambs are at greater risk of dying than heavier lambs in the first week of life. However, the implications of within-litter differences in sucking behaviour for milk intake and growth beyond the first week are unclear. We hypothesized that within litter,...

  7. Measuring behaviour accurately with instantaneous sampling: A new tool for selecting appropriate sampling intervals

    A central dilemma in instantaneous sampling (IS) is to select appropriate sampling intervals for different behaviours. Ideally, the interval should be as long as possible without risking the accuracy of obtained estimates. In this study, we developed a computational method for evaluating the...

  8. Investigating canine personality structure using owner questionnaires measuring pet dog behaviour and personality

    Questionnaire-based personality and behavioural assessments for domestic dogs are widely used by professional dog handlers, researchers and those working in welfare. In order for behaviour tests to provide accurate, useful information about the future behaviour of test subjects, they need to...

  9. Validation of modified open field behaviour as a measure of trait anxiety in the dog

    Trait anxiety may be a predisposing factor for anxiety-related behavioural problems in dogs. This study aimed to measure and quantify trait anxiety using novel behavioural paradigms. Diazepam is an anxiolytic drug which can be used to validate behavioural paradigms that are designed to measure...

  10. Behavioural characteristics of dogs removed from hoarding situations

    Hoarding occurs when persons accumulate animals in numbers that exceed their capacity to provide for the needs of the animals. Typical animal hoarding environments are extremely unsanitary and unhealthy, with malnutrition, disease, and death all common elements. Anecdotal reports of dogs...

  11. Genetic and behavioral characteristics of the St. Kitts ‘island dog’

    Recent studies of the ancient and indigenous dog breeds, while informing us about the origins of the domestic dog and the process of domestication, can also aid in understanding the behavior of modern-day dogs. Genetic signatures of indigenous American dog origins may be present on the Caribbean...

  12. Environmentally enriching American mink (Neovison vison) increases lymphoid organ weight and skeletal symmetry, and reveals differences between two sub-types of stereotypic behaviour

    Enrichment studies for wild carnivores (e.g., in zoos) are often short-term, use enrichments of unknown motivational significance, and focus on glucocorticoids and stereotypic behaviour (SB), ignoring other stress-relevant variables. Our study assessed the broad behavioural and physiological...

  13. The effect of reward-handler dissociation on dogs’ obedience performance in different conditions

    Dogs’ responsiveness to instructions of the handler is known to be influenced by several factors. In this study we examined whether reward-handler dissociation has an effect on the obedience performance of family dogs with basic training history. We looked at situations involving human–dog...

  14. The effect of free-stall versus strawyard housing and access to pasture on dairy cow locomotor activity and time budget

    Dairy housing systems can have major implications on how freely cows move within their environment and how fully they can express their behavioral repertoire, impacting overall welfare. To ensure housing systems are meeting the needs of the dairy cow, more information is needed on the best method...

  15. Effect of analgesic strategies on pain behaviour associated with combined ring castration and hot iron tail docking in Merino lambs

    Most countries don’t require analgesia to be provided to lambs

  16. Barren housing and negative handling decrease the exploratory approach in farmed mink

    We examined the influence of cage enrichment and different types of short-term experiences on the temperament of farmed mink. We used juvenile Palomino mink (n = 600, housed in pairs of one male and one female) in a two-factor design with cage environment (BAR: barren vs. ENR: cage enriched with...

  17. 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...

  18. Relative preference for wooden nests affects nesting behaviour of broiler breeders

    Optimising nest design for broiler breeders has benefits for both the animals and the producers. The welfare of the hens will increase by providing preferred housing, while also reducing eggs laid outside the nests. These floor eggs cause economic losses by compromised automatic egg collection...

  19. Horse vision and obstacle visibility in horseracing

    Visual information is key to how many animals interact with their environment, and much research has investigated how animals respond to colour and brightness information in the natural world. Understanding the visibility of features in anthropogenic environments, and how animals respond to...

  20. Consistency of temperament traits and their relationships with milk yield in lactating primiparous F1 Holstein - Gyr cows

    The objectives of the present study were: a) to evaluate the consistency of temperament traits of primiparous F1 Holstein - Gyr cows throughout time and across distinct handling situations (milking temperament and handling temperament in the corral), and b) to assess the relationships between...