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  1. Environmentalities of coexistence with wolves in the Cantabrian Mountains of Spain

    Contributor(s):: Marino, A., Blanco, J. C., Cortes-Vazquez, J. A., Lopez-Bao, J. V., Bosch, A. P., Durant, S. M.

    Coexistence between humans and large carnivores is mediated by diverse values and interactions. We focus on four sites in the Cantabrian Mountains of Spain with a history of continuous wolf presence to examine how perceptions of coexistence vary across contexts. We conducted semi-structured and...

  2. Local attitudes toward Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) conservation in the Russian Far East

    Contributor(s):: Mukhacheva, A. S., Bragina, E. V., Miquelle, D. G., Kretser, H. E., Derugina, V. V.

    Public support is a necessary component of large carnivore conservation. We analysed public opinion on Amur tigers, Panthera tigris altaica, in Russia's Far East, the northernmost stronghold of the world's rarest big cat. We surveyed 1035 people in 5 settlements at increasing distances to tiger...

  3. Jog with your dog: dog owner exercise routines predict dog exercise routines and perception of ideal body weight

    Contributor(s):: Banton, S., Massow, M. von, Pezzali, J. G., Verbrugghe, A., Shoveller, A. K.

    Canine obesity is becoming an increasingly prevalent concern among companion animal veterinarians and professionals alike. A number of sociodemographic, dietary, and exercise related variables have been shown to be predictive of a dog's bodyweight, however, all previous surveys designed to...

  4. Commentary: Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca J. Sargisson, Ian G. McLean

  5. Catpanion: A UI/UX iOS-based App Design to support cat adoptions

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    | Contributor(s):: Chenchen Ji

    Homeless and abandoned cats are becoming an issue in urban areas around the world: a majority of them may carry illnesses that may lead to infectious diseases. Once back in the wild, cats may also harm the ecological equilibrium of urban areas as they are known to be hunters of birds and...

  6. Effects of dogs' visits to a public exhibition

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    | Contributor(s):: Vanda Marnoto, Gonçalo G. Pereira, Sara Fragoso, Ana Faria, Sandra Soares, Florbela Elias, Rita Santos, Márcia Silva, Sónia Saraiva, Ana Santos, Leonor Galhardo

      Outdoor activities with dogs are known to be physically and mentally beneficial to them and their owners, but less is known about their circulation in public spaces. This study aimed to understand the effects of dog-owner dyad’s visits to an interactive exhibition on the...

  7. Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement

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    | Contributor(s):: Lucy China, Daniel S. Mills, Jonathan J. Cooper

    We assessed the efficacy of dog training with and without remote electronic collarscompared to training with positive reinforcement. A total of 63 dogs with knownoff-lead behavioral problems such as poor recall were allocated to one of three traininggroups (each n = 21), receiving up to...

  8. Estimation of Dog-bite Rates and Evaluation of Healthcare Seeking Behaviors following Dog Bite, Haiti

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    | Contributor(s):: Gabrielle Johnson, Gerardo Chowell

    Background: Haiti has been identified as one of only several countries in the Western Hemisphere in which canine rabies control efforts have succeeded in eliminating dog-mediated human rabies deaths. In 2016, a study was conducted to test several alternative vaccination methods that may...

  9. Effects of Multi-Day Music Enrichment on Salivary Cortisol and Cage Behavior in Shelter Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Stacy D. Engerbretson

    Rehoming shelters provide their animals with environmental enrichment with the expectation that modifying the physical space will improve kennel-related stress and subsequently abate undesirable behaviors. Although enrichment has shown moderate success at improving in-kennel behavior, increased...

  10. The Loss of a Service Dog Through Death or Retirement: Experiences and Impact on Partners

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    | Contributor(s):: Lori R. Kogan, Wendy Packman, Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, Cori Bussolari, Phyllis Erdman

    This study was designed to better understand how service dog partners experience the loss of their service dog. An anonymous survey was distributed to service dog partners who had lost a dog within the last five years. One-way ANOVAs were used to assess loss differences (retirement vs. death)...

