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  1. Plasma Concentration of Advanced Glycation End-Products From Wild Canids and Domestic Dogs Does Not Change With Age or Across Body Masses

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    | Contributor(s):: Ana Gabriela Jimenez

    Dogs provide a physiological paradox: In domestic dogs, small breeds live longer lives than large breed dogs. Comparatively, a wild canid can be a similar size than many large breed dogs and outlive their domestic cousin. We have previously shown that oxidative stress patterns between domestic...

  2. Golden Healer Service Dogs

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    We positively impact and enhance the lives of people all over the world who suffer from mental illness and physical disabilities.

  3. Characterizing Human–Dog Attachment Relationships in Foster and Shelter Environments as a Potential Mechanism for Achieving Mutual Wellbeing and Success

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Thielke, Monique A.R. Udell

    This study aimed to characterize attachment relationships between humans and dogs living in animal shelters or foster homes, and to contextualize these relationships in the broader canine attachment literature. In this study, 21 pairs of foster dogs and foster volunteers and 31 pairs of shelter...

  4. Did Eating Human Poop Play a Role in the Evolution of Dogs?

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    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

  5. Prostatic Neoplasia in the Intact and Castrated Dog: How Dangerous is Castration?

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    | Contributor(s):: Magdalena Schrank, Stefano Romagnoli

    Elective gonadectomy in the dog is a topic of interest for clinicians, pet-owners, and society. Although canine prostatic neoplasia (CPN) has a low incidence (0.35%), reports of an increased risk for castrated dogs attract attention and cause concern in pet-owners. Our aim is to provide...

  6. Importance of Vaccinating for Canine Parvovirus: Best Practices for Prevention

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    | Contributor(s):: Ariel Gorham

    This University Honors Thesis combines my cutting edge research on canine parvovirus and how to refine professional practice for optimal prevention. Canine parvovirus is a highly transmissible virus that infects the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and spreads through secretions of infected...

  7. Loving Angel Service Dogs

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    We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located in St. George, Utah dedicated to enhancing peoples’ lives by placing service dogs with children and adults who have disabilities - including veterans of the United States military.

  8. Does Clicker Training Lead to Faster Acquisition of Behavior for Dog Owners?

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    | Contributor(s):: Brian J. Burton

    Clicker training is a method of dog training that has increased in popularity over the past 20 years (Feng et al., 2017). However, while there has been an increased use of clicker training, studies examining the claims that clicker training leads to faster acquisition of new behavior (Skinner,...

  9. A Multi-Site Feasibility Assessment of Implementing a Best-Practices Meet-And-Greet Intervention in Animal Shelters in the United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Protopopova, Kelsea M. Brown, Nathaniel J. Hall

    Animal shelters must incorporate empirically validated programs to increase life-saving measures; however, altering existing protocols is often a challenge. The current study assessed the feasibility of nine animal shelters within the United States to replicate a validated procedure for...

  10. Determining the Relationship Between Mean Paraspinal Muscle Area Ratios and Percent Inter-Vertebral Foraminal Area Change in Flexion Versus Extension Positions of Military Working Dogs Using Computed Tomography

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    | Contributor(s):: Krystina Lynn Rowland

    Core (paraspinal) muscle strengthening exercises are increasingly applied as methods for management of lower back pain in military working dogs. However, more evidence-based studies are needed to justify these methods. A previous publication correlated increased flexion/extension changes in...

  11. Internet Survey of Participant Demographics and Risk Factors for Injury in Flyball Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Christina Montalbano, Lauri-Jo Gamble, Katherine Walden, Jennifer Rouse, Sabine Mann, Danny Sack, Lauren G. Wakshlag, Justin W. Shmalberg, Joseph J. Wakshlag

    Background: Injury risk in canine sprinting sports, such as greyhound racing and agility, have been previously documented through various surveys. Flyball, another sprinting canine sport with similar athletic requirements to agility, has yet to be assessed for factors associated with...

