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  1. 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...

  2. Implications of breaking mother-young social bonds

    | 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. Pet attachment and personality type

    | Contributor(s):: Bagley, D. K., Gonsman, V. L.

    This study examined the relationship between personality type and pet attachment by administering the Keirsey Four Types Sorter and the Lexington Attachment to Pets Scale to 163 participants. Idealist personality types had significantly higher attachment scores than Rationals and Artisans, but...

  7. Homelessness and dog ownership: an investigation into animal empathy, attachment, crime, drug use, health and public opinion

    | Contributor(s):: Taylor, H., Williams, P., Gray, D.

    A sample of 51 homeless people in Cambridge, UK completed a questionnaire featuring adapted Animal Empathy and Companion Animal Bonding Scales. Concepts of crime, drug use, and health matters amongst the homeless, both dog owning and non-dog owning, were investigated, as well. Ninety members of...

  8. 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...

  9. 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,...

  10. Understanding the human-cat relationship: human social support or attachment

    | Contributor(s):: Stammbach, K. B., Turner, D. C.

    The goal of this study was to assess whether the widespread popularity of cats can best be explained using either attachment theory or social support theory. To assess the degree of attachment to the cat, and the size of the human social support network, we used five different questionnaires: In...

  11. Prosocial and antisocial behaviors in adolescents: an investigation into associations with attachment and empathy

    | Contributor(s):: Thompson, K. L., Gullone, E.

    The normal development of empathy has been proposed to be imperative to the healthy emotional and social functioning of youths. In contrast, compromised levels of empathy have been linked to an increased propensity to engage in antisocial behaviors, including animal cruelty. Previous findings...

  12. Re-evaluation of the companion animal bonding scale

    | Contributor(s):: Triebenbacher, S. L.

    This study re-evaluated the Companion Animal Bonding Scale (Poresky, Hendrix, Mosier and Samuelson 1987) using a wide range of developmental levels. Participants included 714 individuals (284 boys and 430 girls) from fourth grade to undergraduate college status. The elementary, middle, and high...

  13. Pet ownership, type of pet and socio-emotional development of school children

    | Contributor(s):: Vidovic, V. V., Stetic, V. V., Bratko, D.

    The current study was designed to compare the socio-emotional characteristics of school children pet owners and children without pets and to examine whether the type of pet is a variable which can differentiate the socio-emotional development of their owners. The subjects, 425 girls and 401 boys,...

  14. Clues from Katrina: human-animal bond and diversity in practice

    | Contributor(s):: Greenhill, L. M.

  15. The technician's role in nurturing the human animal bond

    | Contributor(s):: Hancock, G.

  16. Meeting societal obligations and enhancing the human-animal bond in practice

    | Contributor(s):: Meadows, R.

  17. Emotional components of physical problems in the equine & small animals

    | Contributor(s):: Schwartz, C.

  18. Are we dog's best friend? Predicting canine cortisol response from human affiliative and punitive behaviors

    | Contributor(s):: Jones, A. C., Josephs, R. A.