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Stereotypic behaviour in zoo elephants is considered an indicator of impaired welfare. The underlying causes are diverse and many aspects are still unexplored. Nevertheless, many zoological institutions make huge efforts to improve the well-being of their elephants. The construction of a new...

Author(s)
Schiffmann, C.; Clauss, M.; Hoby, S.
Publisher
European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 2019, 7, 1, pp 37-43
Abstract

Hormones influence the social behaviour of dogs. Castration of male dogs induces a reduction of testosterone and has been shown to affect social behaviours associated with aggression and reproduction. Changes in social behaviour could be critical in working dogs, which should be well trainable and...

Author(s)
Gfrerer, N.; Taborsky, M.; Würbel, H.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2019, 211, pp 84-87
Abstract

Horses can sleep while standing; however, recumbency is required for rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and therefore essential. Previous research indicated a minimal duration of recumbency of 30 min per 24 h to perform a minimal duration of REM sleep. For group-housed horses, suitable lying area...

Author(s)
Burla, J. B.; Rufener, C.; Bachmann, I.; Gygax, L.; Patt, A.; Hillmann, E.
Publisher
Frontiers Media S.A., Lausanne, Switzerland
Citation
Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 2017, 4, March, pp 23
Abstract

This randomised field trial evaluating support strategies to improve udder health in dairy herds combined epidemiological and psychological data. The results allowed drawing conclusions about the value of targeting farmers' attitudes towards different mastitis prevention behaviours in future...

Author(s)
Cousin, M. E.; Tschopp, A.; Reist, M.; Bodmer, M.; Kaufmann, T.; Steiner, A.; Borne, B. H. P. van den
Publisher
Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Dublin, Irish Republic
Citation
Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Proceedings of a meeting held in Dublin, Irish Republic, 26-28 March 2014, 2014, pp 20-32
Abstract

Background: Our research focuses on mechanisms that promote and stabilize social behavior, fitness consequences of cooperation, and how interactions with conspecifics structure groups and populations. To this end, we studied wild house mice (Mus musculus domesticus) in the laboratory, in...

Author(s)
König, B.; Lindholm, A. K.; Lopes, P. C.; Dobay, A.; Steinert, S.; Buschmann, F. J. U.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
Animal Biotelemetry, 2015, 3, 39, pp (5 October 2015)
Abstract

The horse's behaviour strongly influences its suitability for riding activity. As professionals and amatory riders were interested by tests aimed at measuring the horse temperament, several scientific studies were conducted. From these studies, two sets of standardised tests were created: - the...

Author(s)
Lansade, L.; Dubois, C.; Gillot, A.; Delfosse, A.; Bon, M. le; Roche, H.; Yvon, J. M.; Foisnel, S.; Rizo, S.; Menard, C.; Baumgartner, M.; Vidament, M.
Publisher
Les Haras Nationaux, Le Pin au Haras, France
Citation
36e Journée de la recherche équine, Le Pin au Haras, France, jeudi 4 mars 2010, 2010, pp 177-185
Abstract

Cows of the dual-purpose Hérens breed are highly motivated to engage in dominance interactions and thus famous for the cow fights traditionally organised by Swiss breeders. However, this characteristic may result in excessively aggressive behaviour when cows kept in tie-stalls meet during winter...

Author(s)
Castro, I. M. L.; Gygax, L.; Wechsler, B.; Hauser, R.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 129, 2/4, pp 59-66
Abstract

The Swiss German Shepherd Club (SC) has applied a standardised behaviour test for over 50 years. A successful test is a prerequisite for breeding approval. The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of external factors like socialisation, husbandry, training and others on the results of...

Author(s)
Fuchs, T.; Gaillard, C.; Gebhardt-Henrich, S.; Ruefenacht, S.; Steiger, A.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2005, 94, 3/4, pp 287-301
Abstract

In order to compare the exhibits of great apes, 11 zoological gardens in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and the UK in Europe were selected, visited by the authors and described in July-August 2002 and 2003. All species of great apes were present in these gardens: chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes...

Author(s)
Zubkowicz, R.; Kaleta, T.
Publisher
Warsaw Agricultural University Press, Warsaw, Poland
Citation
Annals of Warsaw Agricultural University, Animal Science, 2004, No.42, pp 9-15
Abstract

Studies were carried out at a Swiss farm with a bunker silo for the self-feeding of 40 Swiss brown cows to investigate different numbers of cows/feeding place (1.5, 2 and 2.5 cows) in the winter of 1997/98, and pushing/feeding behaviour at the feeding place in the winter of 1998/99. Data were...

Author(s)
Nydegger, F.; Sager, A.; Schlatter, M.; Stumpf, S.
Publisher
Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Agrarwirtschaft und Landtechnik (FAT), Tänikon, Switzerland
Citation
FAT-Berichte, Switzerland, 1999, No. 537, pp 12 pp.

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