Red Junglefowl Chicks Seek Contact With Humans During Foraging Task
| Contributor(s):: Diana Rubene, Hanne Løvlie
Contact seeking with humans is documented in some domestic animals, mainly dogs, which have advanced communication skills. Domestication as a companion animal is thought to underlie this ability. However, also domesticated horses and goats display similar human-directed behaviors. This suggests...
North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association (NOTRA)
NOTRA is a non-profit, registered charity that provides recreational therapeutic horseback riding lessons, therapeutic natural horsemanship lessons, therapeutic driving lessons, and other equine related programs for children and adults with special needs in the North Okanagan and Shuswap areas.
HERO Barn, a non-profit 501c3 horse and farm animal rescue organization, exists to provide rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted, abused, neglected or abandoned equine or farm animals, in part, through establishing mutually beneficial relationships with our community. Everyone getting what they...
Mothers' Reflections on Cat Ownership for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder During COVID-19
| Contributor(s):: Saskia Keville, Sophia De Vita, Amanda K. Ludlow
Animal- assisted interventions are increasingly used as a complementary therapy in clinical practice to support people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with promising outcomes compared to traditional therapies. Less is understood about the therapeutic benefits of more accessible and...
Interactions Between Sex and Pet Ownership on Attitudes Toward Children
| Contributor(s):: Aya Dudin, Mayra Linne Almanza-Sepulveda, Katherine T. Cost, Geoffrey B. Hall, Alison S. Fleming, Jonathan Freedman
Background: Many people are attached to their pets. This attachment shares characteristics with the parental attachment to children. Previous studies have established a sex difference in attitudes about children; women compared to men report more positive attitudes about children. However,...
Psychological Correlates of Attitudes toward Pet Relinquishment and of Actual Pet Relinquishment: The Role of Pragmatism and Obligation
| Contributor(s):: Rita Jacobetty, Diniz Lopes, Jaume Fatjó, Jonathan Bowen, David L. Rodrigues
Understanding pet relinquishment is essential to inform interventions and assess their impact. In a cross-sectional study, we explored how attitudes of lack of obligation and pragmatism toward pet relinquishment correlated with, and differed according to, sociodemographic characteristics (age,...
| Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog
It's Not Just A Dog: The Role of Companion Animals in the Family's Emotional System
| Contributor(s):: Cassandra Leow
Past studies have looked into the role of companion animals in families. This study intended to explore the role of companion animals in the family’s emotional system through the lens of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Data from a study on companion animal loss and grief were used. A...
The Influence of Flagship Species on In situ and Ex situ Wildlife Tourists' Connection to Wildlife and Pro-Conservation Behaviors
| Contributor(s):: Jeffrey Skibins
Annually, millions of tourists visit natural areas and zoos primarily to view flagship species such as lions and elephants. Venues rely on the inherent charisma of these species to increase visitation and anchor conservation efforts. Expected visitor outcomes from the use of flagships include...
Partners in Sickness and in Health? Relationship-Centered Veterinary Care and Self-Educated Pet Owners in Germany: A Structural Equation Model
| Contributor(s):: Alina M. Küeper, Roswitha Merle
In recent years, the web has become a widely used source for health information. Pet owners seem to respond to the supply of medical information on the Internet by increasing their self-education. However, after more than a decade of the digital revolution, little is known about the...
Whole-Genome Signatures of Selection in Sport Horses Revealed Selection Footprints Related to Musculoskeletal System Development Processes
| Contributor(s):: Siavash Salek Ardestani, Mehdi Aminafshar, Mohammad Bagher Zandi Baghche Maryam, Mohammad Hossein Banabazi, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Younes Miar
Selective breeding has led to gradual changes at the genome level of horses. Deciphering selective pressure patterns is progressive to understand how breeding strategies have shaped the sport horse genome; although, little is known about the genomic regions under selective pressures in sport...
An Analysis of Innovate Training with Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
| Contributor(s):: Raymond John Van Steyn
The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland conducted a training program in 2014 to develop a gestural command for their dolphins called “innovate”. This training paradigm was developed to resemble the seminal research by Pryor, Haag and O’Reilly (1969), as well as more...
Therapy Dogs in the College Classroom: The Effect of Dogs on Stress, Anxiety, and Spanish L2 Phonological Learning and Performance
| Contributor(s):: Elaine Maralee Henry
Anxiety and stress invoked by the second language classroom setting has the ability to cause numerous detrimental physiological changes which impair the learning process. A more natural, “immersion” type atmosphere is often desired when teaching a second language; however, this is...
Plasma Concentration of Advanced Glycation End-Products From Wild Canids and Domestic Dogs Does Not Change With Age or Across Body Masses
| Contributor(s):: Ana Gabriela Jimenez
Dogs provide a physiological paradox: In domestic dogs, small breeds live longer lives than large breed dogs. Comparatively, a wild canid can be a similar size than many large breed dogs and outlive their domestic cousin. We have previously shown that oxidative stress patterns between domestic...
Domestic Cat Ethology: Evaluating Social Media for Data Collection
| Contributor(s):: Patricia Casey
This study looked at whether user-submitted videos of cats could be used to increase understanding of their behavior. The findings suggest that the behaviors observed were consistent with prior research, and contain typical cat behavior. Depending on the research question, user-submitted videos...
Golden Healer Service Dogs
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Trap-Neuter-Return Programs and the Importance of Associated Public Awareness
| Contributor(s):: Nicolette Sliwa
The focus of this paper is to describe a typical Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program and highlight the major pros and cons surrounding this somewhat controversial method of managing the overwhelming free-roaming cat population. The effects of the species’ overabundance on the environment and...
Do Dog Owners REALLY Make Better Lovers?
What does science say about the connection between love, sex and owning a dog?
Characterizing Human–Dog Attachment Relationships in Foster and Shelter Environments as a Potential Mechanism for Achieving Mutual Wellbeing and Success
| Contributor(s):: Lauren E. Thielke, Monique A.R. Udell
This study aimed to characterize attachment relationships between humans and dogs living in animal shelters or foster homes, and to contextualize these relationships in the broader canine attachment literature. In this study, 21 pairs of foster dogs and foster volunteers and 31 pairs of shelter...
The Effects of Environmental Education on Children's Knowledge of Elephant Conservation in Rural and Urban Thailand
| Contributor(s):: Tamara Aird
Think Elephants International’s EE program educated students on issues surrounding elephant conservation. One open-ended response question from surveys was analyzed to determine whether there was a knowledge difference between locations. After participation, urban students referenced more...