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Here are a few articles (in pdf) that may be of value to the reader interested in animal behaviour and related topics:

Big show Temperament
A prancing, snorting, wild-eyed horse is a sight to behold. With his tail over his back on a spine tintiling pasture trot he impresses horses and humans alike, their responses differ though. ..more

Chaos begets chaos
Horses have no consciousness of time but that does not alter its importance in the determination of the rate at which humans sell their lives. For humans the statement “I have no time” is an expression of priority, not fact. That priority gets a whole new meaning when because of a horse’s timelessness you realise that Murphy’s Law: Whatever you want to do, you have to do something else first, is very much a reality in the horse world. ..more

Grooming Presentation Congress 2010
I am a pet groomer and I love my occupation. I have a team of eight people and we at The Dog Club are incredibly proud to have built a lucrative business and excellent reputation from our passion. .. more

Osteoarthritis – The cruel disabler(4.92MB)
So how does arthritis fit in with animal behaviour, and why should one know something about it? Any (chronic) pain can cause what seems like behavioural problems, especially aggression. A dog in pain can be irritable and less tolerant, also less active and less playful. All patients must be checked clinically before behaviour causes are diagnosed. .. more

Introducing a New  Baby to the Pets at Home
The addition of a new household can upset the social environment of that household and can upset the pets in the household. Steps can be taken to greatly reduce the probability of this happening. No infant should be left alone unsupervised with an animal for any reason. An infant is not able to push away a pet that cuddles up to them. .. more

Dog Bites from a Different Angle
Serious dog bites are common causes for court disputes. Apart from intent to cause harm and obvious negligence, two principles are usually used by the defence in these cases, namely, actio de pauparie (accountability without any negligence by the owner of the dog) and whether the dog acted contra naturam sui generic (whether the dog acted contrary to its nature). However, the questions are .. more

Environmental Stressors
Stress is a physiological reaction by the body to challenges posed by the animal’s external environment as well as changes in the internal environment caused by diseases, trauma or any other condition that affects the normal bodily functions detrimentally. The body attempts to find equilibrium/balance (homeostasis) by continuously keeping the stressors under control by ... more

Made for Each Other, The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond
We live surrounded by miracles we call pets.  This may seem like a bit of an overstatement when your dog is whining to go out on a cold rainy night or you’re writing that fat check to his vet, but it’s not.  The fact that wolves stopped stalking us and that we took them into our caves proved to be a miraculous leap of faith that changed our world forever. ... more

Science-based Assessment of Animal Welfare: Companion Animals
 Human history reveals that the way in which humans are treating animals is based on their views of themselves as well as of the living environment around them.  It may vary from human superiority to equality between humans and animals. Recent trends affecting companion animal welfare are: modern philosophies on animal issues; specialised and varied roles that companion animals play in modern societies; new results from animal neuroscience; human-animal interaction studies; and the new profession of companion animal ethologists. ... more


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