Barbara L. Sherman

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Companion dogs commonly experience states of anxiety, fears, and phobias. Separation anxiety and noise aversions, as discussed in this article, are especially prevalent. Veterinarians are encouraged to recognize and treat such conditions on first presentation to address welfare issues and optimize successful management. New data suggest new treatment(More)
OBJECTIVES Resistance to transportation and stressful veterinary visits are major causes for a decrease in feline veterinary care. Few options exist for oral sedatives to reduce cats' anxiety prior to veterinary visits. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of oral trazodone for use as a single dose agent for sedation in cats. (More)
The authors introduce the fundamental building blocks for a cyber-enabled, computer-mediated communication platform to connect human and canine intelligence to achieve a new generation of Cyber-Enhanced Working Dog (CEWD). The use of monitoring technologies provides handlers with real-time information about the behavior and emotional state of their CEWDs(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate efficacy of trazodone hydrochloride as an adjunctive treatment for anxiety disorders as well as treatment protocol, dose range, concurrent drug use, adverse events, and therapeutic response in dogs unresponsive to other pharmacologic agents. DESIGN Retrospective case series. ANIMALS 56 dogs with anxiety disorders treated at a(More)
Previous studies have shown that the playing of thunderstorm recordings during an open-field task elicits fearful or anxious responses in adult beagles. The goal of our study was to apply this open field test to assess sound-induced behaviors in Labrador retrievers drawn from a pool of candidate improvised explosive devices (IED)-detection dogs. Being(More)
Dogs and humans have worked in partnership throughout history thanks to dogs' unique capability of detecting signals in human voices or gestures and learning from human inputs. Traditional canine training methods rely solely on subjective visual observations made by trainers. We propose a canine body-area-network (cBAN) to incorporate context-aware sensing(More)
Training and handling working dogs is a costly process and requires specialized skills and techniques. Less subjective and lower-cost training techniques would not only improve our partnership with these dogs but also enable us to benefit from their skills more efficiently. To facilitate this, we are developing a canine body-area-network (cBAN) to combine(More)
Training animals is a process that requires a significant investment of time and energy on the part of the trainer. One of the most basic training tasks is to train dogs to perform postures on cue. While it might be easy for a human trainer to see when an animal has performed the desired posture, it is much more difficult for a computer to determine this.(More)
Optimal cognitive ability is likely important for military working dogs (MWD) trained to detect explosives. An assessment of a dog’s ability to rapidly learn discriminations might be useful in the MWD selection process. In this study, visual discrimination and reversal tasks were used to assess cognitive performance in Labrador retrievers selected for an(More)