Marcella Zilocchi

Marcella Zilocchi
Università di Pisa | UNIPI · Department of Veterinary Sciences

PhD

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January 2008 - present
Università di Pisa
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Publications (28)
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Based on the current knowledge, adult dogs are able to establish an attachment bond towards their owners and puppies are able to establish an attachment bond towards their mother. The aim of the current study was to assess whether dog attachment to people already exists in puppies. Fourteen 2 months old puppies were tested in the Ainsworth Strange...
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The kennel environment, even for short periods, is a potential psychogenic stressor for most dogs owing to its novel surroundings and separation from social attachment figures. To improve their well-being, they could be administered problem-solving games. This would benefit them because individual play, like problem solving, could improve an indivi...
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The present study describes the main steps and results of a training program designed to train dogs for finding mushrooms of the Boletus genus. Two adult female dogs, a Labrador Retriever and a Rottweiler, were trained by Clicker Training method. For the training, intact and frozen mushrooms to ensure their preservation were used. The training proc...
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The aim of this study was to evaluate whether brachycephalic breeds selected for companionship or for utility behave differently for the attention paid to the owner in two insoluble problem-solving tasks. Eleven adult dogs, 5 belonging to companion breeds and 6 belonging to breeds selected for utility were involved. The study consisted of two behav...
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These proceedings contain oral and poster presentations from various experts on animal behaviour and animal welfare in veterinary medicine presented at the conference.
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In order to investigate the effects of physical activity on dog behavior, a questionnaire divided into 4 sections was used. Based on the 234 questionnaires collected, it was possible to create two groups: active dogs group (AD) made up of 94 subjects who performed a sport and a group of 140 sedentary dogs (SD). Compared to the SD group, dogs in the...
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Studying the signaling of domestic dogs is crucial to have a better understanding of this species. The aim of this study was to scientifically assess if the behaviors called calming signals have a communicative and a calming function (i.e., de-escalating the aggressive display in the other dog).
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Problem solving games are often advised in the behavioral therapy of fearful dogs. There have been few experimental works conducted on animals with respect to the innate reinforcing properties of problem solving or the emotional consequences of responding to challenge. The aim of the current study was to assess the effectiveness of problem solving...
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Veterinary visits are known to be stressful for many dogs. The aim of this study was to assess dog welfare in the waiting room of the veterinary clinic through a multi-modal, non-invasive approach. Forty-five dogs were each videoed for 3 min in the waiting room of a veterinary clinic where they went for a scheduled visit. The welfare of each dog wa...
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Aggression manifestation in familiar and urban context, where the dog lives, requires careful management as canine aggressions constitute an event which often provokes serious injuries. Our research aim was to develop a test to assess the potential dangerousness of the dog (DDT). The test was carried out in an open space and it is divided into four...
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In Italy, a specific law (281/1991) establishes that shelter dogs cannot be euthanized unless dangerous or affected by severe or untreatable diseases. The result of this 'no-kill' policy is that some dogs are kept in shelters for their whole lives. Aim of the research has been to realize a test for adoptability evaluation of shelter dogs, subjectin...
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Visual communication in dogs (especially postures and muzzle expressions) plays an important role in the management of intraspecific interactions. At the end of Eighties Turid Rugaas described the so-called "calming signals", considered as a crucial part of canine communication. The aim of the current research was to assess whether the display of t...
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A modified version of the Ainsworth Strange Situation Test was used to analyse 40 dog–owner pairs in order to assess whether owners can represent a secure base for their dogs. The Wilcoxon test revealed significant differences between owner and stranger for protest at separation (whining), contact maintenance effect (proximity, attention seeking an...
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The aim of this study was to quantitatively assess the kind of transport dogs undergo, the behaviours displayed during transport, the prevalence of travel-related problems in dogs and owners' interventions to solve these problems. A convenience sample of 907 dog owners completed a questionnaire containing 16 multiple-choice questions. All dogs had...
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Educational anthozoology is very common in Western schools, but scientific evidence to support its efficacy is scarce. The aim of the current research was to assess the effectiveness of two presentation styles using a project developed for children in the fourth grade in Pisa (Italy). Participants (n=114; 6 classes) were divided into 3 groups. Gro...
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Turid Rugaas (1997) ha descritto come "segnali calmanti" alcuni comportamenti frequentemente manifestati dal cane domestico, che sarebbero in grado di calmare i soggetti cui sono rivolti ed evitare, così, manifestazioni di aggressività aperta. Lo scopo di questo lavoro è stato quello di verificare scientificamente l'uso di tali segnali, al fine di...

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