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A desired profile of horse personality – A survey study of Polish equestrians based on a new approach to equine temperament and character
Contributor(s):: Suwała, Mira, Górecka-Bruzda, Aleksandra, Walczak, Marta, Ensminger, John, Jezierski, Tadeusz
Equine behaviour is crucial for all kinds of equestrian activities, and therefore behavioural traits are considered as selection criteria in horse breeding programs in many countries. Since neither a desired profile of equine personality for particular riding disciplines nor detailed preferences...
Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States
| Contributor(s):: Heuberger, R. A., Garner, J. A., Corby, A., DeWitt, K., Sluis, R. vander
The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health...
Feeders of Free-Roaming Cats: Personal Characteristics, Feeding Practices, and Data on Cat Health and Welfare in an Urban Setting of Israel
| Contributor(s):: Idit Gunther, Tal Raz, Yehonatan Even Zor, Yuval Bachowski, Eyal Klement
Cat feeders serve as an important source of available food for free-roaming cats (FRCs) and can play a central role in providing data on FRC distribution, welfare, and health. Data on cat feeder personalities as well as a better understanding of their feeding practices offer relevance for...
Siamo tutti animisti ? L'interazione con gli altri animali attraverso la cura del loro spirito
| Contributor(s):: Véronique Servais
L’hypothèse générale qui sous-tend cette conférence est que le mental animal est une perception émergente liée aux conditions de l’interaction entre une personne humaine et un animal. Si on compare la manière dont un chercheur ou un...
Behavioral and self-report measures influencing children's reported attachment to their dog
| Contributor(s):: Hall, N. J., Liu, JingWen, Kertes, D., Wynne, C. D. L.
Despite the prevalence of dogs as family pets and increased scientific interest in canine behavior, few studies have investigated characteristics of the child or dog that influence the child-dog relationship. In the present study, we explored how behavioral and some self-report measures influence...
The canines of the National Republican Guard - The personality characteristics and the benchmarking tests appropriate for the police service in Guarda
| Contributor(s):: Ivo Morais
The domestic dog lives on the side of humanity for more than 14,000 years and during this time, despite suffering several morphological and behavioral changes, is today the faithful friend of man. The diversity of tasks in which the dog is employed constitute the practical motivation for the...
Characteristics of Excitable Dog Behavior Based on Owners' Report from a Self-Selected Study
| Contributor(s):: Anastasia Shabelansky, Seana Dowling-Guyer
Past research has found that excitable dog behavior is prevalent among sheltered and owned dogs and many times is a reason for canine relinquishment. In spite of its prevalence in the canine population, excitable behavior is relatively unstudied in the scientific literature. The intent of this...
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Rediscover the Pit Bull: Mitzi Bolanos at TEDxGrandForks
| Contributor(s):: Mitzi Bolanos
Mitzi Bolaños explains how dogs are individuals, not defined by their breed, looks, past, or even how they’re raised. This is evident by the many victims of dogfighting, mainly pit bulls, who have become therapy dogs. When we focus on the heart of the issue—that people abuse...
Cross-sectional study of characteristics of owners and nonowners surrendering cats to four Australian animal shelters
| Contributor(s):: Zito, S., Morton, J., Paterson, M., Vankan, D., Bennett, P. C., Rand, J., Phillips, C. J. C.
Unwanted cats surrendered to nonhuman animal shelters are generally categorized as either "owned" or "stray". This classification is misleading because "stray" cats may include many "semiowned" cats, for which people provide care but who are not perceived as being owned. This differentiation is...
Tailored enrichment strategies and stereotypic behavior in captive individually housed macaques ( Macaca spp.)
| Contributor(s):: Cannon, T. H., Heistermann, M., Hankison, S. J., Hockings, K. J., McLennan, M. R.
The welfare of nonhuman animals in captivity is widely dependent on the natural psychological, physical, and behavioral needs of the animals and how adequately these needs are met. Inability to engage in natural behaviors can lead to chronic stress and expression of stereotypic behavior. The...
Comparison of the characteristics and attitudes of dog adopters from three dog rescue groups
| Contributor(s):: Zelda L. Zimmerman
A web-based survey was conducted to investigate the relationships between adopters and the dogs they adopted from three types of rescue groups/organizations: humane societies, greyhound rescues, and pit bull rescues. The dog selected to adopt can vary for many reasons, one of which is breed...
Preference of white-tailed deer for corn hybrids and agricultural husbandry practices during the growing season
| Contributor(s):: Delger, J. A., Monteith, K. L., Schmitz, L. E., Jenks, J. A.
Characteristics of adopted thoroughbred racehorses in second careers
| Contributor(s):: Stowe, C. J., Kibler, M. L.
The unwanted horse issue continues to be a major concern in the U.S. equine industry. Nonprofit organizations dedicated to rescuing, retraining, and rehoming unwanted horses are critical in minimizing this problem. This study utilized data collected nationwide from organizations that provide...
Object Neophilia in Domestic Purebred Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Lydia Kniowski
Neophilia is defined as a preference for novelty. This characteristic has been described in a variety of animal species, and may have been a contributing factor in the domestication of dogs. This study tested three purebred dog breeds for neophilia with inanimate objects. Observations of...
Breed characteristics of abandoned and lost dogs in the Czech Republic
| Contributor(s):: Voslarova, E., Zak, J., Vecerek, V., Bedanova, I.
Records on sheltered dogs were collected from 3 municipal dog shelters situated in different regions of the Czech Republic from 2010 to 2013. A total of 3,875 dogs were analyzed in this study. Among these, 1,614 dogs were subsequently reclaimed (lost dogs) and 2,261 dogs were abandoned and...
Development of a standard test to assess negative reinforcement learning in horses
| Contributor(s):: Ahrendt, L. P., Labouriau, R., Malmkvist, J., Nicol, C. J., Christensen, J. W.
Most horses are trained by negative reinforcement. Currently, however, no standardised test for evaluating horses' negative reinforcement learning ability is available. The aim of this study was to develop an objective test to investigate negative reinforcement learning in horses. Twenty-four...
The effects of social interaction and environmental enrichment on the space use, behaviour and stress of owned housecats facing a novel environment
| Contributor(s):: Rehnberg, L. K., Robert, K. A., Watson, S. J., Peters, R. A.
Every day, millions of domestic cats are held temporarily in captive environments, such as boarding catteries and rescue shelters. Being in confinement can potentially invoke high levels of stress for these animals. Therefore, there is a need to develop appropriate strategies to reduce these...