Dog Days of Final Exams: Using Canine-Assisted Therapy to Reduce Stress and Improve Mood Among Community College Students
| Contributor(s):: Stephanie Quintana, Michelle Borckardt, Tanvi Aditya
The following paper represents research conducted by members of the Collin College chapter of Psi Beta National Honor Society. Psi Beta is the national psychology honor society for two-year colleges whose mission is “promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership,...
Human/wildlife conflict: an overlooked historical context for the UK's bovine TB problem
| Contributor(s):: Angela Cassidy
The question of whether to cull wild badgers (Meles meles) in order to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle has been deeply contentious since infections in the two species were first linked in the 1970s, and is now the subject of an escalating public controversy in the UK....
Report on zoonoses in Ireland 2005
| Contributor(s):: Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)
The Challenges and Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors
| Contributor(s):: Zazie Todd
Scam 'Service Dog' Industry Thrives On Lack Of Federal Regulations
| Contributor(s):: Robin Young, Serena McMahon
Do Therapy Dogs Belong in Hospital Emergency Rooms?
| Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog
Dogs Helping Heroes
Dogs Helping Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping restore lost freedom and peace of mind to wounded veterans, first responders, and Gold Star Families by gifting specially trained and certified assistance dogs. Our inspiration is to improve the daily lives of those we can...
The Dogs of Dickens: the Canine Presence in the Author's Works
| Contributor(s):: Christopher Koestner
Forgotten, But Not Lost—Alloparental Behavior and Pup–Adult Interactions in Companion Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Péter Pongrácz, Sára S. Sztruhala
Socialization with humans is known to be a pivotal factor in the development of appropriate adult dog behavior, but the role and extent of dog–dog interactions in the first two months of life is rarely studied. Although various forms of alloparental behaviors are described in the case of...
The Effectiveness of Dog Population Management: A Systematic Review
| Contributor(s):: Lauren M. Smith, Sabine Hartmann, Alexandru M. Munteanu, Paolo Dalla Villa, Rupert J. Quinnell, Lisa M. Collins
The worldwide population of domestic dogs is estimated at approximately 700 million, with around 75% classified as “free-roaming”. Where free-roaming dogs exist in high densities, there are significant implications for public health, animal welfare, and wildlife. Approaches to...
A Review of the Impact of Neuter Status on Expression of Inherited Conditions in Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Anita M. Oberbauer, Janelle M. Belanger, Thomas R. Famula
Gonadectomy is an important reproductive management tool employed in many countries, and is highly prevalent in the US with an estimated 85% of dogs being neutered. Despite the societal benefits in pet population control, negative associations between neuter status, and health conditions have...
Black Bears Recolonizing Historic Ranges: Indiana Human–Bear Interactions
| Contributor(s):: Bradford J. Westrich, Emily B. McCallen, Geriann Albers
Over a century after extirpation from Indiana, USA, 2 American black bears (Ursus americanus) were confirmed in the state during the summers of 2015 and 2016. The first bear encountered a public and management agency unaccustomed to living with large carnivores, which resulted in...
Analysis of Genetic Diversity in the Czech Spotted Dog
| Contributor(s):: Karolína Machová, Anita Kranjˇceviˇcová, Luboš Vostrý, Emil Krupa
Loss off genetic diversity negatively affects most of the modern dog breeds. However, no breed created strictly for laboratory purposes has been analyzed so far. In this paper, we sought to explore by pedigree analysis exactly such a breed—the Czech Spotted Dog (CSD). The pedigree...
Improving Human-Wildlife Interactions by Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts
| Contributor(s):: Terry Messmer
Introducing a Controlled Outdoor Environment Impacts Positively in Cat Welfare and Owner Concerns: The Use of a New Feline Welfare Assessment Tool
| Contributor(s):: Luciana Santos de Assis, Daniel Simon Mills
There is much debate over the pros and cons of allowing cats to roam freely as opposed to keeping them confined indoors. We surveyed owners who implemented a commercial physical containment system to the outdoors to evaluate their characteristics and the apparent impact of this systemon cat...
Dogs Can't Cure Cancer
What a new study found about the effects of dog visitations on cancer patients.
Contagious Yawning in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)
| Contributor(s):: Ariel M. Lombardo Aghishian
This study investigates contagious yawning in domestic cats towards their owners, looking at potential links with empathy. Results showed no significant difference in yawning between conditions. The solitary nature of wildcats and their shared ancestor, and the unique social behavior in...
Salivary Vasopressin as a Potential Non–Invasive Biomarker of Anxiety in Dogs Diagnosed with Separation–Related Problems
| Contributor(s):: Federica Pirrone, Ludovica Pierantoni, Andrea Bossetti, Stefania Uccheddu, Mariangela Albertini
Physiological biomarkers of canine anxiety have not been extensively investigated to date. To identify new biomarkers in dogs, we compared behaviorally normal dogs (Control group, N = 13) to dogs diagnosed with separation problems (Case group, N = 13) as they were introduced into a novel...
Hibernation Patterns of the European Hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus, at a Cornish Rescue Centre
| Contributor(s):: Kathryn E. South, Kelly Haynes, Angus C. Jackson
The European hedgehog, Erinaceus europaeus, is frequently admitted to rescue centres in the UK. With many overwintering in captivity, there is cause to investigate hibernation patterns in order to inform and improve husbandry and monitoring protocols. Thirty-five hedgehogs were studied...
Toward Sustainable Conservation and Management of Human-wildlife Interactions in the Mmadinare Region of Botswana: Villagers' Perceptions on Challenges and Prospects
| Contributor(s):: Oitshepile M. Modise, Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko, Olekae Tsompi Thakadu, Masego Ayo Mpotokwane
Human–wildlife conflicts are increasing globally. The increase in conflicts has been attributed to growing human and wildlife populations and a per capita increase in the consumption of natural resources. In Botswana, conflicts between humans and elephants (Loxodonta africana) are...