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  1. Goats Follow Human Pointing Gestures in an Object Choice Task

    Contributor(s):: Nawroth, C., Martin, Z. M., McElligott, A. G.

  2. Factors influencing the prevalence of stereotypical behaviour in captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus)

    Contributor(s):: Quirke, Thomas, O’Riordan, Ruth M., Zuur, Alain

    The purpose of the current study was to investigate the factors which influence the prevalence of stereotypical behaviour in captive cheetahs. An information theory approach highlighted that the most optimal model was the controllable husbandry factors model with the size of enclosures, group...

  3. Kyne–Donner Model of Authority’s Recommendation and Hurricane Evacuation Decisions: A Study of Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas

    Contributor(s):: Kyne, Dean, Donner, William

  4. Zoonotic diagrams: mastering and unsettling human-animal relations

    Contributor(s):: Lynteris, Christos

  5. Judging a dog by its cover: morphology but not training influences visitor behavior toward kenneled dogs at animal shelters

    Contributor(s):: Protopopova, A., Wynne, C. D. L.

    Currently, visitor behavior in companion animal shelters is not adequately explored. A sequence of experiments investigated how visitors interacted with kenneled dogs at an animal shelter and whether training dogs to not engage in undesirable behavior in their kennels would evoke more interest...

  6. Hounds and homesickness: the effects of an animal-assisted therapeutic intervention for first-year university students

    | Contributor(s):: Binfet, J. T., Passmore, H. A.

    Transitioning from high school to university can prove to be a for midable challenge for many first-year students, with many experiencing home sickness. Given that students who experience homesickness are more likely than their non-homesick cohorts to drop out of university, universities have a...

  7. Information management and animal welfare in crisis: The role of collaborative technologies and cooperative work in emergency response

    | Contributor(s):: White, Joanne Isobel

  8. The emotional lives of companion animals: attachment and subjective claims by owners of cats and dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Martens, P., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Walker, J. K.

    There is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the existence of emotions in nonhuman animals. Companion-animal owners show a strong connection and attachment to their animals and readily assign emotions to them. In this paper we present information on how the attachment level of...

  9. Responsible pet ownership: a multidisciplinary issuePosse responsavel: uma questao multidisciplinar

    | Contributor(s):: Andrade, F. T. M. de, Araujo, C. L. de, Paulo, O. L. de O. H., Rocha, J. R., Dias, F. G. G., Pereira, L. de F., Jorge, A. T., Honsho, C. dos S.

    This study was motivated by the increasing number of pet animals, followed by the lack of preparation and ignorance of many owners about responsibility assumed by acquiring an animal. Thus, through a questionnaire, it was aimed to trace the knowledge profile about responsible ownership of dogs...

  10. The Role and Impact of Animals with Pediatric Patients

    | Contributor(s):: Tielsch Goddard, Anna, Gilmer, Mary Jo

  11. A conditioned response overrides social attraction in common carp: a possibility for low stress sorting strongly schooling fish?

    | Contributor(s):: Mesquita, F. O., Borcato, F. L., Huntingford, F. A.

    In this study we investigated whether a conditioned response to a light cue can override the strong schooling tendency of common carp, with a view to identifying a possible system for low stress control of movement for captive fish. Carp were trained in groups of three to approach and bite a...

  12. An initial investigation into the effects of isolation and enrichment on the welfare of laboratory pigs housed in the PigTurn system, assessed using tear staining, behaviour, physiology and haematology

    | Contributor(s):: DeBoer, S. P., Garner, J. P., McCain, R. R., Lay, D. C., Jr., Eicher, S. D., Marchant-Forde, J. N.

    In some parts of the world, the laboratory pig ( Sus scrofa) is often housed in individual, sterile housing which may impose stress. Our objectives were to determine the effects of isolation and enrichment on pigs housed within the PigTurn - a novel penning system with automated blood sampling -...

  13. GPS technology as a proxy tool for determining relationships in social animals: an example with African elephants

    | Contributor(s):: Hacker, C. E., Horback, K. M., Miller, L. J.

    The potential application of GPS technology in determining relationships among social animals was addressed in this study of eight African elephants residing at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA, USA between 2009 and 2011. GPS coordinates were collected over nine 24 h periods from...

  14. The relevance of variations in group size and phenotypic appearance on the behaviour and movement patterns of young domestic fowl

    | Contributor(s):: Liste, G., Campderrich, I., Beltran Heredia, I. de, Estevez, I.

    Variations in the group size of laying hens might increase the risk of undesired behaviours with important consequences for the birds' health and welfare. However, larger groups housed at constant densities also translate into larger enclosures that may increase space efficiency, therefore...

  15. The effects of human age, group composition, and behavior on the likelihood of being injured by attacking pumas

    | Contributor(s):: Coss, R. G., Fitzhugh, L. E., Schmid-Holmes, S., Kenyon, M. W., Etling, K.

    Documentation from the years 1890 to 2000 of 185 instances of pumas (Puma concolor) attacking humans in the United States and Canada has provided statistical evidence that pumas are less likely to kill or injure humans in certain circumstances. We identified incidents of fatal attacks, severe...

  16. A survey of public attitudes towards barking dogs in New Zealand

    | Contributor(s):: Flint, E. L., Minot, E. O., Perry, P. E., Stafford, K. J.

    AIMS: To investigate public attitudes towards barking dogs in New Zealand in order to quantify the extent to which people perceive barking dogs to be a problem, to compare tolerance of barking with that of other common suburban noises, to assess the level of public understanding about the...

  17. Citizen science: a new direction in canine behavior research

    | Contributor(s):: Hecht, J., Rice, E. S.

    Researchers increasingly rely on members of the public to contribute to scientific projects-from collecting or identifying, to analyzing and disseminating data. The "citizen science" model proves useful to many thematically distinctive fields, like ornithology, astronomy, and phenology. The...

  18. Welfare assessments based on lifetime health and production data in Danish dairy cows

    | Contributor(s):: Houe, H., Sandoe, P., Thomsen, P. T.

    The objective of this study was to describe how information about the whole lifetime of the cow can be used when defining nonhuman animal-based criteria of the welfare of animals on the farm. Often measured over a short period, disease occurrence provides information relevant for assessing the...

  19. Operationalizing ethics in food choice decisions

    | Contributor(s):: Hepting, D. H., Jaffe, J., Maciag, T.

    There is a large gap between attitude and action when it comes to consumer purchases of ethical food. Amongst the various aspects of this gap, this paper focuses on the difficulty in knowing enough about the various dimensions of food production, distribution and consumption to make an ethical...

  20. Pre-feeding behaviour in UK leisure horses and associated feeding routine risk factors

    | Contributor(s):: Hockenhull, J., Creighton, E.

    Many horses display unwanted behaviour prior to receiving concentrate feed or forage. These behaviours have received relatively little scientific attention as a distinct group of equine behaviour problems and risk factors for their performance have not been quantified. The objective of this study...