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  1. How to run a puppy party: social saviour or social demon?

    Contributor(s):: Hargrave, C.

    A previous article (Hargrave 2013) discussed some of the predisposing factors that may make it difficult for a puppy's emotional and behavioural repertoire to develop as their owner may expect, potentially leading to puppies failing to cope in the domestic environment and developing compensating,...

  2. A cross-cultural comparison of reports by German Shepherd owners in Hungary and the United States of America

    Contributor(s):: Wan, M., Kubinyi, E., Miklosi, A., Champagne, F.

    Cross-cultural comparisons of dog behavior and dog-keeping practices are limited. The current study compared the questionnaire responses of German Shepherd owners in Hungary and the United States of America (USA). Owners provided information about their dog-keeping practices, as well as reports...

  3. Effect modification by familial predisposition when analyzing the influence of breastfeeding and pet keeping on the development of allergic diseases in children

    Contributor(s):: Pohlabeln, H.

    Introduction: In epidemiological studies an effect modification occurs if a statistical association between an exposure and an outcome differs depending on the levels of a third variable, which is not a deficiency of the study. However, if an effect modification is not accounted for in the...

  4. Classification of behaviour problems in dogs: distributions of age, breed, sex and reproductive status

    Contributor(s):: Wright, J. C., Nesselrote, M. S.

    170 behaviour problems were observed in 105 dogs referred for behaviour-problem management by practicing veterinarians. 90% of the observed behaviour problems were classified within three major categories: aggression; stimulus reactivity; separation-related. Aggression and stimulus reactivity...

  5. Biophilia in animal-assisted interventions - fad or fact?

    Contributor(s):: Joye, Y.

    Biophilia is commonly defined as the inborn predisposition to affiliate with, or to attend to, natural or natural-like elements and processes. In this paper, I explore whether there is sufficient reason to conclude that the therapeutic or ameliorative effects of animal-assisted interventions...

  6. Does exposure to dogs and cats in the first year of life influence the development of allergic sensitization?

    Contributor(s):: Ownby, D. R., Johnson, C. C.

    Purpose of review: The goal of the review is to place studies published after 1 June 2002, concerning the relationship between early life exposure to cats and dogs and the later development of allergy, within the context of the effects of other environmental exposures on allergic disease. Recent...