Ethology of Domestic Animals

ISBN-10: 1845935365

ISBN-13: 9781845935368

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Per Jensen

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Modern farm environments are profoundly different from the natural habitats of the ancestors of today's farm animals, and through genetic selection, the appearance and behaviour of the animals themselves have also changed. However, the legacy of the ancestors is still obvious, and some apparently bizarre actions are only possible to understand in the light of the evolutionary history of the species. On the other hand, some of the behaviour we can observe in animals in a modern farm or in a laboratory are not part of the normal, species-specific behaviour at all. They may even indicate that the animal is under stress and that its welfare is poor. Distinguishing between these possibilities is one important goal for applied ethology. This revised and updated edition includes extended coverage of dog behaviour and human-animal interactions as well as novel and intriguing research findings. The issue of animal cognition, central to understanding welfare, has also received a more thorough examination.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: CABI
Publication date: 5/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

Contributors
Preface
Basic Elements of Animal Behaviour
The Study of Animal Behaviour and its Applications
Introduction
The History of Animal Behaviour Studies
Schools of Thought of the 20th Century
Modern Approaches to Ethology
Applied Ethology
The Field of Applied Ethology
Behaviour Genetics, Evolution and Domestication
Introduction
To What Degree is Behaviour Genetically Inherited?
Genetic Versus Environmental Influence on Behaviour
Single Gene Influences
How do Genes Affect Behaviour?
Localizing Genes
Evolution of Behaviour
Tracing the Evolutionary History of Behaviour
Modification and Ritualization
The Function of Behaviour
Domestication: an Evolutionary Case History
Which Animals were Domesticated?
Behavioural Effects of Domestication
Behaviour and Physiology
Introduction
Central Regulation of Behaviour
Sleep
Regulation of Food Intake and Eating
Reproductive and Maternal Behaviour
Stress-related Behaviour
Motivation and the Organization of Behaviour
What is Motivation and Why is it Important?
Motivational States and the Organization of Behaviour
Models of Motivation
Motivation and Applied Ethology
Conclusions and Links to Other Chapters
Learning and Cognition
Introduction
Associative Learning
Memory
Object Permanence
Discrimination, Generalization, Categorization and Concept Formation
Social Cognition
Cognition and Emotion
Animal Cognition and Animal Welfare
Social and Reproductive Behaviour
What is Social Behaviour?
Group Living
Communication
Natural Selection
Common Social Behaviours
Conclusions
Abonormal Behaviour, Stress and Welfare
Introduction
Behavioural Disorders
Stress
Animal Welfare
Concluding Remarks
Human-Animal Relations
The Human in the Animals' World
What is the Human-Animal Relationship?
Factors Affecting the Quality of the Animal's Relationship to Humans
Sensitive Periods
Genetic Background and Personality
Social Learning: Social Environment
The Human as a Social Partner
Human-Animal Communication
Practical Relevance: the Significance of Human-Animal Relationships for Welfare
Species-Specific Behaviour of Some Important Domestic Animals
Behaviour of Fowl and Other Domesticated Birds
Origins
Social Behaviour
Foraging, Feeding and Drinking
Body Maintenance
Diurnal Rhythm
Sexual Behaviour
Egg Laying, Incubation and Behaviour at Hatching
Care of Offspring
Offspring Development
Behaviour of Horses
Origin
Time Budgets
Foraging and Feeding Behaviour
Social Behaviour
Mating and Sexual Behaviour
Behaviour at Birth
Care of Offspring, Including Nursing
Offspring Development and Management
Behaviour of Cattle
Origins of Cattle
Social Behaviour
Foraging and Feeding Behaviour
Diurnal Rhythm
Mating and Sexual Behaviour
Parturition
Care of Offspring, Including Nursing
Offspring Development
The Behaviour of Sheep and Goats
Origins
Social Behaviour
Foraging and Feeding
Habitat Use
Mating/Sexual Behaviour
Maternal Behaviour at Birth
Maternal Behaviour during Lactation
Offspring Development
Management and Welfare
Behaviour of Pigs
Origins
Social Behaviour
Perception, Communication and Cognition
Foraging and Feeding Behaviour
Coping with the Environment
Mating Behaviour
Periparturient Bahaviour
Behaviour during Lactation
Piglet Behavioural Development
Behaviour of Dogs
Origins and Domestication
Social Behaviour
Foraging and Feeding Behaviour
Communication
Biological Rhythms
Sexual Behaviour
Behaviour at Birth and Parental Care
Development of Behaviour
Behaviour of Cats
Origins and Domestication
Effects of Domestication
Hunting Behaviour and Object Play
Social Behaviour and Communication
Courtship and Reproductive Behaviour
Dominance
Ontogeny of Behaviour
Socialization
The Ethology of Cat-Human Relationships
The Behaviour of Laboratory Mice and Rats
General Biology
Origin and Domestication History
Diurnal Rhythm, Sleep and Grooming Behaviour
General Activity, Foraging and Feeding Behaviour
Social Organization and Social Behaviour
Mate Choice, Mating Behaviour and Parental Care
Housing and Welfare
Sensory and Motor Deprivation
Lack of Critical Resources
Phenotypic Mismatch and Developmental Disruption
Social Conflict
Environmental Stressors
Conclusions
Index
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