  12. Musical Dogs: A Review of the Influence of Auditory Enrichment on Canine Health and Behavior

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    | Contributor(s):: Abigail M. Lindig, Paul D. McGreevy, Angela J. Crean

    Music therapy yields many positive health outcomes in humans, but the effects of music on the health and welfare of nonhuman animals vary greatly with the type of music played, the ethology of the species, and the personality and learning history of individual animals. One context in which...

  13. Training a New Trick Using No-Reward Markers: Effects on Dogs' Performance and Stress Behaviors

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    | Contributor(s):: Naomi Rotenberg

    This study explored using no-reward markers (NRMs). Dogs were taught a novel trick. In the IG group dogs’ errors were ignored; in the NRM group they elicited a tone. Performance and stress were evaluated. IG dogs reached higher levels of performance, with no difference in the frequency of...

  14. The Impact of a Canine Assisted Reading Program on a Reluctant Reader's Literacy Learning

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    | Contributor(s):: Samantha Fitch

    This capstone explores the opportunity to provide an alternate reading intervention program to reluctant readers in the comfort of their own home. Canine-assisted reading programs have been implemented in school districts around the country; providing students with a reading partner that will...

  15. Computed Tomographic Measures of Funnel-Shaped Lumbar Vertebral Canal and Articular Process Dysplasia Malformations Differ Between German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois Military Working Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Constance J. Dragicevich, Jeryl C. Jones, William Bridges, Heather Dunn

    Researchers who study the selection and breeding program criteria for military working dogs aim to help maximize the years of active duty service. Computed tomographic (CT) quantitative phenotyping has been previously described as a method for supporting these research studies. Funnel-shaped...

  16. Intra-rater and Inter-rater Reliability of the ASPCA's Behavior Evaluation of Fearful Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Sara Matters

    Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of the ASPCA Behavioral Evaluation of fearful dogs was measured. Raters watched recordings of 12 dogs and rated their behaviors. Ratings were analyzed for reliability within and between all raters. Results indicated that frequency of use of the evaluation...

  17. Picture Perfect Pups: How Do Attributes of Photographs of Dogs in Online Rescue Profiles Affect Adoption Speed?

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    | Contributor(s):: Mizuho Nakamura, Navneet Dhand, Bethany J. Wilson, Melissa J. Starling, Paul D. McGreevy

    To increase the public’s awareness of and exposure to animals needing homes, PetRescue, Australia’s largest online directory of animals in need of adoption, lists all currently available animals from rescue and welfare shelters nationwide. The current study examined the photographs...

  18. Bonds Beyond Time: Are There Differences In Well-Being, Autonomy, And Bond Between Visually Impaired Individuals With Guide Dogs Versus Pet Dogs?

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicole Yarmolkevich

    Well-being is a broad umbrella term that encompasses an individual’s appraisal of situations and events and their satisfaction with life (Diener, 1994). Research has shown that having a severe disability can negatively impact a person’s sense of well-being. Specifically, research...

  19. Intra-articular Injections With Either Triamcinolone Hexacetonide, Stanozolol, Hylan G-F 20, or a Platelet Concentrate Improve Clinical Signs in Police Working Dogs With Bilateral Hip Osteoarthritis

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    | Contributor(s):: João C. Alves, Ana Santos, Patrícia Jorge, Catarina Lavrador, L. Miguel Carreira

    Objectives: To compare the effect of intra-articular treatment with triamcinolone hexacetonide (TH), stanozolol, hyaluronan, and a platelet concentrate in police working dogs with bilateral hip osteoarthritis (OA). Study Design: Prospective, longitudinal, double-blinded, negative controlled...

  20. The View of the French Dog Breeders in Relation to Female Reproduction, Maternal Care and Stress during the Peripartum Period

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    | Contributor(s):: Natalia R. dos Santos, Alexandra Beck, Alain Fontbonne

    In France, as in many other western countries, dogs are an important part of the society as pets or working animals. The exact demand for puppies in France is unknown, as is the proportion of dogs coming from different breeding sources. Nevertheless, the origin of puppies is important since...