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  1. Behaviour of proactive and reactive tilapia Oreochromis niloticus in a T-maze

    Contributor(s):: Mesquita, Flávia O., Torres, Isabela F. A., Luz, Ronald K.

    Knowing that individuals with different coping strategies can exhibit different behaviours in associative learning, we evaluated the learning capacity of proactive and reactive tilapia fish. Trained and untrained, proactive and reactive, tilapia were subjected to a T-maze and their behaviour...

  2. Physiological stress coping and anxiety in greyhounds displaying inter-dog aggression

    Contributor(s):: Wormald, Dennis, Lawrence, Andrew J., Carter, Gabrielle, Fisher, Andrew D.

    Aggression is a relatively common behavioural problem in dogs that has both animal welfare and human safety considerations. Understanding the behavioural and physiological processes contributing to aggression is required for a better understanding of this issue. Previous studies have examined...

  3. Are personality traits consistent in fish?—The influence of social context

    Contributor(s):: Castanheira, Maria Filipa, Cerqueira, Marco, Millot, Sandie, Gonçalves, Rui A., Oliveira, Catarina C. V., Conceição, Luís E. C., Martins, Catarina I. M.

    Individual differences in behavioural and physiological responses to challenges are progressively accepted as adaptive variation and reveal a strong degree of evolutionary conservation throughout the vertebrate taxa. Previous studies in gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) suggested that individual...

  4. Feather pecking genotype and phenotype affect behavioural responses of laying hens

    Contributor(s):: van der Eijk, Jerine A. J., Lammers, Aart, Li, Peiyun, Kjaer, Joergen B., Rodenburg, T. Bas

    Feather pecking (FP) is a major welfare and economic issue in the egg production industry. Behavioural characteristics, such as fearfulness, have been related to FP. However, it is unknown how divergent selection on FP affects fearfulness in comparison to no selection on FP. Therefore, we...

  5. Poker Face: Discrepancies in behaviour and affective states in horses during stressful handling procedures

    Contributor(s):: Squibb, Keith, Griffin, Kym, Favier, Rebecca, Ijichi, Carrie

    Correct assessment of stress in horses is important for both horse welfare and handler safety during necessary aversive procedures. Handlers depend on behaviour when judging how well an individual is tolerating stressful procedures such as loading or veterinary intervention. However, evidence...

  6. Adolescent Coping Styles and Outdoor Education: Searching for the Mechanisms of Change

    Contributor(s):: James T. Neill, Bernd Heubeck

  7. Effects of therapeutic horseback riding on post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca A Johnson, David L. Albright, James R. Marzolf, Jessica L. Bibbo, Hayley D. Yaglom, Sandra M. Crowder, Gretchen Carlisle, Amy Willard, Cynthia L. Russell, Karen Grindler, Steven Osterlind, Marita Wassman, Nathan Harms

    Background Large numbers of post-deployment U.S. veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), leading to an urgent need for effective interventions to reduce symptoms and increase veterans’ coping. PTSD includes anxiety,...

  8. Experiencing Pet Loss as a Child: A Parental Perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Jayne Parkin

    Due to the positive contributions many companion animals make to the lives of others, it is common for individuals to build strong emotional attachments to their pets. Individuals who have strong relationships with their pets are likely to experience an equally strong grief reaction following...

  9. A Powerful Approach or the Power of Horses: Is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy an Effective Technique or the Natural Effect of Horses?

    | Contributor(s):: Jessica S. Iwachiw

    The lives of humans and animals have been intertwined through time immemorial, and in many instances the relationship between humans and animals has been thought to be good for human well-being. As such, it is not surprising that treatments for a wide range of ailments, from physical to...

  10. Efficacy of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Lowering Anxiety Symptoms of Adolescents in Schools

    | Contributor(s):: Courtney Zents

    Adolescence is marked by a period of stress with a portion of these individuals experiencing problems with anxiety. There are physical and psychological benefits of using animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for decreasing anxiety, however, the research on this is limited. The current study expands on...

  11. Grieving the loss of a pet

    | Contributor(s):: Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF)

    Bereavement information leaflet on coping with the death of a pet. Leaflet 15 of 15

  12. A preliminary study of group intervention along with basic canine training among traumatized teenagers: a 3-month longitudinal study

    | Contributor(s):: Hamama, Liat, Hamama-Raz, Yaira, Dagan, Keren, Greenfeld, Hofit, Rubinstein, Chen, Ben-Ezra, Menachem

  13. Exploring the role of playfulness with canine companions in coping with stress: How men are impacted by human-animal interaction through calling on a memory of play

    | Contributor(s):: Harlinger, Mary, Blazina, Chris, Blazina, Christopher, Kogan, Lori R.

  14. Social factors influencing cortisol modulation in dogs during a strange situation procedure

    | Contributor(s):: Schöberl, Iris, Beetz, Andrea, Solomon, Judith, Wedl, Manuela, Gee, Nancy, Kotrschal, Kurt

  15. Association between personality and stereotypic behaviours in the African striped mouse Rhabdomys dilectus

    | Contributor(s):: Joshi, Sneha, Pillay, Neville

    Stereotypic behaviours, which are abnormal, repetitive and invariant behaviours caused by frustration and/or central nervous system dysfunction, develop as a result of sub-optimal captive conditions that provide inadequate motor and sensory stimulation. However, not all individuals housed under...

  16. The evaluation of an equine-assisted therapy programme with a group of boys in a youth care facility

    | Contributor(s):: Boshoff, Christa, Grobler, Herman, Nienaber, Alida

  17. Animal Love Helps Women Cope with HIV/AIDS

  18. Grief for animal companions and an approach to supporting their bereaved owners

    | Contributor(s):: Hewson, Caroline

  19. Interparental Conflict and Youth Maladjustment: The Buffering Effects of Pets

    | Contributor(s):: Strand, Elizabeth B.

    Children who experience interparental conflict have more difficulty with internalizing and externalizing problems. Children's ability to manage their emotional and physiological arousal buffer them from the effects of interparental conflict. The child-pet bond is associated with emotional and...

  20. Saying goodbye: pet loss and its implications

    | Contributor(s):: Duffey, Thelma

    Pets can be loyal, loving, and entertaining members of a family. Their deaths are generally experienced as painful losses by the people who love them, even though the grief experience is often culturally disenfranchised. In this manuscript, the authors discuss the role that pets can play in a...