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  1. Early experiences modulate stress coping in a population of German shepherd dogs

    Contributor(s):: Foyer, Pernilla, Wilsson, Erik, Wright, Dominic, Jensen, Per

    Early experiences may alter later behavioural expressions in animals and these differences can be consistent through adulthood. In dogs, this may have a profound impact on welfare and working ability and, it is therefore interesting to evaluate how experiences during the first weeks of life...

  2. Behaviour and experiences of dogs during the first year of life predict the outcome in a later temperament test

    Contributor(s):: Foyer, Pernilla, Bjällerhag, Nathalie, Wilsson, Erik, Jensen, Per

    Early life experiences are known to shape the behavioural development of animals, and therefore events occurring during preadolescence and adolescence may have long-term effects. In dogs, this period of time may be important for later behaviour and thereby also the suitability of dogs for...

  3. Obedience training effects on search dog performance

    Contributor(s):: Alexander, Michael Ben, Friend, Ted, Haug, Lore

    Competent search dogs should be accurate, reliable, and work independently, yet be responsive to handler commands. The aim of this study was to identify training factors that contribute to producing competent search dogs. Demographics, obedience training methods, the age training was initiated,...

  4. Are there differences between behavioral measurement methods? A comparison of the predictive validity of two ratings methods in a working dog program

    Contributor(s):: Wilsson, Erik, Sinn, David L.

    Consistent behavioral variation within and between individuals is ubiquitous in all working dog populations. Most working dog programs have recognized this fact, and have subsequently attempted to quantify behavior through the use of standardized tests. Standardized tests may employ several...

  5. Assistance and Therapy Dogs Are Better Problem Solvers Than Both Trained and Untrained Family Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Carballo, F., Cavalli, C. M., Gacsi, M., Miklosi, A., Kubinyi, E.

    When faced with unsolvable or difficult situations dogs use different behavioral strategies. If they are motivated to obtain rewards, they either try to solve the problem on their own or tend to interact with a human partner. Based on the observation that in problem situations less successful and...

  6. Radiographic Identification of Osseous Cyst- Like Lesions in the Distal Phalanx in 22 Lame Thoroughbred Horses Managed Conservatively and Their Racing Performance

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    | Contributor(s):: Vanessa G. Peter, Thomas A. O'Keeffe, Lewis C. R. Smith, Daniela Schweizer-Gorgas

    Reasons for performing study: To investigate the racing performance of Thoroughbred horses with osseous cyst-like lesions (OCLLs) in the distal phalanx causing lameness and treated conservatively. Objectives: To assess horses’ ability to race and perform after radiographic identification...

  7. Disaster Preparedness among Service Dog Puppy- Raisers (Human Subject Sample)

    | Contributor(s):: DeYoung, S. E., Farmer, A. K., Callaro, Z., Naar, S.

  8. The interaction between behavioural traits and demographic and management factors in German Shepherd dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Friedrich, Juliane, Arvelius, Per, Strandberg, Erling, Polgar, Zita, Wiener, Pamela, Haskell, Marie J.

    As companion animals, a dog’s lifestyle is mainly determined by its owner. Discrepancies between the dog’s preferences and the owner’s lifestyle might lead to the occurrence of unwanted behaviours that affect both the owner-dog relationship and the dog’s welfare. The aim of this study was to...

  9. Comparing the predictive validity of behavioral codings and behavioral ratings in a working-dog breeding program

    | Contributor(s):: McGarrity, Monica E., Sinn, David L., Thomas, Scott G., Marti, C. Nathan, Gosling, Samuel D.

    Most working-dog breeding programs have a substantial interest in using behavioral assessments of their young dogs to predict their subsequent success. Different methods of measuring behavior may capture different aspects of behavior yet working-dog programs typically use only a single...

