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  1. Hoofbeats to Healing

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    Hoofbeats to Healing is dedicated to providing therapeutic horse back riding in Saratoga Springs, Utah.  We use an effective natural approach to therapeutic horse back riding via Missouri Fox Trotter and Andalusian horses. Based on the theory of Cross hemispheric integration, which is if a...

  2. Evaluation of Community-Based Dog Welfare and Rabies Project in Sanur, a Sub-district of the Indonesian Island Province of Bali

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    | Contributor(s):: Ni Wayan Arya Utami, Kadek Karang Agustina, Kathryn Nattrass Atema, Gusti Ngurah Bagus, Janice Girardi, Mike Harfoot, Yacinta Haryono, Lex Hiby, Hendra Irawan, Pande Putu Januraga, Levin Kalalo, Sang Gede Purnama, I. Made Subrata, Ida Bagus Ngurah Swacita, I. Made Indrayadnya Swarayana, Dewa Nyoman Wirawan, Elly Hiby

    The Indonesian island province of Bali experienced its first rabies incursion in 2008. Mass vaccination of the dog population has proven effective and rabies cases in dogs and people have decreased, however the virus is still circulating among the dog population. Vaccination coverage must be...

  3. Paws Assisting Veterans (PAVE)

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    Paws Assisting Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans suffering from mental and/or physical disabilities through trained service dogs, empowering them and their families to achieve lifelong successes and to pave their way home....

  4. The Use of Chemotherapy to Prolong the Life of Dogs Suffering from Cancer: The Ethical Dilemma

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    | Contributor(s):: Tanya Stephens

    Despite the emergence some years ago of oncology as a veterinary specialty, there has been very little in the way of ethical debate on the use of chemotherapy in dogs. The purpose of this article is to undertake an ethical analysis to critically examine the use of chemotherapy to prolong the...

  5. Stress Reduction After Visiting Cats in a Cat Café

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicole L. Beasley

    Research has attempted to induce stress and has been unsuccessful at demonstrating the efficacy of stress reduction. This may indicate that animal interaction is more beneficial when reducing longer-term stress rather than short-term stress, like what has been studied in the past. Additionally,...

  6. The Perceived Value of Behavioural Traits in Australian Livestock Herding Dogs Varies with the Operational Context

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    | Contributor(s):: Jonathan Early, Elizabeth Arnott, Bethany Wilson, Claire Wade, Paul McGreevy

    This study investigated the value that handlers and breeders assign to various behavioural traits in Australian livestock herding dogs. Data were obtained from 811 handlers and breeders through the ‘Australian Farm Dog Survey’. Respondents were asked to consider dogs within four...

  7. Shelter Dogs for Veterans

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    A 501c(3) nonprofit organization, Shelter Dogs for Veterans provides trained service dogs to combat injured veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The dogs are rescued from kill shelters.

  8. Descriptive Texts in Dog Profiles Associated with Length of Stay Via an Online Rescue Network

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    | Contributor(s):: Mizuho Nakamura, Navneet K. Dhand, Melissa J. Starling, Paul D. McGreevy

    To increase the public’s awareness of animals needing homes, PetRescue, Australia’s largest online directory of animals in need of adoption, lists animals available from rescue and welfare shelters nationwide. The current study examined the descriptions accompanying online PetRescue...

  9. Catching a glimpse of the bacterial gut community of companion animals: a canine and feline perspective

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    | Contributor(s):: Giulia Alessandri, Chiara Argentini, Christian Milani, Francesca Turroni, Maria Cristina Ossiprandi, Douwe van Sinderen, Marco Ventura

    Dogs and cats have gained a special position in human society by becoming our principal companion animals. In this context, efforts to ensure their health and welfare have increased exponentially, with in recent times a growing interest in assessing the impact of the gut microbiota on canine...

  10. Environmental Factors That Affect Kenneled Shelter Dogs in Connecticut

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    | Contributor(s):: Laura Burban

  11. Equine Activities Influence Horses' Responses to Different Stimuli: Could This Have an Impact on Equine Welfare?

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    | Contributor(s):: Tiago Mendonça, Cécile Bienboire-Frosini, Izabela Kowalczyk, Julien Leclercq, Sana Arroub, Patrick Pageat

    The learning and cognitive challenges that horses may face differ according to the activities in which they are involved. The aim of this investigation was to study the influence of equine activities on the behavioral responses and autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity of adult horses....

  12. 'Tracking Together'—Simultaneous Use of Human and Dog Activity Trackers: Protocol for a Factorial, Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Wasantha Jayawardene, Lesa Huber, Jimmy McDonnell, Laurel Curran, Sarah Larson, Stephanie Dickinson, Xiwei Chen, Erika Pena, Aletha Carson, Jeanne Johnston

    Dog-walkers are more likely to achieve moderate-intensity physical activity. Linking the use of activity trackers with dog-walking may be beneficial both in terms of improving the targeted behavior and increasing the likelihood of sustained use. This manuscript aims to describe the protocol of...

  13. Development and evaluation of the Fe-BARQ: A new survey instrument for measuring behavior in domestic cats (Felis s. catus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Deborah L. Duffy, Roseana T. Diniz de Moura, James A. Serpell

    A questionnaire instrument for obtaining quantitative behavioral evaluations of pet cats from cat owners was developed and validated. Exploratory Factor Analysis of 2608 questionnaire responses to 149 behavioral questions/items extracted a total of 23 distinct factors that measured most of the...

  14. Sizing up physical activity: The relationships between dog characteristics, dog owners' motivations, and dog walking

    | Contributor(s):: Clarise Lim, Ryan E. Rhodes

    ObjectiveRegular dog walking is likely a symbiotic relationship between the needs of the dog and its owner. This relationship has seen limited attention. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between dog characteristics, dog owners' perceptions of responsibility and...

  15. Pet dogs and child physical activity: the role of child–dog attachment

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne M. Gadomski, Melissa B. Scribani, Nicole Krupa, Paul Jenkins

    Background Dog ownership has been associated with increased physical activity in children which in turn may mitigate childhood obesity. Objective To measure the association between child-dog attachment and child physical activity and screen time. Methods Cross-sectional study including...

  16. 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

  17. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Child-Dog Relationship in Healthy Weight and Overweight/Obese Children

    | Contributor(s):: Deborah Linder

  18. Grau de apego dos proprietários com os animais de companhia segundo a Escala Lexington Attachment to Pets

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria de Fátima Martins, Paula Adriane Piccolo Pieruzzi, João Paulo Fernandes Santos, Márcio Antonio Brunetto, Viviane Murer Fruchi, Mônica Baptista Ciari, Márcio José da Rocha Luppi, Letícia Maria de Zoppa

    A  avaliação  do  grau  de  apego  de  proprietários  com  os  seus  cães  e  gatos  é  um  importante  recurso  para  o  estudo  da influência dos...

  19. Pokušaj validacije adaptirane lexington skale privrženosti kućnim ljubimcima

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    | Contributor(s):: Jelena Levačić

    Dosadašnja, uglavnom strana istraživanja, pokazala su kako ljudi sa svojim kućnim ljubimcima stvaraju čvrstu emocionalnu vezu iz koje, čini se, proizlaze brojne prednosti za čovjeka, kako na fizičkom tako i na psihološkom planu. U Hrvatskoj je privrženost kućnim ljubimcima...

  20. Exploring the Role of Playfulness with Canine Companions in Coping with Stress: How Men Are Impacted by Human–Animal Interaction Through Calling on a Memory of Play

    | Contributor(s):: Mary Harlinger, Chris Blazina