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  1. Austrian Veterinarians' Attitudes to Euthanasia in Equine Practice

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    | Contributor(s):: Svenja Springer, Florien Jenner, Alexander Tichy, Herwig Grimm

    Euthanasia of companion animals is a challenging responsibility in the veterinary profession since veterinarians have to consider not only medical, but also legal, economic, emotional, social, and ethical factors in decision-making. To this end; an anonymous questionnaire-based survey of...

  2. Investigating the Impact of Indemnity Waivers on the Length of Stay of Cats at an Australian Shelter

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    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Pockett, Bronwyn Orr, Evelyn Hall, Wye Li Chong, Mark Westman

    Due to resource limitations, animal shelters in Australia historically have focused on rehoming animals considered ‘highly adoptable’. Increasingly, animal shelters in Australia are rehoming animals with pre-existing medical and/or behavioural issues. These animals are often rehomed...

  3. Canine Endogenous Oxytocin Responses to Dog-Walking and Affiliative Human–Dog Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Lauren Powell, Kate M. Edwards, Adrian Bauman, Adam J. Guastella, Bradley Drayton, Emmanuel Stamatakis, Paul McGreevy

    Several studies suggest human–dog interactions elicit a positive effect on canine oxytocin concentrations. However, empirical investigations are scant and the joint influence of human–dog interaction and physical activity remains unexplored. The aims of the current study were to (a)...

  4. New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Foundation NFP

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    New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Foundation NFP encompasses the pride, passion, and teachings of horsemanship of the late Charles and Christa Thompson of New Parkway Riding Stables, and their daughter, Martha Thompson-Hoyt.  We believe that the power of the horse will guide our...

  5. Associations between Domestic-Dog Morphology and Behaviour Scores in the Dog Mentality Assessment

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    | Contributor(s):: Holly R. Stone, Paul D. McGreevy, Melissa J. Starling, Bjorn Forkman

    The domestic dog shows a wide range of morphologies, that humans have selected for in the process of creating unique breeds. Recent studies have revealed correlations between changes in morphology and behaviour as reported by owners. For example, as height and weight decrease, many undesirable...

  6. Proyecto DOGWER: piezas artísticas que expresan aquello que los niños autistas y hospitalizados sienten durante la interacción con un perro

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    | Contributor(s):: Rocío Pons Criado

    Proyecto DOGWER tiene como objetivo dar a conocer a la población el trabajo de los perros de terapia. Como desde hace tiempo se lleva haciendo, el arte ejerce la función comunicativa en este trabajo, mostrando así la interacción que se genera entre los pacientes y...

  7. The Effect of Noseband Tightening on Horses' Behavior, Eye Temperature, and Cardiac Responses

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    | Contributor(s):: Kate Fenner, Samuel Yoon, Peter White, Melissa Starling, Paul McGreevy

    Restrictive nosebands are common in equestrian sport. This is concerning, as recent evidence suggests that very tight nosebands can cause a physiological stress response, and may compromise welfare. The objective of the current study was to investigate relationships that noseband tightness has...

  8. O animal de companhia e a proteção animal urbana : pensando relações interespecíficas a partir da etnografia em Porto Alegre/RS

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    | Contributor(s):: Viviane Hippmann Gauer

    Inserido no âmbito da Antrozoologia, este trabalho intenciona pensar a relação humano-animal, tendo por enfoque a relação construída entre ativistas e simpatizantes da proteção animal urbana e os animais de companhia aos quais este...

  9. Attitudes and Practices of Australian Veterinary Professionals and Students towards Early Age Desexing of Cats

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    | Contributor(s):: Heather M. Crawford, Michael C. Calver

    Surgical desexing of cats is typically carried out after six months of age (Mature Age Desexing, MAD); between 4–6 months (Traditional Age Desexing, TAD); or before four months (Early Age Desexing, EAD). We complemented existing surveys of veterinarians’ acceptance of EAD with...

