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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. Is cognition the secret to working dog success?

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

  13. 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.

  14. The Role and Welfare of Cart Donkeys Used in Waste Management in Karachi, Pakistan

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    | Contributor(s):: Syed Zahir Ali Shah, Zahid Nawaz, Sher Nawaz, Gemma Carder, Manuchahar Ali, Naimatullah Soomro, Polly C. Compston

    Equine ownership is a common income-generating strategy in Pakistan. In Karachi, donkey carts are used to transport building materials, commercial produce and garbage. This study aimed to articulate the role and welfare of donkeys used in waste management. We conducted interviews with donkey...

  15. Sniffer Dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Kayla Holland

    Sniffer dogs have worked alongside law enforcement officers, military units, border patrols and search and rescue teamss since the 1980s. There are two training locations for canines. One is located in Front Royal, Virginia. The headquarters of the Customs and Border Protection Canine Training...

  16. At Both Ends of the Leash: Preventing Service-Dog Oppression Through the Practice of Dyadic-Belonging

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    | Contributor(s):: Devon MacPherson-Mayor, Cheryl van Daalen-Smith

    There is a growing interest in the “use” of service-dogs to enable people with disabilities to navigate the world more independently in North American culture. On the surface, while this may appear to be progress, the question remains, for whom? While there is evidence that the...

  17. Working Dogs for Conservation

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    We train the world's best conservation detection dogs & put them to work protecting wildlife and wild places. Working Dogs for Conservation is the world’s leading conservation detection dog organization. Whether it's law enforcement, biosecurity, or ecological monitoring,...

  18. The Effect of Noseband Tightening on Horses' Behavior, Eye Temperature, and Cardiac Responses

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    | Contributor(s):: Kate Fenner, Samuel Yoon, Peter White, Melissa Starling, Paul McGreevy

    Restrictive nosebands are common in equestrian sport. This is concerning, as recent evidence suggests that very tight nosebands can cause a physiological stress response, and may compromise welfare. The objective of the current study was to investigate relationships that noseband tightness has...

  19. All the King's Horses, All the King's Elephants: The Fates of Royal Animals in Nepal's Post-Monarchy Period

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    | Contributor(s):: Anne Mocko, Shaunna Barnhart

    In May of 2008, Nepal’s 240-year-old monarchy was legally dissolved. In the wake of this dissolution, the new interim government sought to replace royal institutions, procedures, and ceremonies with new, parallel processes. One unexpected royal legacy that politicians needed to resolve...

  20. K-9 Catch-22: The Impossible Dilemma of Using Police Dogs in Apprehension of Suspects

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    | Contributor(s):: Ann L. Schiavone

    In the past several years, the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has seen two canine police dogs (K-9s) killed in the line of duty, Rocco in January 2014, and Aren in January of 2016.  Both were killed by stab wounds while attempting to apprehend suspects. The man who killed Rocco received...