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Animal-assisted therapy for patients in a minimally conscious state: A randomized two treatment multi-period crossover trial
Contributor(s):: Hediger, K., Petignat, M., Marti, R., Hund-Georgiadis, M.
Do dogs rescue their owners from a stressful situation? A behavioral and physiological assessment
Contributor(s):: Carballo, F., Dzik, V., Freidin, E., Damian, J. P., Casanave, E. B., Bentosela, M.
The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy on the State of Patients' Health After a Stroke: A Pilot Study
Contributor(s):: Machova, K., Prochazkova, R., Riha, M., Svobodova, I.
Observing Live Fish Improves Perceptions of Mood, Relaxation and Anxiety, But Does Not Consistently Alter Heart Rate or Heart Rate Variability
Contributor(s):: Gee, N. R., Reed, T., Whiting, A., Friedmann, E., Snellgrove, D., Sloman, K. A.
Indicators of stress in equitation
Contributor(s):: König v. Borstel, U., Visser, E. K., Hall, C.
Stress is a generic concept describing the body’s reaction to external stimuli, including both physiological and psychological factors. Therefore, by definition, the assessment of psychological stress in the exercising horse encompasses the problem of teasing apart the psychological and...
The relationship between heart rate variability and canine aggression
Contributor(s):: Craig, Lydia, Meyers-Manor, Julia E., Anders, Kate, Sütterlin, Stefan, Miller, Holly
Dog aggression affects many, with nearly 5 million dog bites reported yearly in the United States alone. Dog bites inflict considerable physical, emotional, and monetary costs annually (American Humane Association, 2014). One physiological measure that might serve as an index of aggression in...
Effects of simulated sea motion on stepping behaviour in sheep
Contributor(s):: Navarro, Grisel, Santurtun, Eduardo, Phillips, Clive J. C.
Animals respond to a moving floor during transport by stepping in different directions to maintain their balance, but little is known about the importance of different types of movement. Four sheep were restrained in a crate on a platform that could be programmed to provide the various movements...
Validity and reliability of cardiac measures during behavioural tests in pet dogs at home
Contributor(s):: Lensen, Rian C. M. M., Betremieux, Cécile, Bavegems, Valérie, Sys, Stanislas U., Moons, Christel P. H., Diederich, Claire
Behavioural tests are often used to describe dogs’ responses to a variety of stimuli. However, the expressed behaviours do not always give an accurate indication of the dogs’ mental state. Cardiac measures can be recorded in parallel to the behavioural test to provide additional information about...
Comparative well-being of horses kept under total or partial confinement prior to employment for mounted patrols
Contributor(s):: Pessoa, Gabriela O., Trigo, Pablo, Mesquita Neto, Francisco D., Lacreta Junior, Antônio C. C., Sousa, Ticiana M., Muniz, Joel A., Moura, Raquel S.
Horses kept in stables may exhibit undesirable behaviours and stress during police service. The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of confinement, i.e., time in stalls, on horse behaviour and welfare employed by mounted patrols in urban areas. Eight adult horses were subjected...
A two-stage method to approach weaning stress in horses using a physical barrier to prevent nursing
Contributor(s):: Merkies, Katrina, DuBois, Cordelie, Marshall, Kaitlyn, Parois, Severine, Graham, Laura, Haley, Derek
Many domestic horses are weaned through abrupt physical separation of the foal and mare. Deviations from normal behaviours testify that this abrupt method has an adverse effect on the well-being of both mares and foals. To reduce negative changes in behaviour and physiology induced by weaning, a...
Effects of the method of restraint for shearing on behaviour and heart rate variability in alpacas
Contributor(s):: Waiblinger, Susanne, Hajek, Franziska, Lambacher, Bianca, Wittek, Thomas
Alpacas are increasingly kept in Europe for different purposes including fibre production. Yearly shearing is necessary to harvest fibre and for welfare reasons. Different methods of restraint are used during shearing, which may affect the welfare of the animals differently. The aim of the study...
Responses of dams versus non-nursing cows to machine milking in terms of milk performance, behaviour and heart rate with and without additional acoustic, olfactory or manual stimulation
Contributor(s):: Zipp, Katharina A., Barth, Kerstin, Rommelfanger, Eike, Knierim, Ute
There is increasing interest in dam rearing where dairy cows are milked and nurse their calves additionally. One shortcoming in dam rearing is the impaired alveolar milk ejection, which lowers the milk yield obtainable by machine milking. In this study dams and non-nursing dairy cows were...
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...
Cage size affects comfort, safety and the experienced security of working dogs in cars
Contributor(s):: Skånberg, Lena, Gauffin, Oskar, Norling, Yezica, Lindsjö, Johan, Keeling, Linda J.
Working dogs often spend a large amount of their time in cars. It has been hypothesized that a larger compartment in the car would be more comfortable for the dog, but that a smaller space could be safer, especially while driving. This presents a potential conflict. In this study, working dogs of...
Behavioural and physiological responses of therapy horses to mentally traumatized humans
Contributor(s):: Merkies, Katrina, McKechnie, Marnie J., Zakrajsek, Emily
The benefits to humans of equine-assisted therapy (EAT) have been well-researched, however few studies have analyzed the effects on the horse. Understanding how differing mental states of humans affect the behaviour and response of the horse can assist in providing optimal outcomes for both horse...
Stranger danger? An investigation into the influence of human-horse bond on stress and behaviour
Contributor(s):: Ijichi, Carrie, Griffin, Kym, Squibb, Keith, Favier, Rebecca
Human-animal bond is receiving increasing attention and is thought to confer benefits on well-being and performance in working animals. One important benefit of bonding is the "safe base" an attachment figure provides, which manifests in better coping and increased exploration during potential...
Evaluation of visible eye white and maximum eye temperature as non-invasive indicators of stress in dairy cows
Contributor(s):: Gómez, Y., Bieler, R., Hankele, A. K., Zähner, M., Savary, P., Hillmann, E.
The aim of this study was to investigate if visible eye white and eye temperature measurements are feasible non-invasive physiological indicators of acute stress in cows when they are exposed to cattle crush treatment for claw trimming. In the experimental setting, 30 cows of two breeds (Red...
Evaluation of different habituation protocols for training dairy jennies to the milking parlor: Effect on milk yield, behavior, heart rate and salivary cortisol
Contributor(s):: De Palo, Pasquale, Maggiolino, Aristide, Albenzio, Marzia, Caroprese, Mariangela, Centoducati, Pasquale, Tateo, Alessandra
The aim of the trial was to apply different habituation protocols for machine milking to never machine-milked donkeys observing the effect on behavior, heart rate, salivary cortisol concentration and milk yield. Sixty lactating dairy donkeys were studied; the animals were divided into three...
Effects of Short-Term Human-Horse Interactions on Human Heart Rate Variability: A Multiple Single Case Study
| Contributor(s):: Saan Ecker, Amy Lykins
Influences from human-horse interactions form the basis of the emerging field of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP). However, the psychophysiological effects of horses on humans in the EAP context have been underinvestigated. This multiple single case design study examined the effects of...