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"An extension of me": handlers describe their experiences of working with bird dogs
Contributor(s):: Corkran, C. M.
Studies describe the human-canine relationship as a long and complex one in which both parties have developed complementary physical skills and communication techniques. Current extensive exploration of the human-canine bond commonly examines the objective value of dogs to people, whether as...
"Bark parks" - a study on interdog aggression in a limited-control environment
Contributor(s):: Shyan, M. R., Fortune, K. A., King, C.
As limited-control dog parks become more popular, concerns arise about whether these parks encourage interdog aggression. Systematic observations made at 1 park in Indianapolis, USA over 72 h (between 1600 and 1830 h, 3-5 times a week) across 8 months (between March and November 2001) found that...
"Do not choose as I do!" - Dogs avoid the food that is indicated by another dog's gaze in a two-object choice task
Contributor(s):: Balint, A., Farago, T., Meike, Z., Lenkei, R., Miklosi, A., Pongracz, P.
Family dogs successfully follow human-given cues in a two-object choice test. However, whether this ability has any roots in dog-dog visual communication, has been seldom investigated. We designed a test where a video-projected, life-sized dog 'demonstrator' provided directional cues for the...
Contributor(s):: Wyatt, K.
"Puppy mill" bill: intentions, good; implementation, another story
Contributor(s):: DiVita, L. J.
"Who's been a good dog?" - Owner perceptions and motivations for treat giving
Contributor(s):: White, G. A., Ward, L., Pink, C., Craigon, J., Millar, K. M.
Complex relationships commonly exist between owners and their companion animals, particularly around feeding behaviour with an owner's affection or love for their animal most pronounced through the provision of food. It is notable that the pet food market is experiencing strong year-on-year...
'Beware, I am big and non-dangerous!' - playfully growling dogs are perceived larger than their actual size by their canine audience
Contributor(s):: Balint, A., Farago, T., Doka, A., Miklosi, A., Pongracz, P.
'Bling with bite' - the rise of status and weapon dogs
Contributor(s):: Harding, S.
Jun 06 2015
2015 National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference
Jun 11 2016
2016 National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference
Jun 24 2017
2017 UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference
A behavioral analysis of dog bites to children
Contributor(s):: Mathews, J. R., Lattal, K. A.
A behaviour test on German Shepherd dogs: heritability of seven different traits
Contributor(s):: Ruefenacht, S., Gebhardt-Henrich, S., Miyake, T., Gaillard, C.
In this study, genetic and non-genetic effects on behavioural traits were estimated, based on records of the field behaviour test of the Swiss German Shepherd Dog breeding club. This standardized test has been applied since 1949 and comprised the following seven traits: self-confidence, nerve...
A case series of biting dogs: characteristics of the dogs, their behaviour, and their victims
Contributor(s):: Guy, N. C., Luescher, U. A., Dohoo, S. E., Spangler, E., Miller, J. B., Dohoo, I. R., Bate, L. A.
The characteristics of 227 biting dogs, their homes, and their victims were gathered in a detailed telephone survey of general veterinary clientele in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island in 1996. All of the dogs had bitten either someone living in the...
A comparative approach to the study of Keeper-Animal Relationships in the zoo. (Special Issue: Zoo animal welfare.)
Contributor(s):: Carlstead, K.
Research on intensively farmed animals over the past 25 years has shown that human-animal interactions, by affecting the animal's fear of humans, can markedly limit the productivity and welfare of farm animals. This article begins to explore some of the factors that need to be considered to...
A comparison of behaviour in test and in everyday life: evidence of three consistent boldness-related personality traits in dogs
Contributor(s):: Svartberg, K.
Six specific personality traits - playfulness, chase-proneness, curiosity/fearlessness, sociability, aggressiveness, and distance-playfulness - and a broad boldness dimension have been suggested for dogs in previous studies based on data collected in a standardized behavioural test ("dog...
A comparison of dog bite injuries in younger and older children treated in a pediatric emergency department
Contributor(s):: Bernardo, L. M., Gardner, M. J., Rosenfield, R. L., Cohen, B., Pitetti, R.
Objective: Dog bites account for a significant number of traumatic injuries in the paediatric population that often require medical treatment. Although agent, host, and environmental characteristics of dog bites have been well documented, no attempt has been made to compare these characteristics...
A comparison of dog-dog and dog-human play behaviour
Contributor(s):: Rooney, N. J., Bradshaw, J. W. S., Robinson, I. H.
In an observational study of dogs being walked by their owners (402), dogs which were walked together, and had opportunities to play with one another, played with their owners with the same frequency as dogs being walked alone. This finding was supported by a questionnaire survey of 2585 dog...
A comparison of pet and purpose-bred research dog ( Canis familiaris) performance on human-guided object-choice tasks
Contributor(s):: Lazarowski, L., Dorman, D. C.
Several studies have shown that domestic dogs respond to human social cues such as pointing. Some experiments have shown that pet dogs outperformed wolves in following a momentary distal point. These findings have lent support to the hypothesis that domestication is responsible for domestic dogs'...
A comparison of social and environmental enrichment methods for laboratory housed dogs
Contributor(s):: Hubrecht, R. C.
48 Beagles in 4 equal groups: (controls; opportunities for social contacts with conspecifics; given 30 s/day of intensive handling; and provided with 3 different toys/chews permanently suspended in the pen (Rawhide, Gumabone chew and a piece of plastic tubing)) were observed for a total of 432 h....