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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.”


Pasteur K, Diana A, Yatcilla JK, Barnard S, Croney CC. (2023) Access to veterinary care: evaluating working definitions, barriers, and implications for animal welfare. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 2024;11

Barnard S, Flint H, Diana A, Shreyer T, Arrazola A, Serpell J, Croney C. Management and behavioral factors associated with rehoming outcomes of dogs retired from commercial breeding kennels. Plos one, 18(3):e0282459

Romaniuk AC, Barnard S, Weller JE, Weng HY, Dangoudoubiyam S, Croney C. (2022) Dam (Canis familiaris) Welfare throughout the Peri-Parturient Period in Commercial Breeding Kennels. Animals, 12(20):2820

Boone G, Romaniuk AC, Barnard S, Shreyer T, Croney C. (2022) The effect of early neurological stimulation on puppy welfare in commercial breeding kennels. Animals, 13(1):71

Romaniuk AC, Diana A, Barnard S, Weller JE, Baqueiro-Espinosa U, Dangoudoubiyam S, Shreyer T, Arnott G, Croney C. (2022) The Effect of Transportation on Puppy Welfare from Commercial Breeding Kennels to a Distributor. Animals, 12, 3379

Barnard S, Flint H, Shreyer T, Croney C (2021) Evaluation of an easy-to-use protocol for assessing behaviors of dogs retiring from commercial breeding kennels. PLoS ONE 16(8): e0255883

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
  • ResearchGate_new

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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