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  1. Evaluating Cognitive and Behavioral Outcomes in Conjunction with the Secure Base Effect for Dogs in Shelter and Foster Environments

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Thielke, Monique A. R. Udell

    Although it is widely accepted that dogs and humans form attachment relationships, characterizing attachment styles in dogs has only recently received attention in the literature. Previous research has shown that pet dogs display patterns of behavior in an attachment test that can be classified...

  2. Should dogs and cats be given as gifts?

    | Contributor(s):: Weiss, E., Dolan, E. D., Garrison, L., Hong, J., Slater, M.

    Policies that state dogs and cats should not be adopted as gifts are prevalent at animal welfare organizations, despite the fact that this belief is unfounded. Denying adopters who intend to give the animals as gifts may unnecessarily impede the overarching goal of increasing the rate of...

  3. From interspecific attachment relationship to human directed aggression

    | Contributor(s):: Gácsi, M.

  4. Owners as a secure base for their dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Mariti, Chiara, Ricci, Eva, Zilocchi, Marcella, Gazzano, Angelo

  5. Human Analogue Safe Haven Effect of the Owner: Behavioural and Heart Rate Response to Stressful Social Stimuli in Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: M. Gácsi, K. Maros, S. Sernkvist, T. Faragó, A. Miklósi

    The secure base and safe haven effects of the attachment figure are central features of the human attachment theory. Recently, conclusive evidence for human analogue attachment behaviours in dogs has been provided, however, the owner’s security-providing role in danger has not been directly...

  6. Assessment of dog-human attachment using Ainsworth's Strange Situation test

    | Contributor(s):: Seman, M., Kottferova, J., Jakuba, T., Haladova, E., Fejsakova, M., Matos, R.

    A human psychological test of Ainsworth's Strange Situation (ASS) was used to investigate the state of emotional attachment in dog-human relationship. Ten adult dog-owner pairs were observed in an unfamiliar test room, introduced to a human stranger and subjected to 8 short episodes. The dogs...

  7. The way to a man's heart is through his stomach: what about horses?

    | Contributor(s):: Sankey, C., Henry, S., Gorecka-Bruzda, A., Richard-Yris, M. A., Hausberger, M.

    Background: How do we bond to one another? While in some species, like humans, physical contact plays a role in the process of attachment, it has been suggested that tactile contact's value may greatly differ according to the species considered. Nevertheless, grooming is often considered as a...

  8. Erratum to 'Neuropeptidergic regulation of affiliative behavior and social bonding in animals'

    | Contributor(s):: Lim, Miranda M., Young, Larry J.

  9. Multidimensional quality of life and human

    | Contributor(s):: Schneider, Tamera R., Lyons, Joseph B., Tetrick, Mark A., Accortt, Eynav E.

  10. Erratum to 'Neuropeptidergic regulation of affiliative behavior and social bonding in animals'

    | Contributor(s):: Lim, Miranda M., Young, Larry J.

  11. Group Report: Biobehavioral Processes in Attachment and Bonding

    | Contributor(s):: Leckman, J. F., Carter, C. S., Hennessy, M. B., Hrdy, S. B., Keverne, E. B., Klann-Delius, G., Schradin, C., Todt, D., von Holst, D.

  12. Playful pooches: Using canine interactions to enhance therapeutic outcomes for children and adolescents

    | Contributor(s):: VanFleet, Risë

  13. Do pets mourn the loss of a companion animal?

    | Contributor(s):: Hunter, S.

  14. The effects of weaning on the domestic horse (Equus caballus).

    | Contributor(s):: Waran, N. K., Clarke, N., Farnworth, M.

    For free-living or feral horses weaning takes place naturally at around 8-9 months [Gill, E.L., 1988. Factors affecting body condition of New Forest Ponies. Ph.D. Thesis. Department of Biology, University of Southampton]. Some mares will continue to suckle their foal until shortly before the...

  15. Heart rate and behavioural responses of dogs in the Ainsworth's Strange Situation: a pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: Palestrini, C., Previde, E. P., Spiezio, C., Verga, M.

    The possibility of linking physiology and observable behaviour is of great importance in gaining a better understanding of the dog's reactions to environmental changes and potential stressors. Many studies of human-dog interactions explored the issues concerning attachment of people to their...

  16. Implications of breaking mother-young social bonds. (Special Issue: Early Weaning.)

    | Contributor(s):: Newberry, R. C., Swanson, J. C.

    Whereas mammalian mothers and young may retain long-term social affiliations in nature, the management of animals in captivity typically dictates that offspring are abruptly and permanently separated from their mothers at a relatively early age, often prior to the time of natural weaning. For...

  17. A review of the behavioral and neurochemical consequences of early weaning in rodents. (Special Issue: Early Weaning.)

    | Contributor(s):: Kikusui, T., Nakamura, K., Mori, Y.

    In mammals, mother-infant bonding is based on the dependence of the infant on the mother for sustenance, i.e., the infant suckles milk, but also involving a need for physical contact. Weaning is one of the most important events that occur in developing animals and the timing of natural weaning is...

  18. Do disrupted early attachments affect the relationship between guide dogs and blind owners?

    | Contributor(s):: Fallani, G., Previde, E. P., Valsecchi, P.

    The study investigated the affectional bond developed by dogs (Canis familiaris) towards their human companions during the selection process to become guide dogs and compared this bond with that formed by pet dogs with their owners. One hundred and nine dog-owner pairs were tested using a...

  19. Child-companion animal attachment bonds in single and two-parent families

    | Contributor(s):: Bodsworth, W., Coleman, G. J.

    This study addressed the issue of whether children who potentially have reduced access to parental resources have a stronger attachment bond with a dog, compared with children who have greater access. The study compared children in single-parent families with those in two-parent families on level...

  20. Pet owner behaviors and attachment to yard versus house dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Shore, E. R., Riley, M. L., Douglas, D. K.

    The majority of research on the human-nonhuman animal bond has considered its advantages for the human. Research investigating the benefits of the bond for the companion animal has focused primarily on the relationship between owner attachment and the relinquishment or abandonment of pets. Shore,...