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  1. Owner and Cat-Related Risk Factors for Feline Overweight or Obesity

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    | Contributor(s):: Meredith Wall, Nick John Cave, Emilie Vallee

    Feline obesity is a highly prevalent disease that poses an urgent and serious challenge. Attempted treatment by weight reduction is often unsuccessful; a new preventative approach that focuses on the role of the owner may be helpful. This study used data collected from an international survey...

  2. The hierarchical structure of dog personality in a new behavioural assessment: A validation approach

    | Contributor(s):: Svartberg, Kenth

  3. Use of questionnaire-based data to assess dog personality

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    | Contributor(s):: Pamela Wiener, Marie J. Haskell

    The study of dog personality is of general academic interest and also has applications for the management of both working dogs and pets. However, acquiring direct behavioral assessments of large numbers of animals is both time consuming and logistically difficult. An alternative approach that...

  4. A Dog's Got Personality: A Cross-Species Comparative Approach to Personality Judgments in Dogs and Humans

    | Contributor(s):: S.D. Gosling, V.S.Y. Kwan, O.P. John

  5. The capacity for the human-companion animal bond: Dissociation, history of trauma, personality characteristics, and attachment styles

    | Contributor(s):: Olivia Wu

  6. Coping Styles in the Domestic Cat (Felis silvestris catus) and Implications for Cat Welfare

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    | Contributor(s):: Judith Stella, Candace Croney

    Identifying coping styles in cats may lead to improved health and welfare. The aims of this study were to (1) identify individual differences in response to acute confinement, and (2) to assess the predictability of guardian-rated personality traits on behavior. Adult cats (n = 55) were...

  7. Comparative Personality Traits Assessment of Three Species of Communally Housed Captive Penguins

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    | Contributor(s):: Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Richard Preziosi, Massimo Faustini, Giulio Curone, Mariangela Albertini, Dawn Nicoll, Lorna Moffat, Romain Pizzi, Silvia Mazzola

    Understanding animal personalities has notable implications in the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, but personality studies can also be useful in optimizing animal management, with the aim of improving health and well-being, and optimizing reproductive success, a fundamental factor in...

  8. Koi (Cyprinus rubrofuscus) Seek Out Tactile Interaction with Humans: General Patterns and Individual Differences

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    | Contributor(s):: Fife-Cook, I., Franks, B.

    The study of human-animal interactions has provided insights into the welfare of many species. To date, however, research has largely focused on human relationships with captive mammals, with relatively little exploration of interactions between humans and other vertebrates, despite non-mammals...

  9. Personality of killer whales (Orcinus orca) is related to welfare and subjective well-being

    | Contributor(s):: Úbeda, Yulán, Ortín, Sara, Robeck, Todd R., Llorente, Miquel, Almunia, Javier

  10. The influence of sex, rearing history, and personality on abnormal behaviour in zoo-housed bonobos (Pan paniscus)

    | Contributor(s):: Laméris, Daan W., Staes, Nicky, Salas, Marina, Matthyssen, Steffi, Verspeek, Jonas, Stevens, Jeroen M. G.

  11. How Ethical Ideologies Relate to Public Attitudes Toward Nonhuman Animals: The Japanese Case

    | Contributor(s):: Su, B. T., Koda, N., Martens, P.

  12. Psychodynamic Based Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy in Adults with Intertwined Personality Problems and Traumatization: A Systematic Review

    | Contributor(s):: Kovács, G., van Dijke, A., Enders-Slegers, M. J.

  13. Concurrent and Predictive Criterion Validity of a Puppy Behaviour Questionnaire for Predicting Training Outcome in Juvenile Guide Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Hunt, R. L., England, G. C. W., Asher, L., Whiteside, H., Harvey, N. D.

  14. Parallels in the interactive effect of highly sensitive personality and social factors on behaviour problems in dogs and humans

    | Contributor(s):: Bräm Dubé, M., Asher, L., Würbel, H., Riemer, S., Melotti, L.

  15. Bridging the Gap between Personality-Social Psychology and Human-Animal Interaction Research

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    | Contributor(s):: Anthony E. Coy, Christopher J. Holden

    Personality and social psychology are two of the broadest subfields within psychology. Social psychology extends into areas such as perception and cognition while providing more unique contributions in specific domains such as close relationships and aggression. Personality cuts across all...

  16. Personality Traits and Owner-Dog Attachment in a Canadian Sample

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    | Contributor(s):: Morag G. Ryan, Anne E. Storey, Rita E. Anderson, Carolyn J. Walsh

    Much of the literature on owner-dog attachment and the influence of personality on the owner-dog relationship has originated in Europe, with few studies in North America. To address this imbalance, 29 owner-dog dyads from a Canadian population were tested in the Strange Situation Test (SST) and...

  17. Who Do Parrots Talk To? Agreeableness and a Serious Approach Increase the Production of Word-like Utterances by African Grey Parrots

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    | Contributor(s):: Jitka Lindova°

    Label acquisition projects with the grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) demonstrated cognitive and communicative skills of this species comparable to great apes. However, results differ profoundly between individuals and laboratories. Two studies investigated the relationship between the...

  18. Predicting Dysfunctional Human–Dog Dyads

    | Contributor(s):: Canejo-Teixeira, Rute, Almiro, Pedro Armelim, Baptista, Luís V., Niza, Maria Manuela Grave Rodeia Espada

    Human–dog dyads represent a mutually beneficial partner- ship with a 16,000-year-old history. However, when this relationship becomes dysfunctional the consequences for the human, dog, and society at large can be severe. Canine members of dysfunctional dyads often display problem behaviors, such...

  19. Does training style affect the human-horse relationship? Asking the horse in a separation–reunion experiment with the owner and a stranger

    | Contributor(s):: Lundberg, Paulina, Hartmann, Elke, Roth, Lina S. V.

    Humans have shared a long history with horses and today we mainly consider horses as companions for sports and leisure activities. Previously, the human perspective of the human-horse relationship has been investigated but there has been little focus on the horse’s perspective. This study aimed...

  20. A consideration of the role of biology and test design as confounding factors in judgement bias tests

    | Contributor(s):: Whittaker, Alexandra L., Barker, Timothy H.

    The assessment of positive emotional states in animals has been advanced considerably through the use of judgement bias testing. JBT methods have now been reported in a range of species. Generally, these tests show good validity as ascertained through use of corroborating methods of affective...