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  1. Aggressiveness, ADHD-like behaviour, and environment influence repetitive behaviour in dogs

    Contributor(s):: Sulkama, S., Salonen, M., Mikkola, S., Hakanen, E., Puurunen, J., Araujo, C., Lohi, H.

  2. The Five Domains model and promoting positive welfare in pigs

    Contributor(s):: Kells, N. J.

  3. Mothers' Reflections on Cat Ownership for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder During COVID-19

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    | Contributor(s):: Saskia Keville, Sophia De Vita, Amanda K. Ludlow

    Animal- assisted interventions are increasingly used as a complementary therapy in clinical practice to support people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with promising outcomes compared to traditional therapies. Less is understood about the therapeutic benefits of more accessible and...

  4. The Effects of Equine-Assisted Activities on the Attachment Security of Abused Women

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    | Contributor(s):: Ilana B. Silver

    The present study was designed to explore the impact of equine-assisted activities on attachment security among women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Attachment security was assessed at three different time points using the Experiences in Close Relationships Scale (ECR)...

  5. Whole-Genome Signatures of Selection in Sport Horses Revealed Selection Footprints Related to Musculoskeletal System Development Processes

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    | Contributor(s):: Siavash Salek Ardestani, Mehdi Aminafshar, Mohammad Bagher Zandi Baghche Maryam, Mohammad Hossein Banabazi, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Younes Miar

    Selective breeding has led to gradual changes at the genome level of horses. Deciphering selective pressure patterns is progressive to understand how breeding strategies have shaped the sport horse genome; although, little is known about the genomic regions under selective pressures in sport...

  6. Therapy Dogs in the College Classroom: The Effect of Dogs on Stress, Anxiety, and Spanish L2 Phonological Learning and Performance

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    | Contributor(s):: Elaine Maralee Henry

    Anxiety and stress invoked by the second language classroom setting has the ability to cause numerous detrimental physiological changes which impair the learning process. A more natural, “immersion” type atmosphere is often desired when teaching a second language; however, this is...

  7. Plasma Concentration of Advanced Glycation End-Products From Wild Canids and Domestic Dogs Does Not Change With Age or Across Body Masses

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    | Contributor(s):: Ana Gabriela Jimenez

    Dogs provide a physiological paradox: In domestic dogs, small breeds live longer lives than large breed dogs. Comparatively, a wild canid can be a similar size than many large breed dogs and outlive their domestic cousin. We have previously shown that oxidative stress patterns between domestic...

  8. Domestic Cat Ethology: Evaluating Social Media for Data Collection

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Casey

    This study looked at whether user-submitted videos of cats could be used to increase understanding of their behavior. The findings suggest that the behaviors observed were consistent with prior research, and contain typical cat behavior. Depending on the research question, user-submitted videos...

  9. Golden Healer Service Dogs

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    We positively impact and enhance the lives of people all over the world who suffer from mental illness and physical disabilities.

  10. Characterizing Human–Dog Attachment Relationships in Foster and Shelter Environments as a Potential Mechanism for Achieving Mutual Wellbeing and Success

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Thielke, Monique A.R. Udell

    This study aimed to characterize attachment relationships between humans and dogs living in animal shelters or foster homes, and to contextualize these relationships in the broader canine attachment literature. In this study, 21 pairs of foster dogs and foster volunteers and 31 pairs of shelter...

  11. Did Eating Human Poop Play a Role in the Evolution of Dogs?

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    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

  12. Molecular Characterization of Hemoparasites and Hemoplasmas Infecting Domestic Cats of Southern India

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    | Contributor(s):: Lanchalung Malangmei, Karapparambu Gopalan Ajith Kumar, Ashwathappa Nandini, Christophe Angeline Felicia Bora, Anju Varghese, Birur Mallappa Amrutha, Prashant Somalingappa Kurbet, Rangapura Kariyappa Pradeep, Murikoli Nimisha, Chundiyil Kalarickal Deepa, Lijo John, Reghu Ravindran

    In the present study, 111 blood samples were collected from apparently healthy cats belonging to four districts of Kerala, southern India, and they were investigated for the presence of hemoparasites and hemoplasmas by light microscopic examination and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The...

  13. National Equine Institute of Growth and Healing, Inc. (N.E.I.G.H.)

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    Here at the National Equine Institute of Growth through Healing, Inc. (N.E.I.G.H.) we develop and deliver life-enriching, educational activities that can bring empowerment, healing, and behavior improvement through our equine and human behavior programs. We support this...

  14. Importance of Vaccinating for Canine Parvovirus: Best Practices for Prevention

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    | Contributor(s):: Ariel Gorham

    This University Honors Thesis combines my cutting edge research on canine parvovirus and how to refine professional practice for optimal prevention. Canine parvovirus is a highly transmissible virus that infects the gastrointestinal tract of dogs and spreads through secretions of infected...

  15. Loving Angel Service Dogs

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    We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization located in St. George, Utah dedicated to enhancing peoples’ lives by placing service dogs with children and adults who have disabilities - including veterans of the United States military.

  16. Does Clicker Training Lead to Faster Acquisition of Behavior for Dog Owners?

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    | Contributor(s):: Brian J. Burton

    Clicker training is a method of dog training that has increased in popularity over the past 20 years (Feng et al., 2017). However, while there has been an increased use of clicker training, studies examining the claims that clicker training leads to faster acquisition of new behavior (Skinner,...

  17. A Multi-Site Feasibility Assessment of Implementing a Best-Practices Meet-And-Greet Intervention in Animal Shelters in the United States

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Protopopova, Kelsea M. Brown, Nathaniel J. Hall

    Animal shelters must incorporate empirically validated programs to increase life-saving measures; however, altering existing protocols is often a challenge. The current study assessed the feasibility of nine animal shelters within the United States to replicate a validated procedure for...

  18. The Efficacy of Equine Assisted Therapy in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: Amy Hofmann

    This study examines the effects of equine-assisted psychotherapies in children with an autism spectrum disorder. The CARS-2 and Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire parent-report questionnaires were used for evaluation, as well open-ended questions. A single researcher contacted and...

  19. Increased Rider Weight Did Not Induce Changes in Behavior and Physiological Parameters in Horses

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    | Contributor(s):: JanneWinther Christensen, Suzie Bathellier, Marie Rhodin, Rupert Palme, Mette Uldahl

    Recent studies have reported significant alterations in horse physiological and gait parameters when exposed to increased rider weight during moderate to high intensity exercise. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of increased rider weight (+15% and +25% of the regular rider’s...

  20. The Influence of Pointing Accuracy in an Object-Choice Task with Domestic Horses (Equus caballus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth A. Krisch

    This study evaluated the influence of pointing accuracy and experimenter identity on domestic horse (Equus caballus) behavior in an object-choice task. Results suggest that after receiving inaccurate pointing cues, horses adapt their responses based on their familiarity with an experimenter,...