Do all dogs go to heaven? Investigating the association between demographic characteristics and beliefs about animal afterlife
Contributor(s):: Royal, K. D., Kedrowicz, A. A., Snyder, A. M.
The purpose of this research was to explore American's beliefs about animal afterlife based on key demographic factors such as sex, race/ethnicity, age, geographic region, religion/faith, and pet ownership. We attained a large and diverse sample of respondents (n=800) using Amazon's Mechanical...
The human-animal bond between domestically abused women and their companion animals do pets: affect a woman's decision making?
Contributor(s):: Debbie McBride
This research will investigate the dynamics of human-perpetrated violence towards women and their companion animals. A small body of research indicates that abusers often threaten, hurt, or kill family pets as a means of coercing and controlling their female partners and women often delay seeking...
Inroads into equestrian safety: rider-reported factors contributing to horse-related accidents and near misses on Australian roads
Contributor(s):: Thompson, K., Matthews, C.
Horse riding and horse-related interactions are inherently dangerous. When they occur on public roads, the risk profile of equestrian activities is complicated by interactions with other road users. Research has identified speed, proximity, visibility, conspicuity and mutual misunderstanding as...
The Effects of Facility Animals in the Courtroom on Juror Decision-Making
Contributor(s):: Kayla Burd
Courthouse dogs (sometimes referred to as facility animals) are expertly trained canines which may be used to assist individuals with psychological, emotional, or physical difficulties in a myriad of courtroom situations. While these animals are increasingly used to assist young witness to court,...
Following human-given cues or not? Horses ( Equus caballus) get smarter and change strategy in a delayed three choice task
Contributor(s):: Lovrovich, P., Sighieri, C., Baragli, P.
To date, horses have seemed capable of using human local enhancement cues only when the experimenter remains close to the reward, since they fail to understand the communicative meaning of the human as momentary local enhancement cue (when the human is not present at the moment of the animal's...
Identifying environmental and management factors that may be associated with the quality of life of kennelled dogs ( Canis familiaris)
Contributor(s):: Kiddie, J., Collins, L.
This paper describes the use of a validated quality of life assessment tool (described elsewhere) to identify environmental and management factors that may affect quality of life in dogs kennelled in rehoming centres. Dogs were allocated to one of the four treatment groups, all of which had a...
Object permanence in the dwarf goat ( Capra aegagrus hircus): perseveration errors and the tracking of complex movements of hidden objects
Contributor(s):: Nawroth, C., Borell, E. von, Langbein, J.
Object permanence is the notion that objects continue to exist even when they are out of an observer's sight. In mammals, the highest stage of object permanence (Stage 6) has been observed only in primates, whereas other species have shown difficulty in following once-hidden objects, particularly...
Willingness of Dutch broiler and pig farmers to convert to production systems with improved welfare
Contributor(s):: Gocsik, E., Lans, I. A. van der, Lansink, A. G. J. M. O., Saatkamp, H. W.
The present study investigated 15 broiler and 13 fattening pig farmers' willingness-to-convert to alternative production systems with higher animal welfare standards compared to conventional production systems in The Netherlands, and explored the main barriers to the adoption of these alternative...
My owner, right or wrong: the effect of familiarity on the domestic dog's behavior in a food-choice task
Contributor(s):: Cook, A., Arter, J., Jacobs, L. F.
Dogs are strongly influenced by human behavior, and they readily form bonds with specific humans. Yet these lines of inquiry are not often combined. The goal of this study was to investigate whether such bonds would play a role in how dogs behave in response to human signals. Using various types...
Waiting for more: the performance of domestic dogs ( Canis familiaris) on exchange tasks
Contributor(s):: Leonardi, R. J., Vick, S. J., Dufour, V.
Five domestic dogs ( Canis familiaris) were tested in a cooperative exchange task with an experimenter, as previously tested in non-human primates. In the first task, the dogs exchanged to maximise payoffs when presented with food items of differing quality. All consistently exchanged lower-value...
Choosing between the emotional dog and the rational pal: a moral dilemma with a tail
Contributor(s):: Topolski, R., Weaver, J. N., Martin, Z., McCoy, J.
Establishing 'quality of life' parameters using behavioural guidelines for humane euthanasia of captive non-human primates
Contributor(s):: Lambeth, S. P., Schapiro, S. J., Bernacky, B. J., Wilkerson, G. K.
Public attitudes toward the use of animals in research: effects of invasiveness, genetic modification and regulation
Contributor(s):: Ormandy, E. H., Schuppli, C. A., Weary, D. M.
Self-reported comprehension ratings of dog behavior by owners of adult dogs
Contributor(s):: Kerswell, K. J., Bennett, P., Butler, K. L., Hemsworth, P. H.
Previous research has focused on dog owners' actual comprehension of dog behavior, while ignoring the importance of perceived comprehension. However, perceived comprehension is important to study as it is more important than actual comprehension in decision making. The current study examined the...
Surgery or euthanasia - about dealing with stressed horse owners in a sensitive way - while considering animal welfare
Operation oder Euthanasie - vorm sensiblen Umgang mit dem gestressten Tierbesitzer unter Tierschutzgesichtspunkten
Contributor(s):: Schule, E.
The Argus Institute is a specialized service offering client support within the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Founded in 1984, our unique program is one of the longest standing, most comprehensive programs of its kind. Our clinical counselors offer support to people who are facing difficult...
Ethical frameworks and farmer participation in controversial farming practices
Contributor(s):: Cardoso, S. P., James, H. S., Jr.
Foot disorders in dairy cattle: impact on cow and dairy farmer
Contributor(s):: Bruijnis, M. R. N., Beerda, B., Hogeveen, H., Stassen, E. N.
Communicating with special populations: children and older adults. (Effective Communication in Veterinary Practice.)
Contributor(s):: Brandt, J. C., Grabill, C. M.
This article highlights the importance of human-animal bond for children and older adults, addresses issues of pet loss and provides suggestions for meeting the communication needs of both populations. This article is divided into 2 sections. The first section focuses on the developmental...
Euthanasia & thanatology in small animals
Contributor(s):: Heiblum Frid, M., Tejeda Perea, A.