Young people empathising with other animals: reflections on an Australian RSPCA Humane Education Program
| Contributor(s):: Heather Fraser, Nik Taylor, Tania Signal
INTRODUCTION: Empathy is associated with engagement, compassion, social support and emotional sensitivity, and it is a hallmark of good social work practice. Empathy rightfully receives much attention in social work practice, however, interspecies empathy has yet to be included. This...
Commentary: Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement
| Contributor(s):: Rebecca J. Sargisson, Ian G. McLean
Catpanion: A UI/UX iOS-based App Design to support cat adoptions
| 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...
Effects of dogs' visits to a public exhibition
| 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...
Efficacy of Dog Training With and Without Remote Electronic Collars vs. a Focus on Positive Reinforcement
| 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...
Estimation of Dog-bite Rates and Evaluation of Healthcare Seeking Behaviors following Dog Bite, Haiti
| 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...
Effects of Multi-Day Music Enrichment on Salivary Cortisol and Cage Behavior in Shelter Dogs
| 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...
Urban Animals: GIS Analysis of Stray Canines and Felines in Albuquerque, New Mexico
| 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...
The Effects of the Human Voice on the Behavioral Indicators of Stress in Dogs Housed in an Animal Shelter
| 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...
FUNDoggy: Using gamification and social network services to create a mobile fundraising application for helping shelter dogs
| 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...
A novel approach to welfare interventions in problem multi-cat households
| 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...
Individuals with Psychopathic Traits and Poor Attitudes towards Animals Can Recognise Infant Features But Give Them Reduced Attentional Priority
| Contributor(s):: Grace A. Carroll, Leah R. Cohen, Aideen McParland, Sam Jack, V. Tamara Montrose
Infant features are physical traits that are characteristic of human infants and include facial features such as large and low-lying eyes, and a small nose and mouth. Animals possessing high levels of infant features elicit care-giving responses in humans. Despite this, animal cruelty is a...
Using Training Techniques | Ryan Matthews | TEDxAlmansorPark
| 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...
Cross-Sectional Age Differences in Canine Personality Traits; Influence of Breed, Sex, Previous Trauma, and Dog Obedience Tasks
| Contributor(s):: Lisa J. Wallis, Dóra Szabó, Eniko˝ 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...
Design of a Canine Prosthesis for Front Limb Deformities
| 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...
A bioeconomic model for the optimization of local canine rabies control
| 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...
An International Survey of Animals in Schools: Exploring What Sorts of Schools Involve What Sorts of Animals, and Educators' Rationales for These Practices
| Contributor(s):: Helen Lewis, Russell Grigg, Cathryn Knight
Over recent decades, the use of animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in educational settings has attracted growing international interest both among educators and the research community. However, there has been little comparative analysis of the demographics of participants and the rationale...
Preference Ranking Procedure: Method Validation with Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Han Li, Rachel Wyant, Greg Aldrich, Kadri Koppel
The growth of the number of pet products and the pet food industry is continuous. This is partially driven by palatability and perceptions of preference. A preference ranking procedure for dogs has been proposed in order to suggest a more efficient method to study the palatability of food...
Pets for Heroes
Pets for heroes is a non-profit organization based out of Columbus, Ohio. Our mission is to rescue animals and train them to fit the needs of our local Veterans and First Responders. Every day Veterans and First Responders put their lives at risk protecting and recusing others. We want to come...
Therapy Dogs and Recovery from Addiction | Colleen Anne Dell | TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan
| Contributor(s):: Colleen Anne Dell
What if we included domesticated animals, and in particular dogs, into the recovery plans of people struggling with addictions? Colleen Anne Dell is a Professor & Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Sociology and...