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  1. The effect of age on visuo-spatial short-term memory in family dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Patrizia Piotti, Dóra Szabó, Lisa Wallis, Zsófia Bognár, Bianka Stiegmann, Anna Egerer, Pauline Marty, Enikő Kubinyi

    Decline in the visuo-spatial memory domain may be an early marker for cognitive decline and has a relevant impact on animal welfare. Current research on visuo-spatial memory in family dogs is often limited by factors such as the need of extensive pre-training, limited attention to co-occurring...

  2. Patriots and Paws

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    The Patriots and Paws mission is to provide Veterans/Active Military/Reservists and their families throughout Southern California basic home furnishings for newly acquired residences.  Additionally, at Patriots and Paws for those Veteran/Military service folks that are interested, they can...

  3. Inspired by Horses: Finding Your Sweet Spot in Life | Jonathan Field | TEDxSanJuanIsland

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    | Contributor(s):: Jonathan Field

    During the past 20 Jonathan Field has been speaking and handling horses while teaching large groups of people to understand the nature of the horse. Participants quickly come to realize it's more about teaching the humans and helping them through their blocks than it is about the horse. By...

  4. An Evaluation of Respondent Conditioning Procedures to Decrease Barking in an Animal Shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Steven Wade Payne, Kian S Assemi

    A common problem behavior in animal shelters is excessive noise from barking, which can regularly exceed 100dBs.  Noise levels in animal shelters are correlated with increased stress in dogs, which may lead to increased problem behavior and a decrease in adoption.  The purpose of the...

  5. Comparing trainers' reports of clicker use to the use of clickers in applied research studies: methodological differences may explain conflicting results

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    | Contributor(s):: Lynna C Feng, Tiffani J Howell, Pauleen C Bennett

    Clicker training refers to an animal training technique, derived from laboratory-based studies of animal learning and behaviour, in which a reward-predicting signal is delivered immediately following performance of a desired behaviour, and is subsequently followed by a reward. While clicker...

  6. Predictors of proximity to others in colony housed shelter cats (Felis silvestris catus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Malini Suchak, Michael Piombino, Kalina Bracco

    Colony housing of cats allows shelters to maximize the number of cats housed in limited space. Most research on colony-housed cats examines stress in relation to group size or enclosure size.  While this is important for evaluating welfare, it is equally important to understand how cats...

  7. Canine Aggression: Understanding Owner Beliefs about the Biological Locus of Origin for Rehabilitation of Aggressive Behavior

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    | Contributor(s):: Destiny DeHart

    The topic of canine aggression– threatening or hostile behavior involving actual and or potential harm to another – invokes many emotional responses due to the often violent connotations regarding aggressive canines. Research focusing on various methods of rehabilitation has...

  8. Cats and owners interact more with each other after a longer duration of separation

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    | Contributor(s):: Matilda Eriksson, Linda J. Keeling, Therese Rehn

    Little is known about the cat’s (Felis silvestris catus) need for human contact, although it is generally believed that cats are more independent pets than e.g. dogs. In this study, we investigated the effect of time left alone at home on cat behaviour (e.g. social and distress-related)...

  9. How to build the forever dog | Rodney Habib | TEDxMexicoCitySalon

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodney Habib

    Digital storyteller Rodney Habib's dog, Sam, was diagnosed with cancer which sent him on a mission to save her life. Rodney Habib has spent his last years travelling the globe gathering the most up-to-date information on canine cancer. During his talk at TEDxMexicoCitySalon, Rodney shared...

  10. Our co-evolution with dogs | Karen Becker | TEDxMexicoCitySalon

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    | Contributor(s):: Karen Becker

    Karen Shaw Becker is the most followed veterinarian in the world, and for good reason. Dr Becker believes in a deliberate, common sense approach to creating and maintaining vibrant health for companion animals and an unconventional, integrative approach to addressing disease and re-establishing...

  11. An Animal-Assisted Intervention Study in the Nursing Home: Lessons Learned

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    | Contributor(s):: Lonneke G. J. A. Schuurmans, Inge Noback, Jos M. G. A. Schols, Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers

    AAI studies in the nursing home pose a specific set of challenges. In this article the practical and ethical issues encountered during a Dutch psychogeriatric nursing home AAI study are addressed with the aim of sharing our experiences for future researchers as well as AAI practitioners in...

  12. Canines for Christ of Greater Cincinnati

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    Canines For Christ is a faith based Pet Therapy group, showing Christian love through giving and acting. Our first priority is the people we help. Our primary focus is to get dogs and their handlers into the community visiting locations such as nursing homes, libraries, hospice, and many other...

  13. Salute of Service

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    Salute of Service is a 501c3 nonprofit grassroots service dog training program which is currently raising funds to assist Maine veterans who need service dogs. As result of the successful Owner Trained Service Dog Program at the University of Maine at Machias, several veterans approached our...

  14. Motionera med hund - en hälsofrämjande aspekt : En kvantitativ undersökning med fokus på kvinnors fysiska, psykiska och sociala målsättningar

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    | Contributor(s):: Cecilia Mannström

    Endast 17,5% av Finlands befolkning 2015 uppnår rekommendationerna för daglig fysisk aktivitet. Detta examensarbete är en kvantitativ undersökning. Syftet med detta examensarbete är att undersöka om kvinnor har fysiska, psykiska och sociala...

  15. Tu gato se ha hecho gamer | Patricia Pons | TEDxCiutatVellaDeValencia

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    | Contributor(s):: Patricia Pons

    ¿Alguna vez has visto a un gato o a un mono jugar con un iPad? Es sorprendente, porque estos dispositivos no están hechos para animales. Pero... ¿qué pasaría si lo estuviesen? Patricia Pons nos cuenta cómo los investigadores en Animal Computer...

  16. The Problem with Treating a Dog Like a Pet | Kim Brophey | TEDxUNCAsheville

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    | Contributor(s):: Kim Brophey

    Applied Ethologist and Dog Behavior Specialist, Kim Brophey, analyzes the issues with the pet industry and outlines a new dog training program that values a relationship based on mutual understandings rather than one based on dominance and control. Kim Brophey, CDBC, is an applied ethologist...

  17. The Dog in Me | Erin Maxson | TEDxSouthMountainCommunityLibrary

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    | Contributor(s):: Erin Maxson

    The story of how my life was changed by many dogs and what I learned from them.  This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

  18. Brain regions involved in observing and trying to interpret dog behaviour

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    | Contributor(s):: Charlotte Desmet, Alko van der Wiel, Marcel Brass

    Humans and dogs have interacted for millennia. As a result, humans (and especially dog owners) sometimes try to interpret dog behaviour. While there is extensive research on the brain regions that are involved in mentalizing about other peoples’ behaviour, surprisingly little is known of...

  19. Dog Whisper || Manoor Sachdev || TEDxSIULavale | Manoor Sachdev | TEDxSIULavale

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    | Contributor(s):: Manoor Sachdev

    “We as humans think we are great but we are not. We are supposed to take inspiration from life because it is your biggest gift” Manoor Sachdev is a chief canine student at Canines Solution private limited. His foremost responsibility is attracting, engaging, developing and finding...

  20. Dog attachment and perceived social support in overweight/obese and healthy weight children

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    | Contributor(s):: Deborah E. Linder, Jennifer M. Sacheck, Farzad Noubary, Miriam E. Nelson, Lisa M. Freeman

    The development of effective and sustainable interventions to treat childhood obesity remains both a priority and a challenge. Previous studies support that dogs provide social support in overweight adults in obesity interventions, but the child-dog relationship is not as well understood. The...