Zen and the Art of Training Your Dog
| Contributor(s):: Kenny Lamberti
Ditch the rulebook and follow your instincts when teaching your dog
Training is enrichment—And beyond
| Contributor(s):: Westlund, Karolina
With regards to the issue of animal training in the zoo community, there is some debate as to whether or not it should be considered a type of environmental enrichment (EE). This article suggests four criteria by which an intervention may be considered enrichment. The putative enrichment should...
Social referencing: Water rescue trained dogs are less affected than pet dogs by the stranger's message
| Contributor(s):: Merola, I., Marshall-Pescini, S., D’Aniello, B., Prato-Previde, E.
Recent studies provide evidence of social referencing in dog–human interactions indicating that dogs use the emotional information provided by a human informant about a novel object/stimulus to guide their own behaviour towards it. Water rescue training is a type of educational activity aimed at...
Operant conditioning of urination by calves
| Contributor(s):: Vaughan, Alison, de Passillé, Anne Marie, Stookey, Joseph, Rushen, Jeffrey
The accumulation of faeces and urine in dairy barns is a cause of cattle and human health concerns and environmental problems. It is usually assumed that cattle are not capable of controlling defecation and urination. We tested whether calves could be taught to urinate in a location using either...
Is training zoo animals enrichment? A Letter to the Editor
2014Applied Animal Behaviour Science152100-1020168-159110.1016/j.applanim.2013.12.013text
Is training zoo animals enriching?
| Contributor(s):: Melfi, Vicky
Husbandry training of zoo animals (training) has been associated with many benefits, and indisputably is a valuable tool; training facilitates movement of animals within their environment, and participation in husbandry and medical procedures. Training has also been considered to be enriching....
In response to the Letter to the Editor regarding the article: “Is training zoo animals enriching?”
2014Applied Animal Behaviour Science152103-1050168-159110.1016/j.applanim.2013.12.012text
The implications of husbandry training on zoo animal response rates
| Contributor(s):: Ward, Samantha J., Melfi, Vicky
Positive reinforcement training (hereafter known as training) has increasingly been adopted in zoos, to facilitate complex veterinary procedures without sedation or restraint and support husbandry requirements. However, empirical studies to establish the efficacy of training or investigate its...
Training methods for introducing cows to a pasture-based automatic milking system
| Contributor(s):: Jago, J., Kerrisk, K.
Training cows to use an automatic milking system (AMS) is an important process as this method of milking depends on cows voluntarily using the AMS. This study examined two levels of training before calving on the behaviour of cows and heifers in an extensive pasture-based AMS. Animals received...
Training methods and owner–dog interactions: Links with dog behaviour and learning ability
| Contributor(s):: Rooney, Nicola Jane, Cowan, Sarah
The methods by which owners train their pet dogs range widely, with some exclusively using rewards, and others using a combination, or only punishment-based methods. This paper examines links between the way in which owners reported to have trained their dogs and observations of the dogs’...
Obedience training effects on search dog performance
| Contributor(s):: Alexander, Michael Ben, Friend, Ted, Haug, Lore
Competent search dogs should be accurate, reliable, and work independently, yet be responsive to handler commands. The aim of this study was to identify training factors that contribute to producing competent search dogs. Demographics, obedience training methods, the age training was initiated,...
The effects of social training and other factors on adoption success of shelter dogs
| Contributor(s):: Protopopova, Alexandra, Gilmour, Amanda Joy, Weiss, Rebecca Hannah, Shen, Jacqueline Yontsye, Wynne, Clive David Lawrence
The aim of the present study was to increase adoption rates of dogs housed in shelters. Previous research suggests that the public perceives friendly and sociable dogs as more adoptable. The present study hypothesized that dogs trained to gaze into potential adopters’ eyes would be perceived as...
Do dogs rescue their owners from a stressful situation? A behavioral and physiological assessment
| Contributor(s):: Carballo, F., Dzik, V., Freidin, E., Damian, J. P., Casanave, E. B., Bentosela, M.
Training the guide dog: An untapped opportunity for the behavior analyst
| Contributor(s):: Funk, Janie A., Williams, W. Larry
Military Veterans and Their PTSD Service Dogs: Associations Between Training Methods, PTSD Severity, Dog Behavior, and the Human-Animal Bond
| Contributor(s):: LaFollette, M. R., Rodriguez, K. E., Ogata, N., O'Haire, M. E.
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....
A protocol for training group-housed rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) to cooperate with husbandry and research procedures using positive reinforcement
| Contributor(s):: Kemp, Caralyn, Thatcher, Harriet, Farningham, David, Witham, Claire, MacLarnon, Ann, Holmes, Amanda, Semple, Stuart, Bethell, Emily J.
There has been increased recognition of the 3Rs in laboratory animal management over the last decade, including improvements in animal handling and housing. For example, positive reinforcement is now more widely used to encourage primates to cooperate with husbandry procedures, and improved...
Do aversive-based training methods actually compromise dog welfare?: A literature review
| Contributor(s):: Guilherme Fernandes, Joana, Olsson, I. Anna S., Vieira de Castro, Ana Catarina
The methods by which dogs are trained vary between methods involving mainly negative reinforcement and positive punishment (aversive-based methods) and methods based essentially in positive reinforcement and negative punishment (reward-based methods). However, the use of aversive-based methods is...
Rider impacts on equitation
| Contributor(s):: Williams, Jane, Tabor, Gillian
Equestrianism is popular worldwide, with millions of horses and riders participating in competitive horse sports and non-competitive leisure riding. Riders have a duty of care or responsibility for their horses and should aim to optimise their health and welfare. Despite this, limited research...
Application of learning theory in horse rescues in England and Wales
| Contributor(s):: Preshaw, Liane, Kirton, Roxane, Randle, Hayley
In England and Wales the welfare of animals, including horses, is protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Welfare agencies play a role in the investigation of equine welfare concerns and catching, containing, transporting and boarding (caring for) horses that have been rescued. Horses regularly...