Defining the Characteristics of Successful Biosecurity Scent Detection Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Moser, Ariella Y., Brown, Wendy Y., Bennett, Pauleen, Taylor, Peta S., Wilson, Bethany, McGreevy, Paul
To perform their role effectively, scent detection dogs require certain characteristics. Identifying these characteristics will inform the selection of prospective dogs and preferred approaches to their training. The current study drew upon the perspectives of industry stakeholders to identify...
Cat coat color, personality traits and the cat-owner relationship scale: a study with cat owners in Mexico
| Contributor(s):: Gonzalez-Ramirez, M. T., Landero-Hernandez, R.
Studies regarding the cat-owner bond are quite rare, and several aspects merit more research, including personality trait differences in cats related to coat color and the cat-owner relationship. The objectives of the study were to describe, from the perspective of their owners, the personality...
Personality and Compassion for Animals
| Contributor(s):: Hopwood, Christopher J., Stahlmann, Alexander G., Bleidorn, Wiebke
Research on the Purchase Intention of Pet Products - A Comparison Study between Malaysia and Taiwan
| Contributor(s):: Hsiao-Chun Wu, Zui- Chih Lee, Reei-Jing Hung, Yueh-Chin Chen, Ai-Ying Kwek
The pet industry market in the whole world is developing in these recent years. However, the phenomenon of declining birthrate has getting more serious as well as the stress at work causes human being to draw spiritual sustenance from keeping pets as companion. Especially for the metro area,...
Public Opinion About Punishment for Animal Abuse in Spain: Animal Attributes as Predictors of Attitudes Toward Penalties
| Contributor(s):: Bernuz Beneitez, María José, María, Gustavo A.
Selection for reduced fear of humans changes intra-specific social behavior in red junglefowl - implications for chicken domestication
| Contributor(s):: Gjoen, J., Jensen, P.
Impact of personal values and personality on motivational factors for farmers to work with farm animal welfare: a case of Swedish dairy farmers
| Contributor(s):: Hansson, H., Lagerkvist, C. J., Vesala, K. M.
Test-retest reliability and predictive validity of a juvenile guide dog behavior test
| Contributor(s):: Harvey, N. D., Craigon, P. J., Sommerville, R., McMillan, C., Green, M., England, G. C. W., Asher, L.
The ability to measure stable and consistent behavioral traits in dogs would facilitate selection and assessment of working dogs, such as guide dogs. Ideally, these measures should predict suitability for the working role from a young age. This study assessed test-retest reliability of a...
Interaction between sows’ aggressiveness post mixing and skin lesions recorded several weeks later
| Contributor(s):: Tönepöhl, Björn, Appel, Anne K., Voß, Barbara, König von Borstel, Uta, Gauly, Matthias
Group housing of pigs leads inevitably to more or less serious agonistic interactions during the establishment of the social rank order of the group. In order to reduce the number of severe agonistic interactions and thus the negative effects on well-being and performance, the use of genetic...
Identification and development of measures suitable as potential breeding traits regarding dairy cows' reactivity towards humans
| Contributor(s):: Ebinghaus, A., Ivemeyer, S., Rupp, J., Knierim, U.
Behavioural indicators of the human-animal relationship (HAR) are predominantly used in animal welfare science. However, the reactivity of dairy cows - as part of the HAR - is also of interest in the context of dairy breeding, due to its estimated moderate heritability. The avoidance distance...
Pets and happiness: examining the association between pet ownership and wellbeing
| Contributor(s):: Bao, K. J., Schreer, G.
Are pets associated with happiness in their owners? Some research has demonstrated positive connections between pets and the physical health of their owners, and more recently, research has shown the beneficial effects of pets on the negative aspects of mental health as well. However, much less...
Training success in group-housed long-tailed macaques ( Macaca fascicularis) is better explained by personality than by social rank
| Contributor(s):: Wergard, E. M., Westlund, K., Spangberg, M., Fredlund, H., Forkman, B.
Using training to prepare laboratory animals for biomedical research is one important behavior management task. With increased knowledge about factors influencing training success, training programs may be optimized, resulting in a refinement of primate husbandry. Even when animals are trained...
Relationships between personality of human-dog dyads and performances in working tasks
| Contributor(s):: Hoummady, S., Peron, F., Grandjean, D., Clero, D., Bernard, B., Titeux, E., Desquilbet, L., Gilbert, C.
Improving operational performances of working dog-human dyads is receiving more and more attention. Despite this interest, the associations between human personality, dog personality, dog-human personality matching and dyad performances have rarely been addressed. This study explores the links...
Preliminary investigation of food guarding behavior in shelter dogs in the United States
| Contributor(s):: Mohan-Gibbons, H., Weiss, E., Slater, M.
A survey given to animal shelters across the US reported food bowl guarding as one of the most common reasons for euthanasia and only 34% attempted to modify this guarding behavior. This study identified 96 dogs that guarded their food bowl during an assessment, and then placed them into a home...
Heritability of behavioural traits in domestic dogs: a meta-analysis
| Contributor(s):: Hradecka, L., Bartos, L., Svobodova, I., Sales, J.
Reviews summarizing the literature on heritability of behavioural traits in dogs have been published repeatedly over the last four decades. The conclusions of these reviews vary to some extent. We applied meta-analysis and re-evaluated the literature available collecting 48 references dealing...
Investigating the role of coat colour, age, sex, and breed on outcomes for dogs at two animal shelters in the United States
| Contributor(s):: Svoboda, H. J., Hoffman, C. L.
The popular press frequently reports that coat colour bias negatively impacts shelter adoption rates for black domestic dogs. This phenomenon, commonly called 'black dog syndrome' (BDS), reportedly increases the likelihood of euthanasia for black dogs and negatively affects the length of black...
Object Neophilia in Domestic Purebred Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Lydia Kniowski
Neophilia is defined as a preference for novelty. This characteristic has been described in a variety of animal species, and may have been a contributing factor in the domestication of dogs. This study tested three purebred dog breeds for neophilia with inanimate objects. Observations of...
Breed differences in everyday behaviour of dogs
| Contributor(s):: Asp, H. E., Fikse, W. F., Nilsson, K., Strandberg, E.
The domestication of the dog and the ensuing breed creation has resulted in a plethora of dog breeds that differ not only in morphology but also in terms of behaviour. In addition, a majority of the dogs today are no longer utilized for their working ability, but are mainly kept as companion...
Speed of dog adoption: impact of online photo traits
| Contributor(s):: Lampe, R., Witte, T. H.
The Internet has radically changed how dogs are advertised for adoption in the United States. This study was used to investigate how different characteristics in dogs' photos presented online affected the speed of their adoptions, as a proof of concept to encourage more research in this field....
Are emotionally attached companion animal caregivers conscientious and neurotic? factors that affect the human-companion animal relationship
| Contributor(s):: Reevy, G. M., Delgado, M. M.
Few studies have examined how personality traits may be related to the amounts and types of attachments humans have toward companion animals (pets). In this study, 1,098 companion animal guardians (owners) completed a survey that included the Big Five Inventory, the Lexington Attachment to Pets...