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  1. Effects of guest feeding programs on captive giraffe behavior

    Contributor(s):: Orban, D. A., Siegford, J. M., Snider, R. J.

    Zoological institutions develop human-animal interaction opportunities for visitors to advance missions of conservation, education, and recreation; however, the animal welfare implications largely have yet to be evaluated. This behavioral study was the first to quantify impacts of guest feeding...

  2. Post-communist canine: a feminist approach to women and dogs in canine performance sports in Poland

    Contributor(s):: Wlodarczyk, J.

    The article attempts to present the complexity of relationships between women, capitalism, democracy, and competitive dog training in post-communist Poland. The article documents the correlation between increased involvement of women in competitive canine sports in Poland after 1989, changes in...

  3. Changing human-animal relationships in sport: an analysis of the UK and Australian horse racing whips debates

    Contributor(s):: Graham, R., McManus, P.

    Changing social values and new technologies have contributed to increasing media attention and debate about the acceptable use of animals in sport. This paper focuses on the use of the whip in thoroughbred horse racing. Those who defend its use argue it is a necessary tool needed for safety,...

  4. Interaction with shelter dogs reduces negative affect of adolescents in substance use disorder treatment

    Contributor(s):: Ellsworth, L. M., Tragesser, S., Newberry, R. C.

    We investigated the effectiveness of a human-animal interaction program, involving dogs from an animal shelter, in improving affect of adolescent males in inpatient treatment for substance use disorder (SUD). We hypothesized that adolescents would experience improvements in affect and attitudes...

  5. Development of personality tests to use in the field, stable over time and across situations, and linked to horses' show jumping performance

    Contributor(s):: Lansade, L., Philippon, P., Herve, L., Vidament, M.

    This study aimed to identify tests that include all the criteria necessary to characterise reliably the personality of horses on a large scale: stability of measures across situations and over time, evaluation of independent dimensions, links with use and easy to organise for a large number of...

  6. What is a canine athlete?

    Contributor(s):: Zink, M. C., Dyke, J. B. van

    Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation is the newest specialty in veterinary medicine. It encompasses and integrates a variety of fields, including orthopedics, exercise physiology, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, nutrition, and others. Rehabilitation, which includes conditioning...

  7. To jump or not to jump? Strategies employed by leisure and sport horses

    Contributor(s):: Gorecka-Bruzda, A., Jastrzebska, E., Muszynska, A., Jedrzejewska, E., Jaworski, Z., Jezierski, T., Murphy, J.

  8. Does horse temperament influence horse-rider cooperation? (Special Issue: Equitation science.)

    Contributor(s):: Visser, E. K., Reenen, C. G. van, Blokhuis, M. Z., Morgan, E. K. M., Hassmen, P., Rundgren, T. M. M., Blokhuis, H. J.

    Cooperation between rider and horse is of major importance in equitation. A balanced team of horse and rider improves (sport) performances and welfare aspects by decreasing stress, frustration, risks of injuries, and accidents. Important features affecting the cooperation are the physical skills,...

  9. Nutrition for working and service dogs

    Contributor(s):: Wakshlag, J., Shmalberg, J.

    Conformation, genetics, and behavioral drive are the major determinants of success in canine athletes, although controllable variables, such as training and nutrition, play an important role. The scope and breadth of canine athletic events has expanded dramatically in the past 30 years, but with...

  10. Effects of the level of experience of horses and their riders on cortisol release, heart rate and heart-rate variability during a jumping course

    Contributor(s):: Ille, N., Lewinski, M. von, Erber, R., Wulf, M., Aurich, J., Mostl, E., Aurich, C.

  11. Coping in groups of domestic horses - review from a social and neurobiological perspective

    Contributor(s):: VanDierendonck, M. C., Spruijt, B. M.

  12. Repeatability and reliability of scores from ridden temperament tests conducted during performance tests

    Contributor(s):: Borstel, U. K. V., Pirsich, W., Gauly, M., Bruns, E.

  13. Fish welfare: a challenge to the feelings-based approach, with implications for recreational fishing

    Contributor(s):: Arlinghaus, R., Cooke, S. J., Schwab, A., Cowx, I. G.

    Fish welfare issues are increasingly appearing on social and political agendas and have recently gained prominence in fisheries literature. By focusing on examples from recreational fishing, this paper challenges some of the previous accounts of fish welfare. Issues of concern encompass: (1) the...

  14. Grazing behavior of sheep at different stocking rates in the Inner Mongolian steppe, China

    Contributor(s):: Lin, LiJun, Dickhoefer, U., Muller, K., Wurina, Susenbeth, A.

    In free-ranging or grazing animals, physical activity can account for a substantial proportion of their total energy requirement with considerable consequences for animals at low production level. This study evaluated the effect of grazing intensity (GI) on behavior and walking distance of sheep...

  15. The effect of time left alone at home on dog welfare

    Contributor(s):: Rehn, T., Keeling, L. J.

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of time left alone on dog behaviour and cardiac activity. Twelve privately owned dogs, with no history of separation related behaviour problems, were video-recorded on three different occasions when left alone in their home environment. The...

  16. Effect of dietary fibre type on physical activity and behaviour in kennelled dogs

    Contributor(s):: Bosch, G., Beerda, B., Hoek, E. van de, Hesta, M., Poel, A. F. B. van der, Janssens, G. P. J., Hendriks, W. H.

    Dog diets may differ in their effectiveness of maintaining satiety after a meal. Consequently, sensations of hunger, feeding motivation, physical activity, and sensitivity to environmental stressors may be increased. Dietary fibre may be effective in prolonging postprandial satiety depending on...

  17. Extensive infanticide in enclosed European wild boars ( Sus scrofa )

    Contributor(s):: Andersson, A., Valros, A., Rombin, J., Jensen, P.

    Infanticidal behaviour, behaviour with wide welfare implications, is wide-spread among animals of various taxonomic groups, but has not previously been systematically studied in European wild boars, which are commonly kept in enclosures in Sweden and Finland for meat and recreation hunting. We...

  18. Horses' responses to variation in human approach

    Contributor(s):: Birke, L., Hockenhull, J., Creighton, E., Pinno, L., Mee, J., Mills, D.

    The behaviour of humans around horses is thought to have a substantial impact on how people are perceived in subsequent interactions and many horse trainers give detailed advice on how handlers should behave when initially approaching a loose horse. Here we report on three studies designed to...

  19. Bioethics, a coherent birdcall for the animal well-being

    Contributor(s):: Perez Garcia, L., Ribot Guzman, E., Joa Rodriguez, R., Romero Hernandez, Y.

    Independently of the work of environmental education that is carried out in the country, in the past few years, in a part of the sectors of the younger population's, has raised up the interest for the fights of dogs and of roosters, among other practices that affect the animal well-being. How to...

  20. Special issue: Fish Behaviour and Welfare. (Special issue: Fish Behaviour and Welfare.)

    Contributor(s):: Sneddon, L. U.

    This special issue contains topics on the welfare of fishes in the aquaculture and fishery industries, including aspects on behaviour, feeding, diseases, transgenesis and toxicology.