Course code HFX221

HFX221 Ethology in Dogs and Cats and Breeding of Dogs

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Course responsible: Bjarne Olai Braastad
Teachers: Odd Vangen, Ruth C. Newberry
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Lecturesgiven withinthe learning outcomesassociated withdog breedingand normalbehaviourin dogs and cats-including behaviouraldevelopment,social behaviour,communicationsignals andpredation behaviourand environmentalneeds andhousing conditionsforthese species.Parallelto this discussion exercises are provided for the same topics.A briefoverview ofdogbreeds is provided.Presentationis given on the maindogbreeding methods.Itwill be reviewedheritabilityof the most importantperformancecharacteristics,behaviouralcharacteristics,healthcharacteristics andgeneticdefectsin dogs.The focus is onproblemswithbreedingin smallpopulations,inbreeding,geneticdefects,the balancebetweeninbreedingandselection /improvementofproperties.Case studiesofstudentrecessare provided.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: Students will be able to describe and explain normal behaviour in dogs and cats - including behavioural development, social behaviour , communication signals and predatory and antipredatory behaviour. Students will learn the environmental needs of these three species and how these needs can be met. Students will learn the concept of domestication and how dogs and cats are domesticated. Students will have an overview of breeds and breeding of dogs, knowledge of heritability of performance features , exterior features and behavioral traits in dogs . Students should have knowledge of breeding in small populations , and in-depth knowledge of case studies on the dog.

Skills: Students will be able to use the course material to prevent behavioural and welfare problems in dogs and cats, and understand selective breeding of dogs.

Reflection : Students will understand the importance of expertise in breeding and ethology to prevent behavioural , welfare and health issues , and help ensure that animal husbandry is perceived positively by the owner and that a healthy and sustainable breeding program is in operation. Students will understand the need to acquire further knowledge to work as a consultant , trainer or breeding responsible.

Learning activities:
Studentsreadthe syllabus material,providedlectures,writesa term paperandparticipateinstudentorganizedstudy groups.This providesa goodlearning process.The lecturesare particularly importantinthis subjectbecausenot everythingis covered bytextbooks.
Teaching support:
Teachers are available to answer questions about the subject matter.The student has a tutor on the term paper.There will bea lot oft echnical material in Fronter.

A. Textbooks

Braastad, B.O., 2012. Katten. Atferd og velferd. Vigmostad og Bjørke, Bergen. (kap. 1-6, 8, 10 og 13 er pensum). ISBN 978-82-419-0864-4

Miklosi, A., 2015.  Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition. 2nd Ed. Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford.  ISBN 978-0-19-964666-1. Ikke alle kapitlene er pensum.

B. Material in Fronter in addition, particularly in dog breeding.

HFX130-D, HFX130-F
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
One obligatory term paper must be delivered. This can be chosen freely within dog breeding, dog behvaviour or cat behaviour, after agreement with a teacher. The term paper shall be about 2500 words and produced as a scientific report with an Introduction, Main part (with relevant sub-chapters), Summary and Reference list. The term paper shall be submitted in Fronter by the deadline of 11th May. This accounts for 25 % of the total grading. Written exam (3 hours) accounts for 75 % of the total grading.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science.
Type of course:
Lectures 2 hours a week.
The censor approves the exam exercises and censures the written exam. Teachers censur the term paper.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått