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  1. Measuring dog-owner relationships: crossing boundaries between animal behaviour and human psychology

    Contributor(s):: Rehn, T., Keeling, L. J.

    Previous research suggests that dogs (Canis familiaris) form attachment bonds to their owners and that the strengths of the attachment can vary. However, it does not seem reasonable to believe that all dogs share the same attachment style, considering their differences in genetic background,...

  2. Piglets call for maternal attention: vocal behaviour in Sus scrofa domesticus is modulated by mother's proximity

    Contributor(s):: Iacobucci, P., Colonnello, V., D'Antuono, L., Cloutier, S., Newberry, R. C.

    Plasticity in the production of "separation distress" vocalizations, and seeking of caregivers beyond mere satisfaction of immediate physiological needs, are manifestations of attachment that we investigated in the domestic pig ( Sus scrofa domesticus). Female piglets from eight litters were...

  3. I like my dog, does my dog like me?

    Contributor(s):: Rehn, T., Lindholm, U., Keeling, L., Forkman, B.

    In this study, the possibility of there being an association between how an owner perceives his/her relationship to their dog and the way the dog experiences the relationship to its owner was investigated using two well-established methods within the anthrozoology literature. Twenty dog-owner...

  4. Intraspecific attachment in adult domestic dogs ( Canis familiaris): preliminary results

    Contributor(s):: Mariti, C., Carlone, B., Ricci, E., Sighieri, C., Gazzano, A.

    Canis familiaris is a highly social species. Among the social relationships between two individuals, a particular case is represented by attachment bonds. The aim of the current study was to assess whether the bond between adult cohabitant dogs may be regarded as attachment. Twenty-two couples of...

  5. Behavioural reactivity, social and cognitive abilities of Vietnamese and Pitman-Moore weaned piglets

    Contributor(s):: Val-Laillet, D., Tallet, C., Guerin, C., Meunier-Salaun, M. C.

  6. Separation distress in artificially-reared lambs depends on human presence and the number of conspecifics

    Contributor(s):: Rault, J. L., Boissy, A., Boivin, X.

    The way animals perceive partners, including humans, is yet relatively unknown. Research has shown that humans can provide social support or act as social substitute for domestic animals. Nonetheless, studies investigating the perception of humans by domestic animals in their social environment,...

  7. The behavior of the domestic dog ( Canis familiaris ) during separation from and reunion with the owner: a questionnaire and an experimental study

    Contributor(s):: Konok, V., Doka, A., Miklosi, A.

    We have constructed a questionnaire to investigate the separation behavior in a sample of family dogs (Canis familiaris) (N=45) and in parallel we have observed dogs' separation-related behavior in a simple behavioral test (Separation and greeting test, S&G). We recorded the dogs' behavior...

  8. The effect of time left alone at home on dog welfare

    Contributor(s):: Rehn, T., Keeling, L. J.

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of time left alone on dog behaviour and cardiac activity. Twelve privately owned dogs, with no history of separation related behaviour problems, were video-recorded on three different occasions when left alone in their home environment. The...

  9. Effects of sex, litter size and periconceptional ewe nutrition on the ewe-lamb bond

    Contributor(s):: Hernandez, C. E., Matthews, L. R., Oliver, M. H., Bloomfield, F. H., Harding, J. E.

    Undernutrition restricted to the time around conception in sheep alters endocrine and metabolic responses in the offspring. Studies in rats suggest that such an early insult can also alter the behaviour of the offspring. We studied the effects of mild maternal periconceptional undernutrition...

  10. The level of social contact affects social behaviour in pre-weaned dairy calves

    Contributor(s):: Duve, L. R., Jensen, M. B.

    The present study investigated the effects of the level of social contact in the home environment on the social preference, bonding and social behaviour of pre-weaned dairy calves. Twenty-seven pairs of calves were reared from birth until 6 weeks either individually (with limited social contact...

  11. Mother location by newborn lambs in repetitive testing: influence of first successful reunion

    Contributor(s):: Nowak, R.

    A hypothesis was studied that the mother-seeking behaviour of newborn lambs is strongly influenced by previous experience of successful reunion with the mother. In a first group, lambs were initially tested for their ability to seek ewes and to recognise their own dams in a 2-choice test at the...