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  1. Picture Perfect Pups: How Do Attributes of Photographs of Dogs in Online Rescue Profiles Affect Adoption Speed?

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

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

  2. Bonds Beyond Time: Are There Differences In Well-Being, Autonomy, And Bond Between Visually Impaired Individuals With Guide Dogs Versus Pet Dogs?

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    | Contributor(s):: Nicole Yarmolkevich

    Well-being is a broad umbrella term that encompasses an individual’s appraisal of situations and events and their satisfaction with life (Diener, 1994). Research has shown that having a severe disability can negatively impact a person’s sense of well-being. Specifically, research...

  3. A Defense of Free-Roaming Cats from a Hedonist Account of Feline Well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: C. E. Abbate

    There is a widespread belief that for their own safety and for the protection of wildlife, cats should be permanently kept indoors. Against this view, I argue that cat guardians have a duty to provide their feline companions with outdoor access. The argument is based on a sophisticated...

  4. Ride Utah! Resiliency-Building Horse Rides for Military Personnel and Families

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    | Contributor(s):: Karl H. Hoopes, Makenna Osborne

    To introduce and provide equine-related activities to military personnel and their families, Utah State University Equine Extension created and implemented an effective program called Ride Utah! Equine-related activities have been shown to improve mental health and build strong family...

  5. Reward Preferences in Domestic Horses (Equus caballus)

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    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth E. Jaeger

    The present study examined stress response in domestic horses (Equus caballus) to determine if horses show preference for either traditional or natural horsemanship training methods to test the hypothesis that natural horsemanship would induce less stress. Our results show that natural...

  6. The View of the French Dog Breeders in Relation to Female Reproduction, Maternal Care and Stress during the Peripartum Period

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    | Contributor(s):: Natalia R. dos Santos, Alexandra Beck, Alain Fontbonne

    In France, as in many other western countries, dogs are an important part of the society as pets or working animals. The exact demand for puppies in France is unknown, as is the proportion of dogs coming from different breeding sources. Nevertheless, the origin of puppies is important since...

  7. Displays of Jealousy in Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Cassandra D. Beck

    Wolves (Canis Lupis) were domesticated into the common dog (Canis Familiaris) at least 15 thousand years ago. The domestication process changed wolves both physically and neurologically. Dogs now have a unique connection with humans, and display many of the same personality traits and cognitive...

  8. Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara

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    The mission of Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara is to empower people to live more fulfilling lives through the human-animal bond.

  9. A Treatment Plan for Dogs (Canis familiaris) That Show Impaired Social Functioning towards Their Owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Joke Monteny, Christel Palmyre Henri Moons

    Many domestic dogs are uncomfortable when humans perform trivial and benign actions that the animals perceive as threatening. A common technique for addressing canine emotional discomfort involves desensitization, where the intensity of a problematic stimulus is gradually increased while the...

  10. Keeping Man's Best Friend His Best Friend: Why Minors Should Not Witness Animal Abuse and Legislation that can Prevent this Exposure

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    | Contributor(s):: Kaleah M. Ault

  11. Social Referencing in the Domestic Horse

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne Schrimpf, Marie-Sophie Single, Christian Nawroth

    Dogs and cats use human emotional information directed to an unfamiliar situation to guide their behavior, known as social referencing. It is not clear whether other domestic species show similar socio-cognitive abilities in interacting with humans. We investigated whether horses (n = 46)...

  12. Kinetics of Fluorescein in Tear Film After Eye Drop Instillation in Beagle Dogs: Does Size Really Matter?

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    | Contributor(s):: Lionel Sebbag, Nicolette S. Kirner, Rachel A. Allbaugh, Alysha Reis, Jonathan P. Mochel

    The study aimed to determine the impact of drop size on tear film pharmacokinetics and assess important physiological parameters associated with ocular drug delivery in dogs. Two separate experiments were conducted in eight healthy Beagle dogs: (i) Instillation of one drop (35 μl) or two...

  13. Developing Diagnostic Frameworks in Veterinary Behavioral Medicine: Disambiguating Separation Related Problems in Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Luciana S. de Assis, Raquel Matos, Thomas W. Pike, Oliver H. P. Burman, Daniel S. Mills

    Diagnoses are widely used in both human and veterinary medicine to describe the nature of a condition; by contrast, syndromes are collections of signs that consistently occur together to form a characteristic presentation. Treatment of syndromes, due to either their lack of a clear biological...

  14. The interplay between affect, dog's physical activity and dog-owner relationship

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    | Contributor(s):: Vaataja, H., Majaranta, P., Cardo, A. V., Isokoski, P., Somppi, S., Vehkaoja, A., Vainio, O., Surakka, V.

    Leaving a dog home alone is part of everyday life for most dog owners. Previous research shows that dog–owner relationship has multifarious effects on dog behavior. However, little is known about the interplay between dog–owner relationship, physical activity of the dog, and affective...

  15. Beneficios da pet terapia: a interacao entre os animais e as criancas

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodrigues, N. J. L., Manzini, S., Oliveira, N. N., Madureira, S. J. L., Langoni, H., Torres, S. J. L. R.

    A domesticação dos animais tem registros de longa data. Atualmente sabe-se por meio de dados de pesquisas, testes e empirismo que a interação com um animal traz grandes benefícios ao bem-estar humano. Considerando-se os cães, mundialmente é...

  16. Randomized, placebo-controlled prospective clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of the Assisi anti-anxiety device (calmer canine) for the treatment of canine separation anxiety

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    | Contributor(s):: Pankratz, K., Korman, J., Emke, C., Johnson, B., Griffith, E. H., Gruen, M. E.

    Introduction: Separation anxiety (SA) is among the most common canine behavior disorders and affects quality-of-life for dogs and their owners. Dogs with SA show signs of anxiety during absence or perceived absence of their owners. While psychoactive medications are often helpful for...

  17. Ha criterios para a inclusao de caes de intervencoes assistidas por animais em ambiente universitario?

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    | Contributor(s):: Mores, M. C. P., Cintra, A. C. R., Cavalcante, C. Z., Sotomaior, C. S., Michelotto, A. L. L.

    Estudantes universitários passam por diferentes experiências estressantes, interferindo na vida acadêmica ou mesmo impedindo sua continuidade. Programas de Intervenções Assistidas por Animais (IAA) são utilizados em escolas e universidades para minimizar o...

  18. Dogs and wolves differ in their response allocation to their owner/caregiver or food in a concurrent choice procedure

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    | Contributor(s):: Isernia, L., Wynne, C. D. L., House, L., Feuerbacher, E. N.

     Dogs and wolves both show attachment-like behaviors to their owners/caregivers, including exploring more in the presence of the owner/caregiver, and greeting the owner/caregiver more effusively after an absence. Concurrent choice studies can elucidate dogs’ and wolves’...

  19. Characterizing pet acquisition and retention during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    | Contributor(s):: Hoffman, C. L., Thibault, M., Hong, J.

    In March 2020, Americans began experiencing numerous lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some reports have suggested that pet acquisition and ownership increased during this period, and some have suggested shelters and rescues will be overwhelmed once pandemic-related restrictions are...

  20. Does the sex of the search and rescue (SAR) dog handler affect the work of the rescue team?

    | Contributor(s):: Wojtas, J., Zielinski, D., Karpinski, M.

    The handler's sex, as well as his personality and individual predispositions, may affect his suitability for work in rescue services. In addition, handler's susceptibility to stress may affect the effects of search and rescue (SAR) dog's work. The aim of the study was to analyze the salivary...