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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. Takoda Service Dogs

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    The Takoda Service Dogs mission is to breed, raise and professionally train service dogs to be provided at no cost to disabled military veterans and first responders with PTSD and other disabilities; to educate the public on the need for professionally trained service dogs, the laws that apply...

  11. Biomedical Scent Detection Dogs: Would They Pass as a Health Technology?

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    | Contributor(s):: Mirkka Koivusalo, Catherine Reeve

    Biomedical scent detection dogs identify the scent profiles of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes or pathogenic micro-organisms.  What the field of biomedical scent detection has been lacking, however, is the assessment of the method from the point of view of a health technology. All...

  12. Paws with a Purpose

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    Founded in 2003, Paws with Purpose (PwP) is a 501(c) non-profit organization that provides highly skilled Assistance Dogs as partners to children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. These dogs provide comfort and companionship; help to break down social barriers, and...

  13. Mission K9 Rescue

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    Mission K9 Rescue's mission is to rescue, reunite, rehome, rehabilitate and repair any retired working dog that has served mankind in some capacity. Based in Houston, they provide assistance and support for Working Dogs worldwide. The organization’s purpose for existence is to...

  14. 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...

  15. Investigation of the behavioral characteristics of dogs purpose-bred and prepared to perform Vapor Wake detection of person-borne explosives

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    | Contributor(s):: Lazarowski, L., Haney, P. S., Brock, J., Fischer, T., Rogers, B., Angle, C., Katz, J. S., Waggoner, L. P.

    Specialized detector dogs are increasingly being utilized for the detection of modern threats. The Vapor Wake® (VW) dog was developed to create a dog phenotype ideally suited for detecting hand-carried and body-worn explosives. VW dogs (VWDs) are trained to sample and alert to...

  16. Protein expression and genetic variability of canine Can f 1 in golden and Labrador retriever service dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Breitenbuecher, C., Belanger, J. M., Levy, K., Mundell, P., Fates, V., Gershony, L., Famula, T. R., Oberbauer, A. M.

    Background: Valued for trainability in diverse tasks, dogs are the primary service animal used to assist individuals with disabilities. Despite their utility, many people in need of service dogs are sensitive to the primary dog allergen, Can f 1, encoded by the Lipocalin 1 gene (LCN1). Several...

  17. Early evaluation of fearfulness in future guide dogs for blind people

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    | Contributor(s):: Menuge, F., Marcet-Rius, M., Jochem, M., Francois, O., Assali, C., Chabaud, C., Teruel, E., Guillemot, J., Pageat, P.

    Fear is the leading cause of guide dog failure. Detecting the nature and causes of these fears as early as possible is the first step in preventing their occurrence. The process of habituation is a fundamental part of fear prevention. In this study, 11 puppies, all five months of age, underwent...

  18. A Randomized Cross-Over Trial Comparing the Effect of Intramuscular Versus Intranasal Naloxone Reversal of Intravenous Fentanyl on Odor Detection in Working Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer L. Essler, Paige G. Smith, Danielle Berger, Elizabeth Gregorio, M. Ross Pennington, Amanda McGuire, Kenneth G. Furton, Cynthia M. Otto

    Fentanyl is a potent opioid used clinically as a pain medication and anesthetic but has recently seen a sharp rise as an illicit street drug. The potency of fentanyl means mucous membrane exposure to a small amount of the drug can expose first responders, including working canines, to...

  19. Is cognition the secret to working dog success?

    | Contributor(s):: Hare, B., Ferrans, M.

  20. Long-term behavioral resilience in search-and-rescue dogs responding to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

    | Contributor(s):: Hare, Elizabeth, Kelsey, Kathleen M., Niedermeyer, Greta M., Otto, Cynthia M.