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  1. Implementing positive reinforcement animal training programs at primate laboratories

    Contributor(s):: Perlman, Jaine E., Bloomsmith, Mollie A., Whittaker, Margaret A., McMillan, Jennifer L., Minier, Darren E., McCowan, Brenda

    In the last decade several surveys of primate care and training programs highlight a common theme; despite scientific evidence that animal training can be effective in reducing stress, increasing efficiency and improving veterinary care, animal training is not widely incorporated into animal care...

  2. Human-directed contra-aggression training using positive reinforcement with single and multiple trainers for indoor-housed rhesus macaques

    Contributor(s):: Minier, Darren E., Tatum, Lindsay, Gottlieb, Daniel H., Cameron, Ashley, Snarr, Jessica, Elliot, Richard, Cook, Ashleigh, Elliot, Kami, Banta, Kimberly, Heagerty, Allison, McCowan, Brenda

    The objective of this study was to improve human–animal management relationships by testing the effects of positive reinforcement training (PRT) on reducing human-directed aggression in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Contra-aggression uses a combination of positive reinforcement training...

  3. Disability assistance animals or not? Problems in policy and practice workshop: summary and scoping discussion paper

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    | Contributor(s):: Paul Harpur, Martie-Louise Verreynne, Nancy Pachana, Peter Billings, Brent Ritchie

    The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) defines assistance animals to include dogs or other animals that are trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability and to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate...

  4. Alliance of Therapy Dogs

    Alliance of Therapy Dogs is a national organization with its corporate office located in Cheyenne, WY. ATD was incorporated in the year 1990. Currently we have 12,000+ handler/dog teams in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories. It is a goal of ATD to provide registration,...

  5. Paws for Progress: The development and evaluation of the first prison based dog training programme in the UK

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    | Contributor(s):: Rebecca Jean Leonardi

    The most common type of human animal interaction (HAI) programme used in prisons involves prisoners caring for and training unwanted dogs from rescue shelters, to prepare the dogs for rehoming. Such programmes have been previously developed specifically aimed towards male young offenders, and...

  6. Dances of the Heart: Connecting with Animals | Sally Morgan | TEDxEasthamptonWomen

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    | Contributor(s):: Sally Morgan

    Sally Morgan and Tristan Corgi will teach us the value of communicating with our four-legged friends. Noted author and animal, Sally has spent a lifetime honoring the relationships we share with the pets in our lives. Sally Morgan PT CST, teacher, speaker and author of the Amazon bestseller...

  7. Relationships, Socialization and Combat Veterans: The Impact of Receiving and Training a Service Dog

    | Contributor(s):: Scotland-Coogan, Diane

  8. Flash Farm

    Flash Farm's mission is foster love and share hope with vulnerable youth through the use of a unique animal assisted therapeutic program.Flash Farm is a purpose built therapeutic centre for vulnerable youth to come and experience life in a tranquil farm setting and undertake...

  9. How We Train Dolphins?

    | Contributor(s):: Meg Sawada

    Through the internship program at Dolphin Quest Oahu (DQO), not only I have learned how to train dolphins but also I have learned the importance caring for animals with respect. Respecting marine mammal and protecting their environment can lead to marine conservation. At Dolphin Quest, we educate...

  10. Spawning executive functions in first graders: Exploring situated learning experiences with the classroom pet consistent with children's temperament

    | Contributor(s):: Kristan Nicole Pearce

    Rapid growth in all domains of development occurs during the early childhood years. Even so, the pressures of high stakes testing and the push down of curriculum often elicit a focus on cognitive development while neglecting other developmental areas important in school and later life success...

  11. Aug 10 2017

    Animal Assisted Interventions: Creating a competent, compassionate, and cross-disciplinary future

    Learn hands-on, practical applications of animal assisted interventions (AAIs) as well as how AAIs have helped a variety of populations from experts in the field. Current or interested...

    https://habricentral.org/events/details/551

  12. Jun 24 2017

    2017 UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference

    Registration is now open for the fourth annual UK Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference which will be held on the south London campus of Kingston University on June 24-25, 2017.Now in...

    https://habricentral.org/events/details/503

  13. Prison Animal Programs: A Brief Review of the Literature

    | Contributor(s):: Rhiana Kohl

    Since the inception of canine training programs in correctional facilities during the 1980s, evidence of effectiveness has been unexplored, leaving the questions of correctional staff and researchers alike unanswered. Systematic research exploring the long term effects of such programming has...

  14. "Freedom from themselves" gendered mechanisms of control, power, and resistance in prison dog training programs

    | Contributor(s):: Andrea Button

    During the past twenty-five years, the number of prison programs in which inmates train dogs has increased rapidly. A lack of systematic studies to address the effects of these programs on staff and inmates has led to limited, anecdotal accounts of the impact of these programs on correctional...

  15. Captive Elephants in Circuses

    | Contributor(s):: Varma Varma, S.R. Sujata, Suparna Ganguly, Shiela Rao

    Circuses have a long history of using performing animals, both wild and domesticated. The animals are trained or conditioned to exhibit specific behaviours with no option to do otherwise. This report is based on the observation of 31 elephants belonging to a sample of seven circuses (out of 15...

  16. Monty Roberts' Public Demonstrations: Preliminary Report on the Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability of Horses Undergoing Training during Live Audience Events

    | Contributor(s):: Loni Loftus, Kelly Marks, Rosie Jones-McVey, Jose L. Gonzales, Veronica L. Fowler

    Effective training of horses relies on the trainer’s awareness of learning theory and equine ethology, and should be undertaken with skill and time. Some trainers, such as Monty Roberts, share their methods through the medium of public demonstrations. This paper describes the opportunistic...

  17. Apr 08 2017

    International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference 2017

    The IAABC was founded in 2004, recognizing that the practice of assisting the public with companion animal behavior problems was a growing field that encompassed many different professionals:...

    https://habricentral.org/events/details/504

  18. The Contribution of Equitation Science to Minimising Horse-Related Risks to Humans

    | Contributor(s):: Melissa Starling, Andrew McLean, Paul McGreevy

    Equitation science is an evidence-based approach to horse training and riding that focuses on a thorough understanding of both equine ethology and learning theory. This combination leads to more effective horse training, but also plays a role in keeping horse riders and trainers safe around...

  19. Apr 02 2017

    International Working Dog Conference 2017

    The 10th annual International Working Dog Conference will be held from April 2-6, 2017, in Banff, Alberta.  The conference has a large variety of speakers lined up, as well as built in time...

    https://habricentral.org/events/details/502

  20. Assessment of Working Dog Suitability from Quantimetric Data

    | Contributor(s):: Joelle Alcaidinho, Giancarlo Valentin, Nate Yoder, Stephanie Tai, Paul Mundell, Melody Jackson

    We propose new approaches to assessing the suitability of  potential working dogs for a given occupation. The main  focus is placed on continuously-recording technology that  does not rely on constant human observation. An example  is provided in the form of a pilot study...