Effects of Dog Assisted Therapy for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Trial
Contributor(s):: Wijker, C., Leontjevas, R., Spek, A., Enders-Slegers, M. J.
Human Perceptual and Phobic Biases for Snakes: A Review of the Experimental Evidence
Contributor(s):: Baynes-Rock, Marcus
In this paper I review the literature on the evolutionary origins of phobias and describe the current state of research on the neurobiology and developmental origins of ophidiophobia—fear of snakes. In doing so I compare experimental evidence related to evolutionary explanations for snake fears...
Social learning of feeding behaviour in pigs: Effects of neophobia and familiarity with the demonstrator conspecific
Contributor(s):: Figueroa, Jaime, Solà-Oriol, David, Manteca, Xavier, Pérez, José Francisco
Social interactions facilitate animals learning of new features of their environment minimizing a trial and error process. It has been observed in some species that food cues can be acquired by one individual (the observer) from an animal model (demonstrator) due to social learning. Three...
Experience with a variety of feed colours reduces feed neophobia in the turkey
Contributor(s):: Lecuelle, Stéphanie, Leterrier, Christine, Chagneau, Anne-Marie, Laviron, Florence, Lescoat, Philippe, Bastianelli, Denis, Bertin, Aline, Bouvarel, Isabelle
When exposed to a new feed, farm birds are commonly reluctant to eat this feed. This phenomenon, called feed neophobia, could be reduced by exposing young animals to a variety of novel feeds. We investigated whether previous experience with a variety of feed colours could reduce food neophobia in...
Effect of a short-term training on intake of Halocnemum strobilaceum forage by sheep
Contributor(s):: Sadeghi, Mohammad-Hadi, Sari, Mohsen, abadi, Tahereh Mohammad, Rezai, Morteza
Halocnemum strobilaceum (Chenopodiaceae) is a halophyte plant that can produce relatively high consumable biomass during drought and it is important for sustaining grazing animals when other plants are rare. Previous studies indicate that sheep may avoid the plant due to its novelty or neophobia....
Some like it varied: Individual differences in preference for feed variety in dairy heifers
Contributor(s):: Meagher, Rebecca K., Weary, Daniel M., von Keyserlingk, Marina A. G.
Motivation to explore is believed to be widespread among animals, but exploratory behaviour varies within populations. Offering variety in feed is one simple way of allowing intensively housed dairy cattle to express exploratory foraging behaviour. Individuals’ exploration of different feed...
Inconsistency in dairy calves’ responses to tests of fearfulness
Contributor(s):: Meagher, Rebecca K., von Keyserlingk, Marina A. G., Atkinson, Dax, Weary, Daniel M.
Fear is an important welfare problem for farm animals, including cattle. A variety of methods of assessing fear have been proposed, but the reliability and validity of these methods, and ways of improving these characteristics, have received little study. We conducted a series of experiments to...
Unpredictable and repeated negative stimuli increased emotional reactivity in male quail
Contributor(s):: Favreau-Peigné, Angélique, Calandreau, Ludovic, Constantin, Paul, Bertin, Aline, Arnould, Cécile, Laurence, Agathe, Richard-Yris, Marie-Annick, Houdelier, Cécilia, Lumineau, Sophie, Boissy, Alain, Leterrier, Christine
Chronic stress is considered detrimental for an individual as it is a long-lasting negative emotional state, without or with a limited habituation. The reactivity and sensitivity of animals to stressors depend on the animals organismic characteristics such as sex. In poultry, the studies dealing...
Acceptance of novel food by horses: The influence of food cues and nutrient composition
Contributor(s):: van den Berg, M., Giagos, V., Lee, C., Brown, W. Y., Hinch, G. N.
Compared to ruminants little is known about how horses modulate food intake and learn about flavour-to-post-ingestive consequences. While it has been suggested that due to hindgut fermentation horses foraging preferences may be largely influenced by sensory input (e.g. volatiles), it has been...
The Receding Animal: Theorizing Anxiety and Attachment in Psychoanalysis from Freud to Imre Hermann
Contributor(s):: Marinelli, L., Mayer, A.
Save a Dog's Life | Karyn Garvin | TEDxTucson
Contributor(s):: Karyn Garvin
Karyn Garvin’s talk, “Saving a Dogs’ Life” will appeal to dog enthusiasts from all walks of life. She brings a unique clarity to the distinction between Separation Anxiety in dogs and another condition referred to as Containment Phobia in dogs. The concern is that...
Thunderstorm phobia in dogs
Contributor(s):: Kari Wallentine
Canine thunderstorm phobia is a common, frustrating, and complex problem that, due to the often severe nature of the clinical signs, can lead to canine relinquishment to shelters. Although a potentially treatable disorder, existing treatment options have several limitations and variable success...
Yum, cake!: How reward sensitivity relates to automatic approach motivation for dessert food images
Contributor(s):: May, Christine N., Juergensen, James, Demaree, Heath A.
May 06 2015
Animal-Assisted Interventions: An Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits Seminar
Reduction of phobic behaviour for animals in a boy with mental retardation
Contributor(s):: Arntzen, Erik, Almås, Inger Karin
Presents a treatment programme to eliminate phobic behavior in an 11-yr-old mentally retarded boy when confronted with different animals, such as dogs, cats, cows, birds, horses, sheep, and rabbits. The intention was to determine the number of different types of dogs required to reach the desired...
Jan 21 2015
Animal-Assisted Therapy Interventions: An Incredible Range of Therapeutic Benefits Seminar
Equine assisted activities and therapies: A case study of an older adult
Contributor(s):: Wehofer, Lisa, Goodson, Nicole, Shurtleff, Tim L.
Pets as Therapy
Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983. It is a community based charity providing therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other establishments from volunteers with their pet dogs and cats.Since its beginning over...
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...
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...