  11. Urban Animals: GIS Analysis of Stray Canines and Felines in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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    | Contributor(s):: Courtney Brock

    While human influence and progress has shaped the cityscape of Albuquerque, New Mexico, many stray animals also consider this city to be their home. Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department holds a human responsibility over these urban animals and their habitat displacement, requiring them...

  12. Changes in Pulse Rate, Respiratory Rate and Rectal Temperature in Working Dogs before and after Three Different Field Trials

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    | Contributor(s):: Mirella Lopedote, Simona Valentini, Vincenzo Musella, Jose Manuel Vilar, Giuseppe Spinella

    Physiological changes (pulse rate, respiratory rate and rectal temperature) induced by exercise are usually studied as physical fitness indices. The aim of this study was to investigate how these physiological parameters could be modified in a group of trained working dogs during three...

  13. The Effects of the Human Voice on the Behavioral Indicators of Stress in Dogs Housed in an Animal Shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Juliana M. Hypes

    Animal shelters are very stressful environments for the animals housed there. Dogs that live in shelters have been observed exhibiting stress-related behavior such as barking, pacing, aggression and fear related behaviors such as cowering. Behaviors of this nature are off-putting to prospective...

  14. Alternative Equine Therapy Helping Autistic Children | Mugur Pop | TEDxCambridgeSchoolofBucharest

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    | Contributor(s):: Mugur Pop

    “Descopera Natura” aims at developing and supporting equestrian tourism as an ecotouristic alternative for the protected natural and communitarian protected areas in Romania. The activity covers areas such as Muntii Macinului, Muntii Apuseni, Muntii Rodnei and Muntii Calimani, as...

  15. FUNDoggy: Using gamification and social network services to create a mobile fundraising application for helping shelter dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Yu Ri Na

    The proliferation of new media is rapidly changing the world of philanthropy and more effective methods of raising funds and developing donor relationships must be sought. Furthermore, today’s trends indicate that the amount of giving by individuals has increased gradually, but the...

  16. A novel approach to welfare interventions in problem multi-cat households

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    | Contributor(s):: Kayleigh Hill, David Yates, Rachel Dean, Jenny Stavisky

    Background: Thousands of injured, stray and relinquished cats are received at the RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital each year. A significant and challenging proportion of these cats are confiscated from multicat households by RSPCA Inspectors, due to the owners’ inability to care...

  17. Using Training Techniques | Ryan Matthews | TEDxAlmansorPark

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    | Contributor(s):: Ryan Matthews

    From elite Army working dog handler to celebrity dog trainer to several near-death experiences, Ryan Matthews discovered that applying his dog training methodology, RTCR, helped him bridge the gap from extensive trauma to a joyous, fulfilling life. Ryan Matthews invites you into the mind of a...

  18. Cross-Sectional Age Differences in Canine Personality Traits; Influence of Breed, Sex, Previous Trauma, and Dog Obedience Tasks

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    | Contributor(s):: Lisa J. Wallis, Dóra Szabó, Eniko╦Ł Kubinyi

    The dog has been suggested as a possible model for personality development over the lifespan, however, we know little about how aging may shape their personality or the magnitude of age-related changes. Previously we established that aging influences multiple dog demographics, which could also...

  19. Design of a Canine Prosthesis for Front Limb Deformities

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    | Contributor(s):: Norma Bachman, Melanie Lasso, Oluwajomiloju Olaode, Elizabeth Walfield, Mushtaq Al Zuhairi

    The current canine prosthesis market is catered towards dogs with amputations. Due to the variations in limb deformities, there is yet to be a customizable solution. Instead, the production of prostheses for deformities occurs on a ‘case-by-case’ basis and the products are tailored...

  20. A bioeconomic model for the optimization of local canine rabies control

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    | Contributor(s):: Aaron Anderson, Johann Kotzé, Stephanie A. Shwiff, Brody Hatch, Chris Slootmaker, Anne Conan, Darryn Knobel, Louis H. Nel

    We present a new modeling tool that can be used to maximize the impact of canine rabies management resources that are available at the local level. The model is accessible through a web-based interface that allows for flexibility in the management strategies that can be investigated. Rabies...