  10. Manejo de doenças infecciosas em gatos de abrigos

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    | Contributor(s):: Leticia Rodrigues Lopes

    O presente trabalho aborda o manejo de doenças infecciosas em abrigos de felinos. É importante entender e controlar alguns fatores básicos que predispoem as doenças infeciosas. Os principais fatores são: estresse, densidade populacional e...

  11. Consequences and Management of Canine Brachycephaly in Veterinary Practice: Perspectives from Australian Veterinarians and Veterinary Specialists

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne Fawcett, Vanessa Barrs, Magdoline Awad, Georgina Child, Laurencie Brunel, Erin Mooney, Fernando Martinez-Taboada, Beth McDonald, Paul McGreevy

    This article, written by veterinarians whose caseloads include brachycephalic dogs, argues that there is now widespread evidence documenting a link between extreme brachycephalic phenotypes and chronic disease, which compromises canine welfare. This paper is divided into nine sections exploring...

  12. Compassionate Conservation: Exploring the Lives of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) in Botswana

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    | Contributor(s):: Valli-Laurente Fraser-Celin, Alice J. Hovorka

    This paper argues for a more compassionate conservation by positioning animals as subjects in research and scholarship. Compassionate conservation is a multidisciplinary field of study that broadly attends to the ethical dimensions of conservation by merging conservation biology and animal...

  13. Auditory–Visual Matching of Conspecifics and Non-Conspecifics by Dogs and Human Infants

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Gergely, Eszter Petró, Katalin Oláh, József Topál

    We tested whether dogs and 14–16-month-old infants are able to integrate intersensory information when presented with conspecific and heterospecific faces and vocalisations. The looking behaviour of dogs and infants was recorded with a non-invasive eye-tracking technique while they were...

  14. K-9 Catch-22: The Impossible Dilemma of Using Police Dogs in Apprehension of Suspects

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    | Contributor(s):: Ann L. Schiavone

    In the past several years, the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has seen two canine police dogs (K-9s) killed in the line of duty, Rocco in January 2014, and Aren in January of 2016.  Both were killed by stab wounds while attempting to apprehend suspects. The man who killed Rocco received...

  15. Workhorse: The Horsemanship of Business | Alexandra Moran | TEDxValparaisoUniversity

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    | Contributor(s):: Alexandra Moran

    "Workhorse: The Horsemanship of Business" explores the power of equine assisted learning, or EAL. EAL is a method to weave the world of horses and their herds into the corporate and personal landscape, and to explore traits, techniques, and skills that humans and horses share. Through...

  16. The Other End of the Leash: An Experimental Test to Analyze How Owners Interact with Their Pet Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Giulia Cimarelli, Borbála Turcsán, Friederike Range, Zsófia Virányi

    It has been suggested that the way in which owners interact with their dogs can largely vary and influence the dog-owner bond, but very few objective studies, so far, have addressed how the owner interacts with the dog. The goal of the present study was to record dog owners' interaction...

  17. Equine-assisted activities and therapies for children with autism spectrum disorders

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    | Contributor(s):: B. Caitlin Peters

    Objective: The purpose of this dissertation is to systematically map, and then advance, the state of scientific and theoretical development of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAATs) for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Method: This dissertation is composed of two...

  18. Healing By Horseback

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    'Healing By Horseback' provides speech, physical and occupational therapy services to individuals with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas.

  19. Who's a Good Handler? Important Skills and Personality Profiles of Wildlife Detection Dog Handlers

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    | Contributor(s):: La Toya J. Jamieson, Greg S. Baxter, Peter J. Murray

    Wildlife detection dog teams are employed internationally for environmental surveys, and their success often depends on the dog handler. Minimal research is available on the skills that dog handlers believe are important, and no research has been published on the personality profiles of...

  20. Share Reading Dogs Program

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    Share Reading Dogs Program aims to motivate and encourage students with difficulty reading. Share (Special Human-Animal Relationships in Education) involves a dog and its handler working with students in need of extra help with their reading class.