Nicholas J Rutter

Nicholas J Rutter
La Trobe University · Anthrozoology Research Group Dog Lab

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Conservation detection dogs (CDDs) are trained to locate biological material from plants and animals of interest to conservation efforts and are often more effective and economical than other detection methods. However, the financial costs of developing and appropriately caring for CDDs can nonetheless prohibit their use, particularly by smaller co...
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Conservation Detection Dogs (CDDs) are trained to locate biological material from plants and animals relevant to conservation efforts. CDDs can be more effective and more economical than other survey methods, yet financial costs associated with training and maintaining CDDs, while meeting their welfare needs, can prohibit their use. It takes a grea...
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• Professionally trained conservation detection dogs (CDDs) are taught to locate biological targets, including cryptic and low‐density plant and animal species, but have been largely underused in acknow • detecting endangered invertebrates. • This pilot study assessed the ability of four volunteer CDD/handler teams to detect the endangered Alpine s...
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In the target article titled “Behavioral and Cognitive Factors That Affect the Success of Scent Detection Dogs,” Troisi and colleagues highlight several challenges associated with scent detection dog preparation and deployment. Traditionally, scent detection dogs have been bred, raised, and trained at designated training facilities. More recently,...
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While domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) play a large role in human daily lives, little is known about how they perceive the visual world. Recent research suggests that dogs may perceive certain visual illusions differently than humans. To further evaluate geometric illusion susceptibility, eight dogs were assessed on their susceptibility to the Ponz...
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Susceptibility to geometrical visual illusions has been tested in a number of non-human animal species, providing important information about how these species perceive their environment. Considering their active role in human lives, visual illusion susceptibility was tested in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris). Using a two-choice simultaneous discr...
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Understanding individual behavioral differences in domestic cats could lead to improved selection when potential cat owners choose a pet with whom to share their lives, along with consequent improvements in cat welfare. Yet very few attempts have been made to elicit cat personality dimensions using the trait-based exploratory approaches applied pre...

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The aim of this project is to understand how dogs perceive their environment and evaluate/compare similarities and differences to humans and other animals .