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  1. A Systematic Review of the Reliability and Validity of Behavioural Tests Used to Assess Behavioural Characteristics Important in Working Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Karen Brady, Nina Cracknell, Helen Zulch, Daniel Simon Mills

    Background: Working dogs are selected based on predictions from tests that they will be able to perform specific tasks in often challenging environments. However, withdrawal from service in working dogs is still a big problem, bringing into question the reliability of the selection tests...

  2. A therapeutic recreation intervention using animal-assisted therapy: effects on the subjective well-being of older adults

    | Contributor(s):: Richeson, N. E., McCullough, W. T.

  3. An in-class, humane education program can improve young students' attitudes toward animals

    | Contributor(s):: Nicoll, K., Trifone, C., Samuels, W. E.

  4. Assessing animal welfare at the f arm level: do we care sufficiently about the individual?

    | Contributor(s):: Winckler, C.

  5. Assessing dairy cow welfare at the beginning and end of the indoor period using the Welfare Quality (R) protocol

    | Contributor(s):: de Graaf, S., Ampe, B., Tuyttens, F. A. M.

  6. Assessing the welfare level of intensive fattening pig farms in Germany with the Welfare Quality (R) protocol: does farm size matter?

    | Contributor(s):: Meyer-Hamme, S. E. K., Lambertz, C., Gauly, M.

  7. Can Dogs Prime Autistic Children for Therapy? Evidence from a Single Case Study

    | Contributor(s):: Silva, Karine, Correia, Rita, Lima, Mariely, Magalhães, Ana, de Sousa, Liliana

  8. Changes in the welfare of mink (Neovison vison) with date of assessment in the winter and growth periods have limited effects on the overall WelFur categorisation

    | Contributor(s):: Marsboll, A. F., Henriksen, B. I. F., Hansen, B. K., Moller, S. H.

  9. Companion animal attitude and its family pattern in Kuwait

    | Contributor(s):: Al-Fayez, G., Awadalla, A., Templer, D. I., Arikawa, H.

  10. Comparing two canine personality assessments: Convergence of the MCPQ-R and DPQ and consensus between dog owners and dog walkers

    | Contributor(s):: Posluns, Julie A., Anderson, Rita E., Walsh, Carolyn J.

    Despite the number of emerging questionnaire-based canine personality assessments, there is still no consensus on the content and number of broad personality dimensions in domestic dogs. In the current study, we compared two canine personality questionnaires: The Monash Canine Personality...

  11. Computer-assisted recording of live and videotaped horse behavior: reliability studies

    | Contributor(s):: McDonnell, S. M., Diehl, N. K.

    Reliability of microcomputer event-recorder and video recording techniques for study of equine behaviour was evaluated by Pearson correlation and percentage agreement procedures. Consistently high intra- and inter-observer correlations (most >0.85), as well as acceptable percentage agreement (60-100

  12. Design and test of a web-survey for collecting observer’s ratings on dairy goats’ behavioural data

    | Contributor(s):: Vieira, Ana, Oliveira, Mónica D., Nunes, Telmo, Stilwell, George

    A considerable amount of behavioural research studies are based on observer’s ratings collected during field visits. New methods for collecting this type of data have recently emerged, for instance using videos or photographs that are presented and assessed during workshops or meetings, or...

  13. Development of a list of terms in Brazilian Portuguese for the Qualitative Behaviour Assessment of broiler chickens

    | Contributor(s):: Souza, A. P. O., Wemelsfelder, F., Taconeli, C. A., Molento, C. F. M.

  14. Development of approach and handling tests for the assessment of reactivity to humans of sows housed in stall or in group

    | Contributor(s):: Clouard, Caroline, Meunier-Salaün, Marie-Christine, Devillers, Nicolas

    The aim of the present study was to develop reliable and easy-to-use tests for on-farm assessment of sow reactivity to human in different housing systems. A total of 123 gestating sows at different parities and stages of pregnancy were successively subjected to two tests according to their...

  15. Development of the behavioural assessment for re-homing K9's (B.A.R.K.) protocol

    | Contributor(s):: Mornement, Kate M., Coleman, Grahame J., Toukhsati, Samia, Bennett, Pauleen C.

    Globally, millions of dogs enter the welfare shelter system each year. Before being made available for adoption dogs are typically screened for their suitability as companions by way of a “temperament test” or behavioural assessment. In Australia, the majority of dogs that fail their behavioural...

  16. Do you see what i see? Can non-experts with minimal training reproduce expert ratings in behavioral assessments of working dogs?

    | Contributor(s):: Fratkin, J. L., Sinn, D. L., Thomas, S., Hilliard, S., Olson, Z., Gosling, S. D.

    Working-dog organizations often use behavioral ratings by experts to evaluate a dog's likelihood of success. However, these experts are frequently under severe time constraints. One way to alleviate the pressure on limited organizational resources would be to use non-experts to assess dog...

  17. Do you see what I see? Investigating the validity of an equine personality questionnaire

    | Contributor(s):: Jolivald, Aurélie, Yarnell, Kelly, Hall, Carol, Ijichi, Carrie

    Subjective equine personality questionnaires have the potential to predict a range of industry-relevant outcomes including fear reactivity, compliance with human cues, pain expression and susceptibility to stereotypies, in a time- and cost-efficient manner. However, to produce meaningful measures...

  18. Effects of animal-assisted therapy on agitated behaviors and social interactions of older adults with dementia: an evidence-based therapeutic recreation intervention

    | Contributor(s):: Richeson, N. E.

  19. Efficacy of meaningful activities in recreation therapy on passive behaviors of older adults with dementia

    | Contributor(s):: Conti, A., Voelkl, J. E., McGuire, F. A.

  20. Evaluating the Reliability of Non-Specialist Observers in the Behavioural Assessment of Semi-Captive Asian Elephant Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Jonathan L. Webb, Jennie A. H. Crawley, Martin W. Seltmann, Océane Liehrmann, Nicola Hemmings, U Kyaw Nyein, Htoo Htoo Aung, Win Htut, Virpi Lummaa, Mirkka Lahdenperä

    Recognising stress is an important component in maintaining the welfare of captive animal populations, and behavioural observation provides a rapid and non-invasive method to do this. Despite substantial testing in zoo elephants, there has been relatively little interest in the application of...