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  1. International Society for Animal Assisted Therapy

    The International Society for Animal Assisted Therapy, ISAAT, is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to quality assurance in the practice of animal assisted interventions.ISAAT accredits curricula for continuing education for persons working in the field of animal assisted therapy,...

  2. Working memory and inhibition in 7.5-week-old Seeing Eye Dog puppies

    Contributor(s):: Foraita, Maike, Howell, Tiffani, Bennett, Pauleen

    Dog guides (Canis familiaris) fulfil important roles for their handlers. However, the process of training working dogs is costly, and many dogs fail training due to behavioural issues. Recently, research has shown that cognitive traits are important for success as working dogs, and that these...

  3. On-farm testing of dairy calves' avoidance response to human approach effects of sex, age and test order

    | Contributor(s):: Ellingsen-Dalsjau, K., Dean, K. R., Rousing, T.

  4. A novel behavioural approach to assess responsiveness to auditory and visual stimuli before cognitive testing in family dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Bognár, Zsófia, Piotti, Patrizia, Szabó, Dóra, Le Nézet, Louis, Kubinyi, Enikő

    Visual and auditory impairments can have a large impact on performance in cognitive tests. It is important to evaluate the sensory capacities of dogs before enrolling them in cognitive tests, in order to exclude sensory impairment as confounding effect. Therefore we designed multiple non-invasive...

  5. Canine scent detection—Fact or fiction?

    | Contributor(s):: Johnen, Dorothea, Heuwieser, Wolfgang, Fischer-Tenhagen, Carola

    Dogs have been used in a variety of scent detection tasks for hundreds of years. However, methodological differences in the design of studies concerning canine scent detection make it difficult to directly compare and to evaluate their results. We set out to (1) evaluate the quality and...

  6. Kyne–Donner Model of Authority’s Recommendation and Hurricane Evacuation Decisions: A Study of Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas

    | Contributor(s):: Kyne, Dean, Donner, William

  7. New food baits for trapping house mice, black rats and brown rats

    | Contributor(s):: Takács, Stephen, Musso, Antonia E., Gries, Regine, Rozenberg, Emma, Borden, John H., Brodie, Bekka, Gries, Gerhard

    We have recently developed new food baits (SFU Mouse Bait, SFU Rat Bait) for trapping granivorous house mice, Mus musculus, and black rats, Ramis rattus, and for trapping omnivorous brown rats, Rattus norvegicus. Both baits contain synthetic long-range volatile food attractants that represent...

  8. Testing and extending the pets as ambassadors hypothesis: the role of contact with pets and recategorization processes in predicting positive attitudes toward animals

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    | Contributor(s):: BÈatrice Auger, Catherine E. Amiot

    According to the pets as ambassadors hypothesis (Serpell & Paul, 1994), contact with pets can promote more positive attitudes toward animals in general and serve as a springboard toward concerns for a broader range of animals. Building on intergroup contact theory and the common ingroup...

  9. Household pets as monitors of lead exposure to humans

    | Contributor(s):: William B. Buck, Louise Marie Cote, Philippe Berny

    A study was conducted to determine the health effects of lead-contaminated soils in dogs, cats and children residing near a secondary lead smelter. The sample sizes were 84 dogs and 26 cats in 80 households with a total of 198 humans. Animals living outside, exposed to soit were more at risk...

  10. Reinforcement for Operational Mine Detection Rats

    | Contributor(s):: Amanda Mahoney, Christophe Cox, Bart Weetjens, Tess Tewelde, Tekimiti Gilbert, Amy Durgin, Alan Poling

    When using animals for the detection of landmines, handlers face challenges of when to reinforce indication responses, as the actual location of landmines in the field is unknown. Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling(Anti-Personnel Landmine Detection Product Development or APOPO)...

  11. Testing the direct, indirect, and moderated effects of childhood animal cruelty on future aggressive and non‐aggressive offending

    | Contributor(s):: Walters, Glenn D.

  12. To Go to the Dogs, or: Against Being Dead Serious

    | Contributor(s):: Penzinger, Christine

  13. ECVAM Workshop on Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Higher Education

    | Contributor(s):: Balcombe, Jonathan

    Details the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods Workshop on alternatives to the use of animals in higher education in Crete, Greece. List of participants; Presentation of a wide range of viewpoints; Need for greater publicity for the availability and efficacy of...

  14. Loving Paws

    The Mission of Loving Paws Animal Assisted Therapy program is to promote the human-animal bond, create a fun and engaging environment that provides positive support and motivation, while enhancing the quality of life for vulnerable populations and those in need throughout Douglas County through...

  15. Field testing, refinement, and psychometric evaluation of a new measure of quality of care for assisted living

    | Contributor(s):: Rantz, Marilyn J., Aud, Myra A., Zwygart-Stauffacher, Mary, Mehr, David R., Petroski, Gregory F., Owen, Steven V., Madsen, Richard W., Flesner, Marcia, Conn, Vicki, Maas, Meridean

  16. Behavioural testing for aggression in the domestic dog

    | Contributor(s):: Netto, W. J., Planta, D. J. U.

    The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Conservation and Fisheries has funded a study to develop an an aggression test for dogs, in order to select aggressive dogs and prevent them from breeding. On the basis of 2 pilot studies, a test was developed with 43 sub-tests in which a variety of stimuli were...

  17. Early prediction of adult police dog efficiency - a longitudinal study

    | Contributor(s):: Slabbert, J. M., Odendaal, J. S. J.

    At the South African Police Service Dog Breeding Centre, behaviour tests were developed specifically for police dogs to predict their efficiency as adults. The tests were carried out on 167 puppies between January 1994 and March 1996. The sample consisted of 49 different litters from 34 stud dogs...

  18. The use of a behaviour test for the selection of dogs for service and breeding, I: Method of testing and evaluating test results in the adult dog, demands on different kinds of service dogs, sex and breed differences

    | Contributor(s):: Wilsson, E., Sundgren, P.

    Results of 1310 German Shepherds and 797 Labrador Retrievers, 450-600 days of age, were evaluated to investigate whether the tests could be used to select dogs for different kinds of work and for breeding. Ten behavioural characteristics were scored based on the dogs' reactions in 7 test...

  19. A note on the influence of starting position, time of testing and test order on the backtest in pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Erp-van der Kooij, E. van, Kuijpers, A. H., Eerdenburg, F. J. C. M. van, Tielen, M. J. M.

    The backtest determines the coping behaviour of a piglet in a standardized stress situation, which might be a measure for the coping style of that animal. Backtest results are related to other parameters such as immune responses and production. In this study, the backtest was standardized and it...

  20. Alternatives to laboratory animals in biomedical programmes

    | Contributor(s):: Rowan, A. N.