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  1. Reliability of Fear Assessment in Growing Pigs Exposed to a Novel Object Test in Commercial Conditions

    Contributor(s):: Dalmau, Antoni, Mainau, Eva, Velarde, Antonio

    The objective of this study was to assess the reliability and feasibility of a novel object test assessing fear in pigs in commercial conditions. A total of 18 commercial farms were visited, and 321 pens housing 4,220 growing pigs were assessed. Three balloons were used as a novel stimulus....

  2. Intraspecific attachment in adult domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): Preliminary results

    Contributor(s):: Mariti, Chiara, Carlone, Beatrice, Ricci, Eva, Sighieri, Claudio, Gazzano, Angelo

    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...

  3. Behavioural testing to determine differences between coping styles in Grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) with and without feather damaging behaviour

    Contributor(s):: van Zeeland, Yvonne R. A., van der Aa, Marleen M. J. A., Vinke, Claudia M., Lumeij, Johannes T., Schoemaker, Nico J.

    In various animal species, a correlation has been found between the individual's response to ‘stressing’ stimuli (coping style) in behaviour tests and the susceptibility to develop behavioural disorders. Based on analogies with feather pecking in laying hens, a similar correlation might be...

  4. Effect of marginal environmental and social enrichment during rearing on pigs’ reactions to novelty, conspecifics and handling

    Contributor(s):: Tönepöhl, Björn, Appel, Anne K., Welp, Stephan, Voß, Barbara, König von Borstel, Uta, Gauly, Matthias

    The rearing environment of farmed animals can affect their behaviour when handled, and therefore needs to be taken into account when selecting for traits such as docility. Therefore, 126 German Landrace and Pietrain×German Landrace pigs were reared in two different production environments (barren...

  5. Influence of age and experience rider on differentiate the behaviour of recreational horses being prepared for use

    Contributor(s):: Jastrzebska, E., Wilk, I.

  6. Relationships among aggressiveness, fearfulness and response to humans in finisher pigs

    Contributor(s):: O’Malley, Carly I., Wurtz, Kaitlin E., Steibel, Juan P., Bates, Ronald O., Ernst, Catherine W., Siegford, Janice M.

    Mixing unfamiliar pigs is common in modern production, resulting in intense aggression potentially leading to injury and stress. One solution is breeding against aggressiveness. However, in order to anticipate the consequences of such selection, we need to understand how individual aggressiveness...

  7. Effects of rearing conditions on behavioural responses, social kinetics and physiological parameters in gilthead sea bream Sparus aurata

    Contributor(s):: Sánchez-Muros, María José, Sánchez, Belén, Barroso, Fernando G., Toniolo, Martín, Trenzado, Cristina E., Sanz Rus, Ana

    Knowing the best conditions to culture fish it is an important issue for aquaculture. Stocking density and routine handling are two factors with a great influence the outcome. This experiment examined the effects of different rearing conditions, corresponding to medium density (10kg/m3; MD), high...

  8. Development of test for determining olfactory investigation of complex odours in cattle

    Contributor(s):: Rørvang, Maria Vilain, Jensen, Margit Bak, Nielsen, Birte Lindstrøm

    The sense of smell is likely to influence the behaviour of domestic and captive animals in a wide range of management and housing situations. In domestic cattle, there may be unexploited potential for using odours and olfaction in the management; however, published studies on bovine olfactory...

  9. Intraspecific relationships in adult domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) living in the same household: A comparison of the relationship with the mother and an unrelated older female dog

    Contributor(s):: Mariti, Chiara, Carlone, Beatrice, Votta, Emilia, Ricci, Eva, Sighieri, Claudio, Gazzano, Angelo

    There is scientific evidence that adult dogs establish attachment bonds towards human beings. Attachment as behavioural system exists in the puppy-mother relationship, but adult dogs tested with the Ainsworth Strange Situation Test (ASST) have been found to show a preference for the stranger over...

  10. The backtest in pigs revisited—Inter-situational behaviour and animal classification

    Contributor(s):: Zebunke, Manuela, Nürnberg, Gerd, Melzer, Nina, Puppe, Birger

    Since the introduction of the backtest for the early detection of coping strategies in piglets by Hessing in the 1990s, this behavioural test has been intensively investigated with ambiguous results. One possible explanation for this lack of consistency might be the different classification...

  11. Factors of potential influence on different behavioural tests in fattening pigs

    Contributor(s):: Mieloch, F. J., Nietfeld, S., Straßburg, C., Krieter, J., Grosse Beilage, E., Czycholl, I.

    The present study aimed at isolating factors of potential influence on the Novel-Object Test (NOT), the Forced Human-Approach Test (FHAT), the Voluntary Human-Approach Test (VHAT) and the Human-Animal Relationship Test (HART) to draw conclusions about factors that should be considered when using...

  12. A forced lateralisation test for dairy cows and its relation to their behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Amira, A. Goma, Gareth, P. Pearce, Jashim, Uddin, Eloise, Rimon, Harriet, Davies, Clive, J. C. Phillips

    Dairy cows' emotional state can sometimes be inferred from their behaviour, for example previous studies have suggested that those passing a novel person to the right are more likely to be anxious than those passing to the left. We undertook two studies of cow behaviour as they passed a novel...

  13. Owner personality and the wellbeing of their cats share parallels with the parent-child relationship

    Contributor(s):: Finka, L. R., Ward, J., Farnworth, M. J., Mills, D. S.

  14. Factors of potential influence on different behavioural tests in fattening pigs

    Contributor(s):: Mieloch, F. J., Nietfeld, S., Straßburg, C., Krieter, J., Grosse Beilage, E., Czycholl, I.

  15. Social identification with animals: Unpacking our psychological connection with other animals

    Contributor(s):: Amiot, Catherine E., Sukhanova, Ksenia, Bastian, Brock

  16. The moral standing of animals: Towards a psychology of speciesism

    Contributor(s):: Caviola, Lucius, Everett, Jim A. C., Faber, Nadira S.

  17. Conceptual and methodological issues relating to pain assessment in mammals: The development and utilisation of pain facial expression scales

    Contributor(s):: McLennan, Krista M., Miller, Amy L., Dalla Costa, Emanuela, Stucke, Diana, Corke, Murray J., Broom, Donald M., Leach, Matthew C.

  18. Human-Animal Interactions in Dairy Buffalo Farms

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    | Contributor(s):: Napolitano, F., Serrapica, F., Braghieri, A., Masucci, F., Sabia, E., De Rosa, G.

  19. Therapy Dogs in Academic Libraries: A Way to Foster Student Engagement and Mitigate Self-Reported Stress during Finals

    | Contributor(s):: Jalongo, Mary Renck, McDevitt, Theresa

  20. Animal geographies I

    | Contributor(s):: Hovorka, Alice J.