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- Charles Darwin -

“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.”


Pritchett M, Barnard S, Croney C. (2021) Socialization in Commercial Breeding Kennels: The Use of Novel Stimuli to Measure Social and Non-Social Fear in Dogs. Animals, 11(3):890.


Burani C, Barnard S, Wells D, Pelosi A, Valsecchi P (2020) Using judgment bias test in pet and shelter dogs (Canis familiaris): Methodological and statistical caveats. PLoS ONE, 15(10): e0241344.


Barnard S, Kennedy D, Watson R, Valsecchi P, Arnott G (2019) Revisiting a previously validated temperament test in shelter dogs, including an examination of the use of fake model dogs to assess conspecific sociability. Animals, 9(10):835.

Arena L, Wemelsfelder F, Messori S, Ferri N, Barnard S (2019) Development of a fixed list of terms for the Qualitative Behavioural Assessment of shelter dogs. PLoS ONE 14(10): e0212652.

Barnard S, Passalacqua C, Pelosi A, Valsecchi P, Prato-Previde E (2019) Effects of breed group and development on dogs’ willingness to follow a human misleading advice. Animal cognition, 1-12.


Barnard S, Wells DL, Hepper PG (2018) Laterality as a Predictor of Coping Strategies in Dogs Entering a Rescue Shelter. Symmetry, 10: 538.


Wells DL, Hepper PG, Milligan AD, Barnard S (2018) Lack of association between paw preference and behaviour problems in the domestic dog, Canis familiaris. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 201: 81-87.


Barnard S, Wells DL, Milligan AD, Arnott G, Hepper PG (2018) Personality traits affecting judgement bias task performance in dogs (Canis familiaris). Scientific Reports, 8: 6660.

Wells DL. Hepper P, Milligan AD, Barnard S (2018) Stability of motor bias in the domestic dog, Canis familiaris. Behavioural processes, 149:1-7.

Arena L, Wemelsfelder F, Messori S, Ferri N, Barnard S (2017) Application of Free Choice Profiling to assess the emotional state of dogs housed in shelter environments. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 195: 72-79. 

Wells DL, Hepper PG, Milligan AD, Barnard S (2017) Cognitive bias and paw preference in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). Journal of comparative psychology, May 18 epub ahead of print

Barnard S, Marshall-Pescini S, Pelosi A, Passalacqua C, Prato-Previde E, Valsecchi P (2017) Breed, sex, and litter effects in 2-month old puppies’ behaviour in a standardised open-field test. Scientific Reports, 7: 1802

Barnard S, Wells DL, Hepper PG, Milligan AD (2017) Association between lateral bias and personality traits in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 131: 246-256.

Dalla Villa P, Barnard S, Iannetti L, Di Nardo A, Trentini R, Podaliri Vulpiani M, Serpell JA, Siracusa C (2017) Validation of the Socially Acceptable Behaviour (SAB) test in a central-Italy pet dog population. Veterinaria Italiana, 53 (1), 61-70.

Barnard S, Calderara S, Pistocchi S, Cucchiara R, Podaliri-Vulpiani M, Messori S, Ferri N (2016) Quick, Accurate, Smart: 3D Computer Vision Technology Helps Assessing Confined Animals’ Behaviour. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158748.

Barnard S, Marshall-Pescini S, Passalacqua C, Beghelli V, Capra A, Normando S, Pelosi A, Valsecchi P (2016) Does subjective rating reflect behavioural coding? Personality in 2 month-old dog puppies: an open-field test and adjective-based questionnaire. PlosONE 11(3): e0149831.

Wells DL, Hepper PG, Milligan AD, Barnard S (2016) Comparing lateral bias in dogs and humans using the Kong™ ball test. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 176, 70-76.

Messori S, Vissier EK, Buonanno M, Ferrari P, Barnard S, Borciani M, Ferri N (2016) A tool for the evaluation of slaughter horse welfare during unloading. Animal Welfare 25:101-113

Barnard S, Pedernera C, Candeloro L, Ferri N, Velarde A, Dalla Villa P (2016) Development of a new welfare assessment protocol for practical application in long-term dog shelters. Veterinary records 178: 18-26.

Barnard S, Matthews LR, Messori S, Vulpiani Podaliri M, Ferri N (2016) Laterality as an indicator of emotional stress in ewes and lambs during a separation test. Animal Cognition 19: 207-214.

Messori S, Pedernera C, Rodríguez P, Barnard S, Giansante D, Magnani D, Dalmau A, Velarde A, Dalla Villa P. (2016) Effects of different durations at control posts during a long journey on the welfare of sheep. Veterinaria Italiana, 53(2):121-129.

Barnard S, Ippoliti C, Di Flaviano D, de Ruvo A, Messori S, Giovannini A, P. Dalla Villa (2015) Smartphone and GPS technology applied to free-roaming dog population surveillance - a methodological study. Veterinaria Italiana 51: 165-172.

Messori S, Sossidou E, Buonanno M, Mounaix B, Barnard S, Vousdouka V, Dalla Villa P, de Roest K, Spoolder S (2015) A pilot study to develop an assessment tool for sheep welfare after long journey transport. Animal Welfare 24: 407-416.


Barnard S, Chincarini M, Di Tommaso L, Di Giulio F, Messori S, Ferri N (2015) Free-roaming dogs control activities in one Italian province (2000-2013): is the implemented approach effective? Macedonian Veterinary Records, 38: 149-158.

Barnard S, Matthews LR, Messori S, Podaliri-Vulpiani M, Ferri N (2015). Behavioural reactivity of ewes and lambs during partial and total social isolation. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 163, 89-97.

Barnard S, Siracusa C, Reisner I, Valsecchi P, Serpell JA (2012) Validity of model devices used to assess temperament in behavioural tests. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 138: 79-87.

Valsecchi P, Barnard S, Stefanini C, Normando S (2011) Temperament test for re-homed dogs validated through direct behavioral observation in shelter and home environment. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 6: 161-177.

Scientific Publications
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S. Barnard, C. Pedernera, A. Velarde, P. Dalla Villa (2016) Shelter Quality: Welfare Assessment Protocol for Shelter Dogs. IZSAM, Teramo (Italy). ISBN 9788890869167

DG SANTE, 2016. Study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices (SANCO 2013/12364).

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