Commentary: Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement
| Contributor(s):: Rebecca J. Sargisson, Ian G. McLean
Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement
| Contributor(s):: Lucy China, Daniel S. Mills, Jonathan J. Cooper
We assessed the efficacy of dog training with and without remote electronic collarscompared to training with positive reinforcement. A total of 63 dogs with knownoff-lead behavioral problems such as poor recall were allocated to one of three traininggroups (each n = 21), receiving up to...
A Biosemiotic Perspective on Reward-Based Animal Training Techniques
| Contributor(s):: Amelia Lewis
In this paper, I examine the way humans interact with domestic companion animals, with a focus on ‘positive reward-based training’ methods, particularly for dogs. From a biosemiotic perspective, I discuss the role of animal training in today’s society and examine what binary...
An Examination of Shaping with an African Crested Porcupine (Hystrix cristata)
| Contributor(s):: Fernandez, Eduardo J., Dorey, Nicole R.
Impact of Socio-Economic Status on Accessibility of Dog Training Classes
| Contributor(s):: Lauren Harris, Tamsin Durston, Jake Flatman, Denise Kelly, Michelle Moat, Rahana Mohammed, Tracey Smith, MariaWickes, Melissa Upjohn, Rachel Casey
Behaviour problems are amongst the most common reasons given for relinquishing dogs to rehoming centres. Some behaviour problems may be amenable to being tackled pre-emptively with classes educating owners on basic dog training and understanding behaviour; however, it is recognised that people...
Anti-Inflammatory State in Arabian Horses Introduced to the Endurance Training
| Contributor(s):: OlgaWitkowska-Piłaszewicz, Piotr Baska, Michał Czopowicz, Magdalena Zmigrodzka, Ewa Szarska, Jarosław Szczepaniak, Zuzanna Nowak, Anna Winnicka, Anna Cywinska
Development of an anti-inflammatory state during physical training has been postulated in both human and equine athletes, but it is not completely understood. The aim of this study was to investigate whether endurance training changes pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine profiles within a...
Presence of Campylobacterjejuni and C. coli in Dogs under Training for Animal-Assisted Therapies
| Contributor(s):: Santaniello, A., Varriale, L., Dipineto, L., Borrelli, L., Pace, A., Fioretti, A., Menna, L. F.
Dog training intervention improves adaptive social communication skills in young children with autism spectrum disorder: A controlled crossover study
| Contributor(s):: Ben-Itzchak, E., Zachor, D. A.
| Contributor(s):: Kayla Holland
Sniffer dogs have worked alongside law enforcement officers, military units, border patrols and search and rescue teamss since the 1980s. There are two training locations for canines. One is located in Front Royal, Virginia. The headquarters of the Customs and Border Protection Canine Training...
Track Surfaces Used for Ridden Workouts and Alternatives to Ridden Exercise for Thoroughbred Horses in Race Training
| Contributor(s):: Ashleigh V. Morrice-West, Peta L. Hitchens, Elizabeth A. Walmsley, R. Chris Whitton
Little is known about the types of surfaces used during training of Thoroughbred racehorses or methods of exercise used in addition to ridden track-work. Our aims were to (1) describe the types of surfaces used in the training of Thoroughbred racehorses and to (2) identify alternative...
The role of ethology in round pen horse training—A review
| Contributor(s):: Henshall, Cathrynne, McGreevy, Paul D.
Horse training systems apparently based on the ‘natural’ behaviour of horses have been widely adopted in the past four decades. Round pen training (RPT) is an integral feature of many ‘natural horsemanship’ (NH) systems. RPT involves the training of the horse at liberty within an enclosed space...
Implementing positive reinforcement animal training programs at primate laboratories
| Contributor(s):: Perlman, Jaine E., Bloomsmith, Mollie A., Whittaker, Margaret A., McMillan, Jennifer L., Minier, Darren E., McCowan, Brenda
In the last decade several surveys of primate care and training programs highlight a common theme; despite scientific evidence that animal training can be effective in reducing stress, increasing efficiency and improving veterinary care, animal training is not widely incorporated into animal care...
Human-directed contra-aggression training using positive reinforcement with single and multiple trainers for indoor-housed rhesus macaques
| Contributor(s):: Minier, Darren E., Tatum, Lindsay, Gottlieb, Daniel H., Cameron, Ashley, Snarr, Jessica, Elliot, Richard, Cook, Ashleigh, Elliot, Kami, Banta, Kimberly, Heagerty, Allison, McCowan, Brenda
The objective of this study was to improve human–animal management relationships by testing the effects of positive reinforcement training (PRT) on reducing human-directed aggression in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Contra-aggression uses a combination of positive reinforcement training...
Relationships, Socialization and Combat Veterans: The Impact of Receiving and Training a Service Dog
| Contributor(s):: Scotland-Coogan, Diane
Dog Training Intervention Shows Social-Cognitive Change in the Journals of Incarcerated Youth
| Contributor(s):: Syzmanski, T., Casey, R. J., Johnson, A., Cano, A.
There is limited research assessing the effectiveness of Animal-Assisted Therapy in at-risk adolescent populations. In a recent study, 138 adjudicated adolescents participated in a randomized controlled trial of an animal-assisted intervention, in which participants either trained shelter dogs...
Monty Roberts' Public Demonstrations: Preliminary Report on the Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability of Horses Undergoing Training during Live Audience Events
| Contributor(s):: Loni Loftus, Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones-McVey, Jose L. Gonzales, Veronica L. Fowler
Effective training of horses relies on the trainer’s awareness of learning theory and equine ethology, and should be undertaken with skill and time. Some trainers, such as Monty Roberts, share their methods through the medium of public demonstrations. This paper describes the opportunistic...
The Contribution of Equitation Science to Minimising Horse-Related Risks to Humans
| Contributor(s):: Melissa Starling, Andrew McLean, Paul McGreevy
Equitation science is an evidence-based approach to horse training and riding that focuses on a thorough understanding of both equine ethology and learning theory. This combination leads to more effective horse training, but also plays a role in keeping horse riders and trainers safe around...
Assessment of Working Dog Suitability from Quantimetric Data
| Contributor(s):: Joelle Alcaidinho, Giancarlo Valentin, Nate Yoder, Stephanie Tai, Paul Mundell, Melody Jackson
We propose new approaches to assessing the suitability of potential working dogs for a given occupation. The main focus is placed on continuously-recording technology that does not rely on constant human observation. An example is provided in the form of a pilot study...
Wearable alert system for mobility-assistance service dogs
| Contributor(s):: Giancarlo Valentin, Larry Freil, Joelle Alcaidinho, Jay Zuerndorfer, Celeste Mason, Melody M Jackson
We present a study of a wearable alert system for mobility-assistance dogs. Our focus in this study is on assessing sensor and dog activation reliability for the purpose of understanding both system and dog training challenges. We improve on the results from previous work in each of four...
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