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  1. Attitude toward Companion and Guard Dogs in Hawaii: Health and Welfare Implications

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    | Contributor(s):: Lynn Morrison, Julie Ann Luiz Adrian, Marina Kelley, Johana Hill, Zachariah Tman, Dana-lynn Ko'omoa-Lange

    The island of Hawaii exhibits extremes in dog welfare ranging from dogs as family members to dogs used as commodities, either as guard or hunting dogs, with many lacking appropriate care. This study offers a preliminary exploration of people’s attitudes toward companion and noncompanion...

  2. Ecophysiology to understand elephants' crop raiding behavior.

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    | Contributor(s):: Steve Ngama, C. Vermeulen, J. Bindelle

    Conservation science has emerged to stem the current loss of biodiversity. To be efficient in this goal it needs integrative disciplines like ecophysiology, a biological field that studies the adaptation of an organism's physiology to environmental conditions. Surprisingly few...

  3. Advancing Genetic Selection and Behavioral Genomics of Working Dogs Through Collaborative Science

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    | Contributor(s):: Chen, F. L., Zimmermann, M., Hekman, J. P., Lord, K. A., Logan, B., Russenberger, J., Leighton, E. A., Karlsson, E. K.

    The ancient partnership between people and dogs is struggling to meet modern day needs, with demand exceeding our capacity to safely breed high-performing and healthy dogs. New statistical genetic approaches and genomic technology have the potential to revolutionize dog breeding, by...

  4. An Exploratory Study of Burial Identification Using Historic Human Remains Detection Dog Alerts and Inorganic Soil Analyses

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    | Contributor(s):: Britt Schlosshardt

    One point at which forensic science and historical archaeology intersect, and the focus of this thesis, is using the decidedly forensic avenues of trained dogs, probing, and chemical analyses of soils, informed by archaeological survey, to locate burials. Human remains detection dogs have...

  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. Public Perceptions of Australian Assistance Dogs: Happier and Better Used Than Companion Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Gibson, Paris Emmanuelle, Oliva, Jessica Lee

  7. Not all dogs are equal: perception of canine welfare varies with context

    | Contributor(s):: Cobb, M. L., Lill, A., Bennett, P. C.

  8. The relationship between working horse welfare state and their owners' empathy level and perception of equine pain

    | Contributor(s):: Luna, D., Vasquez, R. A., Yanez, J. M., Tadich, T.

  9. The ophthalmic health and refractive state of working dogs in South Brazil

    | Contributor(s):: Oliveira, J. K. de, Bortolini, M., Schaller, M., Schuchmann, R. K., Moore, B. A., Montiani-Ferreira, F.

  10. The Idaho K-9 Academy

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    The Idaho K-9 Academy is a dog training program that is a part of the Snake River Animal Shelter's mission to keep dogs out of the shelter and in their homes. The program aims to help families and their pets have a better understanding of one another! We offer obedience training--basic to...

  11. Olfactory Generalization in Detector Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Ariella Y. Moser, Lewis Bizo, Wendy Y. Brown

    Generalizing to target odor variations while retaining specificity against non-targets is crucial to the success of detector dogs under working conditions. As such, the importance of generalization should be considered in the formulation of effective training strategies. Research investigating...

  12. K9 Hero Haven

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    K9 Hero Haven is a non-profit 501(c)(3) made up by volunteer support, located in Herndon, PA.  Our mission is to provide retired working dogs a home for retirement.  We take in K9’s from U.S. Customs & Border Protection, K9’s from law enforcement agencies...

  13. War Horse, Other Animal Warriors and the Veterinarians Who Cared for Them

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    | Contributor(s):: Donald F. Smith

    Animals are still fighting and suffering in war. Though written for children, Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling book, War Horse, helps us understand the massive loss of animal life in the history of war. Dr. Delano Proctor also shares his experience as a veterinarian treating horses in...

  14. Behavioral and Physiological Differences between Working Horses and Chilean Rodeo Horses in a Handling Test

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    | Contributor(s):: Paula Rosselot, Tiago Mendonça, Igor González, Tamara Tadich

    Non-invasive measures are preferred when assessing animal welfare. Differences in behavioral and physiological responses toward a stressor could be the result of the selection of horses for specific uses. Behavioral and physiological responses of working and Chilean rodeo horses subjected to a...

  15. Comprehensive Report of the Caseload of Donkeys and Mules Presented to a Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital over a Ten-Year Period

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    | Contributor(s):: Lais R. R. Costa, Monica Aleman, Eric Davis

    Comprehensive reports of the caseload of donkeys and mules in veterinary hospitals in the United States are lacking. We compiled the information of the caseload of donkeys and mules at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis for a ten-year period, from...

  16. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Working Equid Community: Responses from 1530 Individuals Accessing NGO Support in 14 Low- and Middle-Income Countries

    | Contributor(s):: Wild, I., Gedge, A., Burridge, J., Burford, J.

  17. Enhancing the Selection and Performance of Working Dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Bray, E. E., Otto, C. M., Udell, M. A. R., Hall, N. J., Johnston, A. M., MacLean, E. L.

  18. Environmental Factors Associated with Success Rates of Australian Stock Herding Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth R. Arnott, Jonathan B. Early, Claire M. Wade, Paul D. McGreevy

    This study investigated the current management practices associated with stock herding dogs on Australian farms. A parallel goal was to determine whether these practices and the characteristics of the dog handlers were associated with success rates. Success rate refers to the proportion of dogs...

  19. A Pilot Welfare Assessment of Working Ponies on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

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    | Contributor(s):: Tova C. Pinsky, I Ketut Puja, Joshua Aleri, Jennifer Hood, Maria M. Sasadara, Teresa Collins

    Many working equids in developing countries experience poor health and welfare due to environmental and management factors. Collecting baseline data on these populations is essential to inform education projects to improve equid health and welfare. Gili Trawangan is an island in Indonesia that...

  20. The Perceived Value of Behavioural Traits in Australian Livestock Herding Dogs Varies with the Operational Context

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    | Contributor(s):: Jonathan Early, Elizabeth Arnott, Bethany Wilson, Claire Wade, Paul McGreevy

    This study investigated the value that handlers and breeders assign to various behavioural traits in Australian livestock herding dogs. Data were obtained from 811 handlers and breeders through the ‘Australian Farm Dog Survey’. Respondents were asked to consider dogs within four...