  10. Relationships between personality of human–dog dyads and performances in working tasks

    | Contributor(s):: Hoummady, Sara, Péron, Franck, Grandjean, Dominique, Cléro, Delphine, Bernard, Barbara, Titeux, Emmanuelle, Desquilbet, Loïc, Gilbert, Caroline

    Improving operational performances of working dog–human dyads is receiving more and more attention. Despite this interest, the associations between human personality, dog personality, dog-human personality matching and dyad performances have rarely been addressed. This study explores the links...

  11. 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 limited...

  12. Inhibitory control – Important trait for explosive detection performance in police dogs?

    | Contributor(s):: Tiira, Katriina, Tikkanen, Antti, Vainio, Outi

    Working dogs are used for a range of important operational tasks. Identifying potentially successful working dogs as early as possible is important as rejection rates are high and training is costly. Earlier research has mainly concentrated on personality traits such as boldness, and there is...

  13. Nature's disease detectives: animals | James Logan | TEDxLondon

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    | Contributor(s):: James Logan

    Could the solution to one of the world’s biggest killers already exist in nature? Professor James Logan answers this question, by demonstrating a surprising new way we can help diagnose and stop the spread of malaria, with help from animals. Animals are nature’s disease detectives....

  14. Terapias realizadas con perros | Miguel de Prado | TEDxGijon

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    | Contributor(s):: Miguel de Prado

    La actuación de las unidades caninas salvan muchas vidas. Su adiestramiento les permite en comunión con su monitor, localizar personas perdidas y ayudar en rescates. Pero también actúan como ayuda en terapias de recuperación. Miguel de Prado nos cuenta su...

  15. Benefits of intraspecific social exposure in adult Swiss military dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Gfrerer, Nastassja, Taborsky, Michael, Würbel, Hanno

    Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) are social animals and, therefore, social interactions with conspecifics are crucial for their welfare. However, in kennelled dogs, the ability to interact with conspecifics may be limited. Swiss military dogs, for instance, are kept individually without direct...

  16. Factors associated with long-term success in working police dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Brady, Karen, Cracknell, Nina, Zulch, Helen, Mills, Daniel S.

    With increasing threats of terrorism, police and military detection dogs are of growing importance for protecting servicemen/women and society. However, a relatively high proportion of potential working dogs fail to make full operational status, or are later withdrawn from service. To date,...

  17. Livestock guarding behaviour of Kangal dogs in their native habitat

    | Contributor(s):: Akyazi, Ibrahim, Ograk, Yusuf Ziya, Eraslan, Evren, Arslan, Murat, Matur, Erdal

    Kangal Shepherd Dog is one of the endemic large dog breeds in Anatolia, Turkey. It is bred in different regions of Turkey as well as in different countries as a livestock guarding dog (LGD). Being one of the most popular and common LGD breeds, basic behavioural traits and the effectiveness of...

  18. What I Learned About Respect from Horses | Connie Crawford | TEDxBrownU

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    | Contributor(s):: Connie Crawford

    Connie Crawford is a lifelong horsewoman​. She practices Tom Dorrance’s approach to working with horses. Connie teaches and directs theatre at Brown University. She studied acting with Uta Hagen, Bobby Lewis and has performed in theaters across America. Connie connects across species. She...

  19. Inspired by Horses: Finding Your Sweet Spot in Life | Jonathan Field | TEDxSanJuanIsland

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    | Contributor(s):: Jonathan Field

    During the past 20 Jonathan Field has been speaking and handling horses while teaching large groups of people to understand the nature of the horse. Participants quickly come to realize it's more about teaching the humans and helping them through their blocks than it is about the horse. By...

  20. Trained Rats are Detecting Tuberculosis and Saving Lives | Georgies Mgode | TEDxKenmoreSquare

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    | Contributor(s):: Georgies Mgode

    Tuberculosis (TB) is the number one global killer by an infectious disease. In Tanzania, a team is embracing an innovative and efficient method to speed up the diagnosis of TB that involves integrating super-sniffer rats to quickly identify patients. These trained rats are helping to save...