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...
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...
Animal-dependent veterinary staff: Too much of a good thing
| Contributor(s):: Myrna Milani
Ideally, everyone working in a veterinary practice chooses to do so following an educational process and personal experiences that imbued them with a strong desire to work with animals and people, as well as a strong interest in medical science and technology. However, sometimes the...
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...
Ethnic variations in pet attachment among students at an American school of veterinary medicine
| 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,...
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...
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...
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,...
" I'm told I'm famous on the internet" - Henri the cat and the critical possibility of anthropomorphism
| Contributor(s):: Myers, C. R.
"Bark parks" - a study on interdog aggression in a limited-control environment
| Contributor(s):: Shyan, M. R., Fortune, K. A., King, C.
As limited-control dog parks become more popular, concerns arise about whether these parks encourage interdog aggression. Systematic observations made at 1 park in Indianapolis, USA over 72 h (between 1600 and 1830 h, 3-5 times a week) across 8 months (between March and November 2001) found that...
"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...
"Don't bring me a dog...I'll just keep it": understanding unplanned dog acquisitions amongst a sample of dog owners attending canine health and welfare community events in the United Kingdom
| Contributor(s):: Holland, K. E., Mead, R., Casey, R. A., Upjohn, M. M., Christley, R. M.
"Flexible Personhood": Loving Animals as Family Members in Israel
| Contributor(s):: Shir-Vertesh, Dafna
"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...
"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
"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...
"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...
"I didn't feel right about animal dissection": dissection objectors share their science class experiences
| Contributor(s):: Oakley, J.
"Man's best friend:" How the presence of a dog reduces mental distress after social exclusion
| Contributor(s):: Nilüfer Aydin, Krueger, Joachim I., Fischer, Julia, Hahn, Dana, Andreas Kastenmüller, Frey, Dieter, Fischer, Peter
A substantial amount of research shows that social exclusion is a threat to mental health. In the research reported here, we tested the hypothesis that the presence of a companion animal can serve as a buffer against these adverse effects. In a controlled laboratory experiment, we found that only...
"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...