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  1. Pet loss and grief: identifying at-risk pet owners during the euthanasia process

    | Contributor(s):: Barnard-Nguyen, S., Breit, M., Anderson, K. A., Nielsen, J.

    Pet owners often experience complex and profound grief reactions when their animals are euthanized. Veterinary staff are increasingly being called upon to be aware of and to respond to the grief reactions of pet owners at this critical time. The objectives of this study were to identify pet...

  2. An investigation of the Rusbult Investment Model of commitment in relationships with pets

    | Contributor(s):: Baker, Z. G., Petit, W. E., Brown, C. M.

    The present research examines relationships between people and their pets through the lens of the Rusbult Investment Model. The Rusbult Investment Model identifies important antecedents to commitment in a relationship: satisfaction with the relationship, quality of alternatives to the...

  3. Predictors of views about punishing animal abuse

    | Contributor(s):: Bailey, S. K. T., Sims, V. K., Chin, M. G.

    The current study used scenarios of animal cruelty based on actual events to explore what factors predict perceptions of punishments for animal cruelty. Five hundred thirty-eight university undergraduates participated in the study. Participants read scenarios based on an actual event of animal...

  4. Is there a bias against stray cats in shelters? People's perception of shelter cats and how it influences adoption time

    | Contributor(s):: Dybdall, K., Strasser, R.

    The determination of adoptability is a fundamental issue facing shelters wishing to rehome cats. Many shelters in the United States cannot keep a cat indefinitely and increased time in the shelter environment may lead to reduced animal welfare due to chronic stress or euthanasia. In a series of...

  5. Improved nonhuman animal welfare is related more to income equality than it is to income

    | Contributor(s):: Morris, M. C.

    The link between nonhuman animal welfare, income, and income inequality (Gini coefficient) was tested using consumption of animal products, laws protecting animals on the farm from the worst abuses, and animals used in experimentation as indicators. Experimentation on all animals and on rodents...

  6. The value of puppy raisers' assessments of potential guide dogs' behavioral tendencies and ability to graduate

    | Contributor(s):: Batt, L. S., Batt, M. S., Baguley, J. A., McGreevy, P. D.

    Using logistic regression analysis, we examined the use of questionnaires to evaluate variables that predict successful completion of a guide dog training program. The model compared the questionnaire responses from individual puppy raisers (PRs) with their dog's success in the guide dog training...

  7. Low income owners do not have more dogs: modeling animal count according to their owners

    | Contributor(s):: Martins, C. M., Mohamed, A., Guimaraes, A. M. S., Barros, C. da C. de, Pampuch, R. dos S., Svoboda, W., Ferreira, F., Biondo, A. W.

  8. Methods used to estimate the size of the owned cat and dog population: a systematic review

    | Contributor(s):: Downes, M. J., Dean, R. S., Stavisky, J. H., Adams, V. J., Grindlay, D. J. C., Brennan, M. L.

  9. Neuroticism and religious coping uniquely predict distress severity among bereaved pet owners

    | Contributor(s):: Lee, S. A., Surething, N. A.

  10. Pet's presence and owner's blood pressures during the daily lives of pet owners with pre- to mild hypertension

    | Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A., Son, H. S., Chapa, D., McCune, S.

  11. Battered pets and domestic violence: Animal abuse reported by women experiencing intimate violence and by nonabused women

    | Contributor(s):: Ascione, Frank R., Weber, Claudia V., Thompson, Teresa M., Heath, John, Maruyama, Mika, Hayashi, Kentaro

  12. Behavioral and physiological predictors of guide dog success

    | Contributor(s):: Tomkins, L. M., Thomson, P. C., McGreevy, P. D.

    A range of mobility aids are available to assist people living with vision impairment, and of these, guide dog ownership offers them several unique benefits. However, training a dog to be a successful guide dog comes at a high cost (approximately AU$30,000). Therefore, the aim of this study was...

  13. Early prediction of adult police dog efficiency - a longitudinal study

    | Contributor(s):: Slabbert, J. M., Odendaal, J. S. J.

    At the South African Police Service Dog Breeding Centre, behaviour tests were developed specifically for police dogs to predict their efficiency as adults. The tests were carried out on 167 puppies between January 1994 and March 1996. The sample consisted of 49 different litters from 34 stud dogs...

  14. Personality and performance in military working dogs: reliability and predictive validity of behavioral tests

    | Contributor(s):: Sinn, D. L., Gosling, S. D., Hilliard, S.

    Quantification and description of individual differences in behavior, or personality differences, is now well-established in the working dog literature. What is less well-known is the predictive relationship between particular dog behavioral traits (if any) and important working outcomes. Here we...

  15. The management and behavioural history of 100 dogs reported for biting a person

    | Contributor(s):: O'Sullivan, E. N., Jones, B. R., O'Sullivan, K., Hanlon, A. J.

    This paper analyses behavioural and management history data provided by 100 owners of dogs that had bitten a person. The data was obtained by telephone interview of volunteer dog owners. Two sub-sets of data were created using 21 dogs having no history of perceived aggressive behaviour prior to...

  16. Pets, depression and long-term survival in community living patients following myocardial infarction

    | Contributor(s):: Friedmann, E., Thomas, S. A., Son, H. S.

    Evidence supports the contribution of depression, anxiety, and poor social support to mortality of hospitalized myocardial infarction (MI) patients. The contribution of depression to survival is independent of disease severity. Pet ownership, a non-human form of social support, has also been...

  17. Factors affecting the likelihood of release of injured and orphaned woodpigeons ( Columba palumbus )

    | Contributor(s):: Kelly, A., Halstead, C., Hunter, D., Leighton, K., Grogan, A., Harris, M.

    Very little is known about the fate of the large numbers of injured and orphaned wild animals taken to wildlife rehabilitation centres in the UK each year. We reviewed the reasons for admission and outcomes for 2,653 woodpigeons (Columba palumbus), 68% of which were juveniles, brought to an RSPCA...

  18. Psychological and behavioral predictors of taking pet companions while traveling

    | Contributor(s):: Hung, Kuang-peng, Chen, Annie Huiling, Peng, Norman

  19. Applying the interpersonal circumplex to the behavioral styles of dogs and cats

    | Contributor(s):: Zeigler-Hill, V., Highfill, L.

    The present study examined the viability of the interpersonal circumplex, which was designed to examine human social behavior, as a model for considering the behavioral styles of dogs and cats. This was accomplished by recruiting 555 pet owners to report on the behavioral styles of their pets as...

  20. Early prediction of adult behaviour in potential guide dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Goddard, M. E., Beilharz, R. G.

    Between 4 weeks and 6 months of age, dogs were subjected to various behavioural tests. The ability of these tests to predict fearfulness, activity and learning ability of the dogs when adult was assessed. Consistent individual differences in fearfulness were apparent at about 8 weeks of age, and...