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Ragen T. S. McGowan
Nestlé
9Publications
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#1Ragen T. S. McGowan (Nestlé)H-Index: 4
#2Cynthia Bolte (Nestlé)H-Index: 1
Last.Francois Martin (Nestlé)H-Index: 2
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Abstract It is well established that human interaction has positive effects on shelter dogs. This work set out to answer the question: “Does one 15-min petting session make a difference for shelter dogs?” Fifty-five dogs were subject to one 15-min petting session with one of five unfamiliar volunteers, in an observation room at a county animal shelter. Volunteers were instructed to interact with dogs in a controlled manner. Sessions were video recorded for later analysis of dog behavior. Saliva ...
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#1Ragen T. S. McGowan (Nestlé)H-Index: 4
#2Jacklyn Jaye Ellis (Nestlé)H-Index: 2
Last.Francois Martin (Nestlé)H-Index: 2
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Abstract Few studies have sought to describe cat elimination behavior in detail and much of the information presently available focuses on factors that potentially cause cats to reject a litter box. Thus, the ethograms published in the current veterinary and scientific literature largely focus on macro behaviors (e.g., enter box, dig, squat, cover, and exit box) and lack the detail necessary to make distinctions between types of litter box experiences for cats. To facilitate our understanding of...
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#1Jacklyn Jaye Ellis (Nestlé)H-Index: 2
#2Ragen T. S. McGowan (Nestlé)H-Index: 4
Last.Francois Martin (Nestlé)H-Index: 2
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Abstract It is commonly assumed that cats actively avoid eliminated materials (especially in multi-cat homes), suggesting regular litter box cleaning as the best defense against out-of-box elimination. The relationship between previous use and litter box appeal to familiar subsequent users is currently unknown. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between previous litter box use and the identity of the previous user, type of elimination, odor, and presence of physical/vi...
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#1Ragen T. S. McGowan (Nestlé)H-Index: 4
#2Therese Rehn (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 10
Last.Linda J. Keeling (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 35
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Animals may experience positive affective states in response to their own achievements. We investigated emotional responses to problem-solving in dogs, separating these from reactions to rewards per se using a yoked control design. We also questioned whether the intensity of reaction would vary with reward type. We examined the response (behavior and heart rate) of dogs as they learned to gain access to different rewards: (1) food (2) human contact, and (3) dog contact. Twelve beagles were assig...
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#1Therese Rehn (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 10
#2Ragen T. S. McGowan (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 4
Last.Linda J. Keeling (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 35
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The Strange Situation Procedure (SSP) is increasingly being used to study attachment between dogs and humans. It has been developed from the Ainsworth Strange Situation Procedure, which is used extensively to investigate attachment between children and their parents. In this experiment, 12 female beagle dogs were tested in two treatments to identify possible order effects in the test, a potential weakness in the SSP. In one treatment (FS), dogs participated together with a ‘familiar person’ and ...
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#1Oliver H. P. Burman (UoB: University of Bristol)H-Index: 17
#2Ragen T. S. McGowan (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 4
Last.Linda J. Keeling (SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)H-Index: 35
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Abstract Interest in the induction and measurement of positive affective states in non-human animals is increasing. Here, we used a test of cognitive (judgement) bias, based on the finding that individuals experiencing different affective states judge ambiguous stimuli differently, to measure whether a positive low arousal affective state (e.g. ‘satisfaction’/‘contentment’) could be induced in domestic dogs as a result of their experiencing a food-based rewarding event. In this rewarding event, ...
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#1Oliver H. P. BurmanH-Index: 17
Last.Linda J. KeelingH-Index: 35
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Interest in the induction and measurement of positive affective states in non-human animals is increasing. Here, we used a test of cognitive (judgement) bias, based on the finding that individuals experiencing different affective states judge ambiguous stimuli differently, to measure whether a positive low arousal affective state (e.g. ‘satisfaction’/’contentment’) could be induced in domestic dogs as a result of their experiencing a food-based rewarding event. In this rewarding event, subjects ...
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