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  1. Dog behaviour prediction testing

    Contributor(s):: Florian, M., Kottferova, J.

  2. Breed group differences in the unsolvable problem task: Herding dogs prefer their owner, while solitary hunting dogs seek stranger proximity

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    | Contributor(s):: Van Poucke, Enya, Höglin, Amanda, Jensen, Per, Roth, Lina S. V.

    The communicating skills of dogs are well documented and especially their contact-seeking behaviours towards humans. The aim of this study was to use the unsolvable problem paradigm to investigate differences between breed groups in their contact-seeking behaviours towards their owner and a...

  3. Discrimination of SARS-CoV-2 infected patient samples by detection dogs: A proof of concept study

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer L. Essler, Sarah A. Kane, Pat Nolan, Elikplim H. Akaho, Amalia Z. Berna, Annemarie DeAngelo, Richard A. Berk, Patricia Kaynaroglu, Victoria L. Plymouth, Ian D. Frank, Susan R. Weiss, Audrey R. Odom John, Cynthia M. Otto

    While the world awaits a widely available COVID-19 vaccine, availability of testing is limited in many regions and can be further compounded by shortages of reagents, prolonged processing time and delayed results. One approach to rapid testing is to leverage the volatile organic compound (VOC)...

  4. Does benchmarking of rating scales improve ratings of search performance given by specialist search dog handlers?

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    | Contributor(s):: Clark, C. C. A., Rooney, N. J.

    Rating scales are widely used to rate working dog behavior and performance. Whilst behaviour scales have been extensively validated, instruments used to rate ability have usually been designed by training and practitioner organizations, and often little consideration has been given to how...

  5. Sex differences in the herding styles of working sheepdogs and their handlers

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    | Contributor(s):: Erin Kydd, Paul McGreevy

    Working sheepdog trials test the attributes of dogs as well as the dogmanship and stockmanship skills of handlers. They generally include standard elements such as outrun, lift, fetch, drive, shed, pen and single to test all facets of the work that dogs perform on a farm. While both male and...

  6. Incidence and impact of dog attacks on guide dogs in the UK: an update

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    | Contributor(s):: Moxon, R., Whiteside, H., England, G. C. W.

    Data on dog attacks on Guide Dogs' stock were reviewed to investigate the characteristics of the attacks. An average of 11.2 attacks occurred each month. Nearly all of the attacks occurred in public areas, 68.4 per cent of victim dogs were qualified guide dogs and 55.5 per cent of victim...

  7. A welfare assessment scoring system for working equids—A method for identifying at risk populations and for monitoring progress of welfare enhancement strategies (trialed in Egypt)

    | Contributor(s):: Ali, Ahmed B. A., El Sayed, Mohammed A., Matoock, Mohamed Y., Fouad, Manal A., Heleski, Camie R.

    There are an estimated 112 million horses, donkeys and mules (i.e., working equids) in developing regions of the world. Though their roles are often fundamental to the well-being of the families they work for, their welfare is often severely compromised due to the limited resources and/or...

  8. Identifying and Resolving End of Session Cues in Substance Detection Canine Training

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    | Contributor(s):: Jan Topoleski, Craig A. Schlutz, Wynn G. Warren

    When training and working a substance detection canine, a trained final response should be performed immediately upon recognition of odor (Generally, a 1–3 s window is preferred within our detection practices). Typical canine training places much emphasis on planning and setting up...

  9. Service dogs in the hospital: helpful or harmful? A case report and clinical recommendations

    | Contributor(s):: Pellegrino, L. D., Cerimele, J. M., Dubovsky, A. N.

  10. Runne-Beana: dog herds ethnographer

    | Contributor(s):: Anderson, M.

    Saami society in Lapland (now often called Saapmi), particularly the seasonally-nomadic reindeer-breeding sector, is predicated upon mobility and autonomy of its actors. Runne-Beana, a talented reindeer-herding dog, exhibited both mobility and autonomy when allocating to himself a peripatetic...

  11. The interaction of the pantaneiro man with his horse.

    | Contributor(s):: RS Juliano, SA Santos, UGP de Abreu, Rams Silva, MTBD Araujo

    The importance of the Pantaneiro horse for the man who lives in the field, creating and working the cattle, is evident and it is an interface of pantanal everyday life, still little studied, under the specific perspective of science. The text brings information from the literature and from...

  12. Service dogs in the hospital: helpful or harmful? A case report and clinical recommendations

    | Contributor(s):: Pellegrino, L. D., Cerimele, J. M., Dubovsky, A. N.

  13. Olfactory discrimination and generalization of ammonium nitrate and structurally related odorants in Labrador retrievers

    | Contributor(s):: Lazarowski, L., Foster, M. L., Gruen, M. E., Sherman, B. L., Fish, R. E., Milgram, N. W., Dorman, D. C.

    A critical aspect of canine explosive detection involves the animal's ability respond to novel, untrained odors based on prior experience with training odors. In the current study, adult Labrador retrievers ( N=15) were initially trained to discriminate between a rewarded odor (vanillin) and an...

  14. Helping assistance dog owners

    | Contributor(s):: Fraser, M.

  15. Traits of drug and explosives detection in dogs of two breeds as evaluated by their handlers and trainers

    | Contributor(s):: Adamkiewicz, E., Jezierski, T., Walczak, M., Gorecka-Bruzda, A., Sobczynska, M., Prokopczyk, M., Ensminger, J.

    Police dogs handlers' and trainers' opinions on Labrador retrievers (n=87) and German shepherds (n=96) trained for drugs vs. explosives detection have been compared. As most important traits in both specialties the responders indicated: (1) willingness to sniff objects, (2) concentration...

  16. The Ethical Disconnect of the Circus: Humanity's acceptance of Performing Elephants

    | Contributor(s):: Jaynes, Mike

  17. Anthropomorphism in Japanese women's status terms used in talk to potential guide dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Koda, N.

    "The attitudes of Japanese volunteer puppy walkers toward potentialguide dogs is clarified by [analyzing] what they say to their dogs [in terms of anthropomorphism]."

  18. 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...

  19. Do you see what i see? Can non-experts with minimal training reproduce expert ratings in behavioral assessments of working dogs?

    | Contributor(s):: Fratkin, J. L., Sinn, D. L., Thomas, S., Hilliard, S., Olson, Z., Gosling, S. D.

    Working-dog organizations often use behavioral ratings by experts to evaluate a dog's likelihood of success. However, these experts are frequently under severe time constraints. One way to alleviate the pressure on limited organizational resources would be to use non-experts to assess dog...

  20. Gazing toward humans: a study on water rescue dogs using the impossible task paradigm

    | Contributor(s):: D'Aniello, B., Scandurra, A., Prato-Previde, E., Valsecchi, P.

    Various studies have assessed the role of life experiences, including learning opportunities, living conditions and the quality of dog-human relationships, in the use of human cues and problem-solving ability. The current study investigates how and to what extent training affects the behaviour of...