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  1. Aggressive behavior of dogs kept as companion animals: classification and influence of sex, reproductive status and breed

    Contributor(s):: Peter L. Borchelt

    Data were obtained from a total of 245 cases of aggressive-behavior problems in dogs kept as companion animals. Aggression involved barking, growling and biting behavior. For each case, a home visit of one to several hours yielded a description of the sequences of aggressive behavior and the...

  2. Animal-companion depictions in women's magazine advertising

    Contributor(s):: Patricia F. Kennedy, Mary G. McGarvey

    Via a content analysis of 1398 advertisements that include both people and pets and that appeared in women's magazines over a period of four decades, this study examines the changing roles played by companion animals and the changes in themes used in these advertisements. Considering both the...

  3. Can we live without a dog? Consumption life cycles in dog-owner relationships

    Contributor(s):: Tony Ellson

    This article uses an observational study of dog ownership to explicate understanding of consumer behavior in the marketing of pet and pet-related products. A close examination of the relationship between dog and dog owner reveals more than metaphorical parallels in consumer behavior. Dog...

  4. Ethnic variations in pet attachment among students at an American school of veterinary medicine

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    Contributor(s):: S. E. Brown

    This study explores ethnic variations in animal companion ("pet") attachment among 133 students enrolled in a school of veterinary medicine. The 57 White and 76 African American participants completed surveys that included background information, several questions about their animal companions,...

  5. Origins of fear of dogs in adults and children: The role of conditioning processes and prior familiarity with dogs

    Contributor(s):: Sharon Doogan, Glyn V. Thomas

    One hundred adults and 30 children completed questionnaires to investigate fear of dogs. Dog fearful adults asked to recall the origins of their fear reported classical conditioning experiences more frequently than vicarious acquisition or informational transmission. Overall, however, there was...

  6. Owner-companion dog interactions: relationships between demographic variables, potentially problematic behaviours, training engagement and shared activities

    | Contributor(s):: Pauleen Charmayne Bennett, Vanessa Ilse Rohlf

    Many companion dogs occupy a privileged position in our society, living closely with human caretakers who go to great lengths to provide for their needs and desires. Others fare less well, being abandoned or killed, many because they are believed to exhibit behaviour problems. The aim in this...

  7. Understanding dog-human companionship

    | Contributor(s):: Michael J. Dotson, Eva M. Hyatt

    This article reports a survey of 749 dog owners. The survey focuses on owners' interactions with their dogs. This research identifies seven underlying dimensions that comprise the construct of dog companionship. The dimensions include symbiotic relationship, dog-oriented self concept,...

  8. "Calm or Chaos" : assessing the human-animal bond and its relationship in our lives.

    | Contributor(s):: Joanna Keegan

    The aim of this study was to assess the human-animal bond and investigate the benefits animals have on our lives. The sample consisted of 135 pet owners, of which 45 were males and 90 were females. Quantitative analysis was used as the research method for this study. The findings indicated that...

  9. "Freedom from themselves" gendered mechanisms of control, power, and resistance in prison dog training programs

    | Contributor(s):: Andrea Button

    During the past twenty-five years, the number of prison programs in which inmates train dogs has increased rapidly. A lack of systematic studies to address the effects of these programs on staff and inmates has led to limited, anecdotal accounts of the impact of these programs on correctional...

  10. "Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog" Revisited: Searching for Genes Relating to Personality in Dogs.

    | Contributor(s):: Enikõ Kubinyi, Mária Sasvári-Székely, Adám Miklósi

  11. "Hevonen ei ole minulle urheiluväline, se on arjen terapeutti" : Materiaalipaketti Pihlavan Tallille

    | Contributor(s):: Mira Kostamo

    Toiminnallinen opinnäytetyö on toteutettu Pihlavan Tallille. Pihlavan Talli on Suomen Ratsastajainliiton hyväksymä ja valvoma ratsastustalli Kiihtelysvaarassa, Joensuussa. Ratsastustuntien ja – leirien lisäksi talli toteuttaa kuntouttavaa hevostoimintaa eli...

  12. "I can haz emoshuns?": understanding anthropomorphosis of cats among internet users

    | Contributor(s):: Derek Foster, Conor Linehan, Shaun Lawson, Daniel Mills, Sarah Ellis, Helen Zulch

    The attribution of human-like traits to non-human animals, termed anthropomorphism, can lead to misunderstandings of animal behaviour, which can result in risks to both human and animal wellbeing and welfare. In this paper, we, during an inter-disciplinary collaboration between social computing...

  13. "My Baby is a Dog": Exploration of Pet Parent Identity

    | Contributor(s):: Lacey Y. Boston, Barbara Keating (adviser)

    This quantitative research examined dog owners (n = 100) regarding their relationship with their pets. After beginning to treat her own dog as a child she questioned what happens when a human child enters a family and what impact that has on the pet owners' identity. The researcher...

  14. "Nobody Wants to Eat Them Alive:" Ethical Dilemmas and Dual Media Narratives on Domestic Rabbits as Pets and Commodity

    | Contributor(s):: Gayane F. Torosyan, Brian Lowe

    Using semiotic analysis, this study explores changes occurring in the societal perception of rabbits as farm animals as juxtaposed to their increasing popularity as domestic companions. This study is based on a preliminary hypothesis that rabbits are increasingly perceived and portrayed in media...

  15. "Patients' interests first, but … "–Austrian Veterinarians' Attitudes to Moral Challenges in Modern Small Animal Practice

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    | Contributor(s):: Svenja Springer, Peter Sandøe, Thomas Bøker Lund, Herwig Grimm

    Small veterinary practice is experiencing steady improvement in diagnostics and therapies which enable veterinarians to offer evermore advanced medical care for their patients. This focus group study of veterinarians (n = 32) examined the impact of these improvements and the potential...

  16. "She's Me": An Exploration of Pet Ownership from the Perspective of People Who Are Homeless

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    | Contributor(s):: Lana Parker, Leonie Boland, Alison Warren

    For many people who experience homelessness, having a pet is an important part of their lives. Although the benefit and meaning of pet ownership has been well recognized in the literature, few studies have explored its meaning from the perspectives of individuals who are homeless. This...

  17. "We Always Hurt the Things We Love"—Unnoticed Abuse of Companion Animals

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    | Contributor(s):: Bernard E. Rollin

    Despite the fact that companion animals enjoy the status of “members of the family” in contemporary society, there are numerous diseases affecting the longevity of these animals and their quality of life. Some of the most pervasive and damaging problems accrue to pedigreed animals...

  18. 'I want to bring him from the aeroplane to here': The meaning of animals to children of refugee or migrant backgrounds resettled in Australia

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    | Contributor(s):: Damien W. Riggs, Clemence Due, Nik Taylor

    Separation from animals with whom children have caring relationships can lead to considerable loss and grief, perhaps especially in the case of migration. This article reports on a thematic analysis of interviews undertaken with children of migrant or refugee backgrounds who had resettled in...

  19. 4 Paws 4 Patriots

    A non-profit organization established to provide service dogs and training to disabled veterans at no cost to the veteran. By partnering with animal shelters, rescues, volunteers and contract trainers the staff at 4 Paws 4 Patriots is able to provide these life changing services while making the...

  20. 4 Paws for Ability

    Providing Service Dogs to Children Worldwide4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children, and assistance to their families. And 4 Paws also works with veterans...