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  1. Can Interacting with Animals Improve Executive Functions? A Systematic Review

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    | Contributor(s):: Tepper, D., Shnookal, J., Howell, T., Bennett, P.

    There has been growing interest in the potential benefits of using human-animal interactions to improve executive functions: cognitive processes that allow individuals to plan, solve problems, and self-regulate behaviour. To date, no comprehensive review has been conducted. The purpose of this...

  2. Exploring the Role of Empathy as a Dual Mediator in the Relationship between Human-Pet Attachment and Quality of Life: A Survey Study among Adult Dog Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Sung, J. Y., Han, J. S.

    This study investigates the impact of empathy on the relationship between human-dog attachment and human quality of life. A survey involving 263 dog owners was conducted to gather data on attachment to dogs, empathy, and human quality of life in Korea. The findings indicate significant...

  3. Human-Animal Interactions in Dairy Goats

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    | Contributor(s):: Carnovale, F., Marcone, G., Serrapica, F., Lambiase, C., Sabia, E., Arney, D., De Rosa, G.

    It is widely assumed that the quality of human-animal interactions may have a strong impact on animals' living conditions and is fundamental to improving farm animal welfare. This work aims to evaluate the effectiveness of methods for assessing and monitoring the welfare of lactating goats....

  4. Justifying Euthanasia: A Qualitative Study of Veterinarians' Ethical Boundary Work of "Good" Killing

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    | Contributor(s):: Bubeck, M. J.

    (1) Veterinarians are regularly required to euthanize their "objects of care" as part of their work, which distinguishes them from other healthcare professionals. This paper examines how veterinarians navigate the ethical tensions inherent in euthanasia, particularly the collision...

  5. Where does your dog live? Size, origin and aggressiveness predict dogs' developmental environment

    | Contributor(s):: Generoso, Carolina, Resende, Briseida, Grassetto Teixeira da Cunha, Rogério, Savalli, Carine, Albuquerque, Natalia

  6. Measuring the human–animal relationship in cows by avoidance distance at pasture

    | Contributor(s):: Aubé, L., Mollaret, E., Mialon, M. M., Mounier, L., Veissier, I., de Boyer des Roches, A.

  7. A Quantitative Assessment of Trainers-Dolphins' Interactions in the Absence of Food Reward

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    | Contributor(s):: Platto, S., Serres, A.

    All the studies that have considered the motivation of the dolphins to interact with their trainers as a possible welfare indicator have been carried out in facilities where the trainer-dolphin interactions (TDIs) sessions were reinforced with food. Therefore, in these specific circumstances,...

  8. Children's Relationships with a Non-Vertebrate Animal: The Case of a Giant African Land Snail (Achatina fulica) at School

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    | Contributor(s):: Hirschenhauser, K., Brodesser, L.

    Employing living animals in educational settings is popular and may assist learning. Human-animal relationships are considered fundamental for the effects of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) on successful learning. Key studies on AAI emphasize dogs, or other large-brained vertebrates, while...

  9. Assessing preferences and motivations for owning exotic pets: Care matters

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Hausmann, Gonzalo Cortés-Capano, Iain Fraser, Enrico Di Minin

    Understanding drivers of demand for exotic pets may help inform adequate conservation strategies to address unsustainable trade. Here, we used a best-worst scaling approach to understand the variety of preferences and motivations for owning exotic pets. Respondents (316 from 33 countries)...

  10. Factors influencing interactions in zoos: animal-keeper relationship, animal-public interactions and solitary animal groups

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    | Contributor(s):: S. Mazzola, M. Albertini

    Interactions that animals experience can have a significant influence on their health and welfare. These interactions can occur between animals themselves, but also between animals and keepers, and animals and the public. Human and non-human animals come into contact with each other in a...

  11. To Protect or to Kill? Environmental Contingent Self-Worth Moderates Death Prime Effects on Animal-Based Attitudes

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    | Contributor(s):: Fairlamb, S., Stan, A. E., Lovas, K.

    Lifshin et al. found that death primes increased support for killing animals, suggesting that the killing of animals serves a terror management function. The present research adds to this by suggesting that protecting animals can also serve a terror management function when people see such...

  12. Family Bonds with Pets and Mental Health during COVID-19 in Australia: A Complex Picture

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    | Contributor(s):: Bennetts, S. K., Howell, T., Crawford, S., Burgemeister, F., Burke, K., Nicholson, J. M.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the health-promoting features of human-animal relationships, particularly for families with children. Despite this, the World Health Organization's (1986) Ottawa Charter remains human-centric. Given the reciprocal health impacts of human-animal...

  13. Not All Puppies and Sunshine: How Dog Keepers Cope with Dog-Related Problems in Dutch Society

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    | Contributor(s):: Ophorst, Susan, Aarts, Noelle, Bovenkerk, Bernice, Hopster, Hans

    Zoonoses, biting incidents, hereditary problems, and other issues can threaten the welfare of both humans and dogs. The Dutch government and animal welfare organizations seem to have little effect in their campaigns to influence the behavior of (potential) dog keepers, who can experience...

  14. Genetic and environmental parameters for behavioural responses towards humans in farmed ostriches

    | Contributor(s):: Muvhali, Pfunzo T., Bonato, Maud, Engelbrecht, Anel, Malecki, Irek A., Cloete, Schalk W. P.

  15. Are early-life lambs’ characteristics and behavioural reactivity related to later survival and growth performance during artificial feeding?

    | Contributor(s):: Mialon, Marie-Madeleine, Nowak, Raymond, Falourd, Patricia, Marcon, Didier, Lardy, Romain, Boivin, Xavier

  16. Horses' Tactile Reactivity Differs According to the Type of Work: The Example of Equine-Assisted Intervention

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    | Contributor(s):: Rochais, C., Lerch, N., Gueguen, L., Schmidlin, M., Bonamy, O., Grandgeorge, M., Hausberger, M.

    Tactile perception in humans varies between individuals and could depend on extrinsic factors such as working activity. In animals, there is no study relating the influence of animals' work and their tactile reactivity per se. We investigated horses' tactile reactivity using von Frey...

  17. Attitudes of wildlife park visitors towards returning wildlife species: An analysis of patterns and correlates

    | Contributor(s):: Ostermann-Miyashita, Emu-Felicitas, Pernat, Nadja, Koenig, Hannes J., Hemminger, Karoline, Gandl, Nina, Bellingrath-Kimura, Sonoko Dorothea, Hibler, Sophia, Kiffner, Christian

  18. Validation of the Brazilian Portuguese version of the cat-owner relationship scale (CORS-BR)

    | Contributor(s):: Luchesi, Suzana Helena, Machado, Daiana Souza, Trindade, Pedro Henrique Esteves, Otta, Emma

  19. Training Dogs with Science or with Nature? An Exploration of Trainers’ Word Use, Gender, and Certification Across Dog-Training Methods

    | Contributor(s):: Johnson, Anamarie C., Wynne, Clive D. L.

  20. Dogs Feared and Dogs Loved: Human-Dog Relations in the Late Ottoman Empire

    | Contributor(s):: Gündoğdu, Cihangir