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  1. The End of the Partnership With a Guide Dog: Emotional Responses, Effects on Quality of Life and Relationships With Subsequent Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Lloyd, J., Budge, C., La Grow, S., Stafford, K.

  2. Assistive Device Use among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Profile of Canadians Using Hearing, Vision, and Mobility Devices in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

    Contributor(s):: Ishigami, Yoko, Jutai, Jeffrey, Kirkland, Susan

    There is increasing recognition that using assistive devices can support healthy aging. Minimizing discomfort and loss of function and increasing independence can have a substantial impact physically, psychologically, and financially on persons with functional impairments and resulting activity...

  3. Continuous and Real-Time In Vivo Autobioluminescent Imaging in a Mouse Model

    Contributor(s):: Yip, D., Kirkpatrick, A., Xu, T., Masi, T., Stephenson, S., Ripp, S., Close, D.

  4. The ‘Cage Climber’ - A new enrichment for use in large-dimensioned mouse facilities

    Contributor(s):: Vogt, Miriam Annika, Mertens, Sinja, Serba, Susanne, Palme, Rupert, Chourbaji, Sabine

    Environmental Enrichment has been shown in experimental contexts to have clear and often beneficial effects on animal physiology and behavior. Housing prior to experiments can represent a large proportion of an animal’s living conditions, and improving housing conditions can be seen as...

  5. Using radio frequency identification for behavioral monitoring in little blue penguins

    Contributor(s):: Kalafut, Kathryn L., Kinley, Rickey

    A common goal of captive animal institutions is to create environments that allow for the most naturalistic behavior from their animals. Behavioral data is often used as a measure of how an animal is thriving in its current environment. Obtaining this data can be very difficult and...

  6. Effect of Capacity for Care on cat admission trends at the Guelph Humane Society, 2011–2015

    Contributor(s):: Janke, Natasha, Berke, Olaf, Klement, Eyal, Flockhart, D. T. Tyler, Coe, Jason, Bateman, Shane

    In recent years, there has been a growing concern regarding populations of cats who are homeless. Shelters are constantly overwhelmed by the influx of cats without caregivers and are seeking solutions to enhance positive outcomes for them. In 2014, the Guelph Humane Society implemented a...

  7. Volunteer experience influences the conclusions of behavioural experiments

    Contributor(s):: Duncan, Luke Mangaliso, Pillay, Neville

    Volunteers offer an inexpensive and rapid means of collecting behavioural data, but their reliability is often overlooked. Past research has suggested that observers that were inexperienced are equally adept at recording behaviour as experienced observers, and inexperience was regarded as being...

  8. Lying laterality and the effect of IceTag data loggers on lying behaviour of dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Gibbons, Jenny, Medrano-Galarza, Catalina, Marie de Passillé, Anne, Rushen, Jeffrey

    Lying behaviour is a useful indicator of cow comfort, but can be time consuming to measure. Data loggers are commonly used to automatically record behavioural activity but may influence the animal's behaviour. We investigated the effect of a new model of the IceTag data logger (IceTag Sensor,...

  9. Dog Movie Stars and Dog Breed Popularity: A Case Study in Media Influence on Choice

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    | Contributor(s):: Stefano Ghirlanda, Alberto Acerbi, Harold Herzog

    Fashions and fads are important phenomena that influence many individual choices. They are ubiquitous in human societies, and have recently been used as a source of data to test models of cultural dynamics. Although a few statistical regularities have been observed in fashion cycles, their...

  10. Validation and welfare assessment of flipper-mounted time-depth recorders for monitoring penguins in zoos and aquariums

    | Contributor(s):: Fuller, Grace, Heintz, Matthew R., Allard, Stephanie

    The time that penguins devote to aquatic behaviors likely has important implications for their welfare in zoos and aquariums. For decades, field researchers have used time-depth recorders (TDRs) to understand the behavior of penguins at sea. However, zoos and aquariums have rarely used these...

  11. Behavioural adaptation to a short or no dry period with associated management in dairy cows

    | Contributor(s):: Kok, Akke, van Hoeij, Renny J., Tolkamp, Bert J., Haskell, Marie J., van Knegsel, Ariëtte T. M., de Boer, Imke J. M., Bokkers, Eddie A. M.

    From calving, dairy cows are typically milked for about a year, and subsequently managed to have a non-lactating or ‘dry period’ (DP) before next calving. However, the use of a DP may reduce cow welfare because typical DP management involves the cow changing groups and ration. Also, the DP...

  12. Design and test of a web-survey for collecting observer’s ratings on dairy goats’ behavioural data

    | Contributor(s):: Vieira, Ana, Oliveira, Mónica D., Nunes, Telmo, Stilwell, George

    A considerable amount of behavioural research studies are based on observer’s ratings collected during field visits. New methods for collecting this type of data have recently emerged, for instance using videos or photographs that are presented and assessed during workshops or meetings, or...

  13. Validation of HOBO Pendant® data loggers for automated step detection in two age classes of male turkeys: growers and finishers

    | Contributor(s):: Dalton, Hillary A., Wood, Benjamin J., Dickey, James P., Torrey, Stephanie

    Activity levels can be used as a predictor of health status, physical condition, feed efficiency, and coping style in animals. Small, portable data loggers have been validated as an inexpensive and effective alternative to video or live observation for automated activity detection in several...

  14. Animal Images Database: Validation of 120 Images for Human-Animal Studies

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    | Contributor(s):: Possidonio, C., Graca, J., Piazza, J., Prada, M.

  15. Effective Multidisciplinary Search Strategies for Assistance Animals: A Librarian's Perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Fausak, E. D.

  16. RAW DATA: Making Relations Matter

    | Contributor(s):: Walford, Antonia

  17. The Correlation Between Snakebites And Meteorological Variations

    | Contributor(s):: Chang Na

    Background: In the United States, approximately 45,000 snakebites occur annually and affect many people including veterinarians and farmers.1 Snakebites can cause significant pain and morbidity such as severe bleeding and skin necrosis. Better predictive information on snakebite risk could help...

  18. Behavioral ecology of captive species: using bibliographic information to assess pet suitability of mammal species

    | Contributor(s):: Koene, P., Mol, R. M. de, Ipema, B.

    Which mammal species are suitable to be kept as pet? For answering this question many factors have to be considered. Animals have many adaptations to their natural environment in which they have evolved that may cause adaptation problems and/or risks in captivity. Problems may be visible in...

  19. Evaluating the efficacy of equine therapy among at-risk youth: a meta-analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Wilkie, K. D., Germain, S., Theule, J.

    The present meta-analysis examined the efficacy of equine therapy among an at-risk youth population. Seven studies quantitatively assessed the treatment effects following involvement in an equine therapy program. The random effects model was used to aggregate each study into an overall effect...

  20. Influence of pet ownership on self-esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness among over 65s in Ireland

    | Contributor(s):: Gráinne Nic An Mháistir

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of pet ownership on self-­‐esteem, life satisfaction and loneliness in pet owners and non-­‐owners. Data was collected from 147 participants. Data was gathered by means of self-­‐reported questionnaires that assessed...