Relevant Degree Programs
I am recruiting exceptional students for a funded position with a research interest in 1) shelter rabbit or rat welfare; 2) climate change and pet keeping; 3) community-based interventions for providing pet-related services in low-income areas; 4) international differences in attitudes towards companion animal management; 5) behaviour of free-ranging dogs/cats/rabbits.
Whereas the lab also conducts research in other topics such as shelter cat welfare, dog training, behaviour and enrichment, mental distress in animal shelter workers, animal-assisted interventions, post adoption support, I am not currently recruiting students in these areas due to a lack of funding. Students who have either secured funding or are planning to apply to external funding in these areas are welcome to contact me.
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- Occupational Health of Animal Shelter Employees by Live Release Rate, Shelter Type, and Euthanasia-Related Decision (2020)
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- Behavioral predictors of subsequent respiratory illness signs in dogs admitted to an animal shelter (2019)
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- The effects of exercise and calm interactions on in-kennel behavior of shelter dogs (2018)
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- Adoption and relinquishment interventions at the animal shelter: A review (2017)
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- Impacts of Encouraging Dog Walking on Returns of Newly Adopted Dogs to a Shelter (2017)
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 20 (4), 357-371
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- Evaluating a humane alternative to the bark collar: Automated differential reinforcement of not barking in a home-alone setting (2016)
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49 (4), 735-744
- Judging a Dog by Its Cover: Morphology but Not Training Influences Visitor Behavior toward Kenneled Dogs at Animal Shelters (2016)
Anthrozoos, 29 (3), 469-487
- Olfaction in wild canids and Russian canid hybrids (2016)
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- Preference assessments and structured potential adopter-dog interactions increase adoptions (2016)
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 176, 87-95
- Proximate causes of cognition (2016)
Animal Cognition: Principles, Evolution and Development, 1-26
- Improving in-kennel presentation of shelter dogs through response-dependent and response-independent treat delivery (2015)
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48 (3), 590-601
- The role of environmental and owner-provided consequences in canine stereotypy and compulsive behavior (2015)
Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 10 (1), 24-35
- Adopter-dog interactions at the shelter: Behavioral and contextual predictors of adoption (2014)
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 157, 109-116
- Association between increased behavioral persistence and stereotypy in the pet dog (2014)
Behavioural Processes, 106, 77-81
- In-kennel behavior predicts length of stay in shelter dogs (2014)
PLoS ONE, 9 (12)
- The effects of social training and other factors on adoption success of shelter dogs (2012)
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 142 (1-2), 61-68