Extraction of Antioxidants from Animal Blood and its Potential Application as a Pet Food Preservative
| Contributor(s):: Chengyi Tu
Nowadays, more and more people are having pets as members of their family. To the year of 2012, there are 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats owned in the U.S according to the report of the Humane Society of the U.S. The pet food industry as a result has been prosperous, with an estimated...
It's Not Just A Dog: The Role of Companion Animals in the Family's Emotional System
| Contributor(s):: Cassandra Leow
Past studies have looked into the role of companion animals in families. This study intended to explore the role of companion animals in the family’s emotional system through the lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Data from a study on companion animal loss and grief were used. A...
Therapy Dogs in the College Classroom: The Effect of Dogs on Stress, Anxiety, and Spanish L2 Phonological Learning and Performance
| Contributor(s):: Elaine Maralee Henry
Anxiety and stress invoked by the second language classroom setting has the ability to cause numerous detrimental physiological changes which impair the learning process. A more natural, “immersion” type atmosphere is often desired when teaching a second language; however, this is...
Domestic Cat Ethology: Evaluating Social Media for Data Collection
| Contributor(s):: Patricia Casey
This study looked at whether user-submitted videos of cats could be used to increase understanding of their behavior. The findings suggest that the behaviors observed were consistent with prior research, and contain typical cat behavior. Depending on the research question, user-submitted videos...
Importance of Vaccinating for Canine Parvovirus: Best Practices for Prevention
| Contributor(s):: Ariel Gorham
This University Honors Thesis combines my cutting edge research on canine parvovirus and how to refine professional practice for optimal prevention. Canine parvovirus is a highly transmissible virus that infects the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and spreads through secretions of infected...
Does Clicker Training Lead to Faster Acquisition of Behavior for Dog Owners?
| Contributor(s):: Brian J. Burton
Clicker training is a method of dog training that has increased in popularity over the past 20 years (Feng et al., 2017). However, while there has been an increased use of clicker training, studies examining the claims that clicker training leads to faster acquisition of new behavior (Skinner,...
The Influence of Pointing Accuracy in an Object-Choice Task with Domestic Horses (Equus caballus)
| Contributor(s):: Elizabeth A. Krisch
This study evaluated the influence of pointing accuracy and experimenter identity on domestic horse (Equus caballus) behavior in an object-choice task. Results suggest that after receiving inaccurate pointing cues, horses adapt their responses based on their familiarity with an experimenter,...
Training a New Trick Using No-Reward Markers: Effects on Dogs' Performance and Stress Behaviors
| Contributor(s):: Naomi Rotenberg
This study explored using no-reward markers (NRMs). Dogs were taught a novel trick. In the IG group dogs’ errors were ignored; in the NRM group they elicited a tone. Performance and stress were evaluated. IG dogs reached higher levels of performance, with no difference in the frequency of...
The Impact of a Canine Assisted Reading Program on a Reluctant Reader's Literacy Learning
| Contributor(s):: Samantha Fitch
This capstone explores the opportunity to provide an alternate reading intervention program to reluctant readers in the comfort of their own home. Canine-assisted reading programs have been implemented in school districts around the country; providing students with a reading partner that will...
Intra-rater and Inter-rater Reliability of the ASPCA's Behavior Evaluation of Fearful Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Sara Matters
Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of the ASPCA Behavioral Evaluation of fearful dogs was measured. Raters watched recordings of 12 dogs and rated their behaviors. Ratings were analyzed for reliability within and between all raters. Results indicated that frequency of use of the evaluation...
Bonds Beyond Time: Are There Differences In Well-Being, Autonomy, And Bond Between Visually Impaired Individuals With Guide Dogs Versus Pet Dogs?
| Contributor(s):: Nicole Yarmolkevich
Well-being is a broad umbrella term that encompasses an individual’s appraisal of situations and events and their satisfaction with life (Diener, 1994). Research has shown that having a severe disability can negatively impact a person’s sense of well-being. Specifically, research...
Reward Preferences in Domestic Horses (Equus caballus)
| Contributor(s):: Elizabeth E. Jaeger
The present study examined stress response in domestic horses (Equus caballus) to determine if horses show preference for either traditional or natural horsemanship training methods to test the hypothesis that natural horsemanship would induce less stress. Our results show that natural...
Displays of Jealousy in Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Cassandra D. Beck
Wolves (Canis Lupis) were domesticated into the common dog (Canis Familiaris) at least 15 thousand years ago. The domestication process changed wolves both physically and neurologically. Dogs now have a unique connection with humans, and display many of the same personality traits and cognitive...
The Dogs of Dickens: the Canine Presence in the Author's Works
| Contributor(s):: Christopher Koestner
Contagious Yawning in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)
| Contributor(s):: Ariel M. Lombardo Aghishian
This study investigates contagious yawning in domestic cats towards their owners, looking at potential links with empathy. Results showed no significant difference in yawning between conditions. The solitary nature of wildcats and their shared ancestor, and the unique social behavior in...
Public Perceptions: Risks in Dog and Coastal Wildlife Interactions
| Contributor(s):: Ian Banatoski, Bryanna Dellaripa, Samantha Hires, Larissa Naidoo, Elizabeth Rooney
The New Zealand Department of Conservation is seeking to better manage coastal wildlife interactions as dogs become more prevalent on beaches with vulnerable wildlife. We used site assessments, surveys, and interviews to assess the public’s perceptions of dog-wildlife encounters. Since...
Canine for Disabled Kids Awareness Campaign Research and Implementation Plan
| Contributor(s):: Jiamin Gu, Kendall Harcourt, Chang Liu, Kiamu Liu, Jemmie Tejada
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service animals are: “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities” ( ADA, 2015). On the other hand, emotional support animals are: “dogs that provide comfort and support in...
The Use of Trazodone Hydrochloride to Reduce Stress in Dogs During the Transition Period into a Municipal Animal Shelter: Impact on Incidence of Illness, Length of Stay, and Outcome
| Contributor(s):: Jennifer L. Abrams
A large municipal animal shelter in NYC gave dogs low doses of trazodone hydrochloride at the time of intake to evaluate its efficacy in reducing transitional stress. Statistically significant decreases in illness rate and length of stay and increase in adoption rate were observed in the dogs...
The Effect of Play Group on the Behavior of Shelter Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Stephanie Flower
This study looked at two groups of dogs, one which attended play group prior to receiving their behavior evaluation and one that did not. The group that attended play group showed significantly lower scores when looking at the dog to dog portion of the behavior evaluation.
The Effects of Reward-Based Training on the Behavioral Assessment of the Domestic Dog
| Contributor(s):: Shelby Vandergraff
Contrary to popular belief, pet overpopulation is caused more by owners failing to keep their dog than with accidental or intentional breeding (Moulton et al., 1991). Factors related to relinquishment have been researched, and concluded that behavioral problems are the most reoccurring reasons...