Dog Ownership and Training Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms and Increases Self-Compassion Among Veterans: Results of a Longitudinal Control Study
Contributor(s):: Bergen-Cico, D., Smith, Y., Wolford, K., Gooley, C., Hannon, K., Woodruff, R., Spicer, M., Gump, B.
Objectives: The aims of this study were to measure the potential impact of a therapeutic dog ownership and training program for Veterans with symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Design: The study used a quasi-experimental design with two cohorts of Veterans-a dog owner-trainer intervention and a...
Puppy Temperament Assessments Predict Breed and American Kennel Club Group but Not Adult Temperament
Contributor(s):: Robinson, Lauren M., Thompson, Rebekah Skiver, Ha, James C.
Puppy assessments for companion dogs have shown mixed long-term reliability. Temperament is cited among the reasons for surrendering dogs to shelters. A puppy temperament test that reliably predicts adult behavior is one potential way to lower the number of dogs given to shelters. This study used...
Sleeping tight or hiding in fright? The welfare implications of different subtypes of inactivity in mink
Contributor(s):: Meagher, Rebecca K., Campbell, Dana L. M., Dallaire, Jamie Ahloy, Díez-León, María, Palme, Rupert, Mason, Georgia J.
Effects of sub-optimal housing on inactivity vary across species and experiments, probably because inactivity is heterogeneous, reflecting both positive states (e.g. relaxation) and negative ones (e.g. fear). We therefore aimed to identify specific subtypes of inactivity that could indicate poor...
Individual differences in stereotypic behaviour predict individual differences in the nature and degree of enrichment use in caged American mink
Contributor(s):: Dallaire, Jamie A., Meagher, Rebecca K., Mason, Georgia J.
Environmental enrichment (EE) reduces stereotypic behaviour (SB), but typically only partially. Using American mink (n=17) as models, we tested the hypotheses that the effectiveness of EE reflects the degree to which subjects utilise it, and also the SB's degree of ‘establishment’ (its frequency...
Companion Dog Foster Caregiver Program for Older Veterans at the VA Maryland Health Care System: A Feasibility Study
Contributor(s):: Ortmeyer, H. K., Robey, L. C.
Veterans experience mental health conditions at a disproportionate rate compared to their civilian counterparts, and approximately 60% of older veterans who receive their care through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) do not meet physical activity (PA) recommendations. We...
Parroting patriots: interspecies trauma and becoming-well-together
Contributor(s):: Bolman, B.
Pilot testing a manualized equine-facilitated cognitive processing therapy (EF-CPT) intervention for PTSD in veterans
Contributor(s):: Wharton, T., Whitworth, J., Macauley, E., Malone, M.
Early recognition of offspring vocalisation by mink mothers
Contributor(s):: Malmkvist, Jens
Mink deliver around the same time of year. Consequently, mink dams are exposed to other delivering dams and litters nearby in the same housing facility on farms. In addition, farmers often transfer kits between litters within the first week of life, as levelling large litters is believed to...
Towards a taxonomy of stereotypic behaviours in the American mink (Neovison vison), a model Carnivore: Homogeneous or heterogeneous?
Contributor(s):: Polanco, Andrea, Campbell, Dana L. M., Díez-León, María, Mason, Georgia
Stereotypic behaviours (SBs) are sometimes assumed homogeneous, despite their diverse morphologies, as if sharing a common aetiology. However, if different SB forms are instead heterogeneous, they may have different causes, potentially impacting how best to prevent or manage them. We therefore...
Personality matters: Consistency of inter-individual variation in shyness-boldness across non-breeding and pre-breeding season despite a fall in general shyness levels in farmed American mink (Neovison vison)
Contributor(s):: Lehmkuhl Noer, Christina, Kjær Needham, Esther, Wiese, Ann-Sophie, Johannes Skovbjerg Balsby, Thorsten, Dabelsteen, Torben
Individuals of the same species vary consistently in their behaviour across time and context, and this is often referred to as animal personality. In this study, we investigate animal personality based on the definition of personality traits as underlying dispositional factors, which are linked...
Environmentally enriching American mink (Neovison vison) increases lymphoid organ weight and skeletal symmetry, and reveals differences between two sub-types of stereotypic behaviour
Contributor(s):: Díez-León, María, Bursian, Steve, Galicia, David, Napolitano, Angelo, Palme, Rupert, Mason, Georgia
Enrichment studies for wild carnivores (e.g., in zoos) are often short-term, use enrichments of unknown motivational significance, and focus on glucocorticoids and stereotypic behaviour (SB), ignoring other stress-relevant variables. Our study assessed the broad behavioural and physiological...
Barren housing and negative handling decrease the exploratory approach in farmed mink
Contributor(s):: Bak, Anne Sandgrav, Malmkvist, Jens
We examined the influence of cage enrichment and different types of short-term experiences on the temperament of farmed mink. We used juvenile Palomino mink (n = 600, housed in pairs of one male and one female) in a two-factor design with cage environment (BAR: barren vs. ENR: cage enriched with...
Anxiety Symptoms and Sleep Disturbance in Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Impact of Receiving and Training a Service Dog
Contributor(s):: Scotland-Coogan, Diane
Relationships, Socialization and Combat Veterans: The Impact of Receiving and Training a Service Dog
Political conservatism and the exploitation of nonhuman animals: An application of system justification theory: GPIR GPIR
Contributor(s):: Hoffarth Mark, R., Azevedo, Flávio, Jost, John T.
Overweight and obese pet owners: respondent and pet characteristics in the rural Midwestern United States
| Contributor(s):: Heuberger, R. A., Garner, J. A., Corby, A., DeWitt, K., Sluis, R. vander
The obesity epidemic has impacted both people and pets in the rural Midwestern United States (MWUS). Tailoring health advice to the socio-demographic characteristics and dietary patterns of owners and their pets can help promote adherence to health behavior changes for owners and foster health...
Don't Be Distracted by the Peacock Trying to Board an Airplane: Why Emotional Support Animals Are Service Animals and Should Be Regulated in the Same Manner
| Contributor(s):: Foster, A. M.
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Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Genetic Diversity of Bartonella henselae Infections in Pet Cats in Four Regions of the United States
| Contributor(s):: L. Guptill, C.-C. Wu, H. HogenEsch, L.N. Slater, N. Glickman, A. Dunham, H. Syme, L. Glickman
Blood was collected from a convenience sample of 271 pet cats aged 3 months to 2 years (mean age, 8 months, median and mode, 6 months) between May 1997 and September 1998 in four areas of the United States (southern California, Florida, metropolitan Chicago, and metropolitan Washington, D.C.)....
The Effect of Therapeutic Horseback Riding on Balance and Self-Efficacy in Children with Developmental Disabilities
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| Contributor(s):: Alexandra Smola, Lauren Hurley
Therapeutic horseback riding (THR) has positive health related outcomes in children with developmental disabilities. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a 10-week THR intervention on balance and task-specific self-efficacy in children with developmental disabilities....