Animal Behaviour


Judith K. Blackshaw, BSc,
MAED Wash. (St. Louis), PhD

School of Veterinary Science
University of Queensland
St. Lucia, Brisbane
Queensland, 4067, Australia

Third edition, June 1986, with an additional chapter by Judith K. Blackshaw
and David J. Allan, QDAii (Hons), BSc (Vet.), BVSC (Hons), MB, BS

Copyright Judith K. Blackshaw Bibliography ISBN 0 9592581 0 8

1. Animal Behaviour. I. Title 591.51

Updated in 2003 by
Dr Paul McGreevy, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour
Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney

Additional material based on literature reviews by Paul McGreevy and undergraduates students in Agricultural Science at the University of Sydney, including Jaclyn Aldenhoven, Julia Barnes, Michelle Carpenter, Jennifer Clulow, Michael Connors, Simon De Graaf, Steven Downes, Damien Halloway, Trent Haymen, Kirstie Martin, Alison Morgan, Jeanette Olejnik, Terry Pollock, Sarah Pomroy, Caroline Wardrop, Evelyn Whitson and Catherine Wood. Editorial work by Lynn Cole.


I wish to thank the following people who helped me with this book. They are my husband, Dr. Alan Blackshaw; my friends, Dr Linda Murphy, Pig and Poultry Branch, Queensland Dept. of Primary Industries, and Mr. David Allen, Dept. of Medical Laboratory Science, Queensland Institute of Technology; Mrs. Althea Vickers, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine, and Miss Carol Jang, Dept. of Animal Sciences and Production, University of Queensland for typing and design.

7th July, 1986
Judith K. Blackshaw


Why do we study domestic animal behaviour?

There are several reasons:

  1. To manage and move stock without causing undue stress.
  2. To design facilities which consider the needs of the animals. These facilities include housing systems for intensive husbandry, holding pens, loading and unloading ramps, transport vehicles, and provision for special operations, e.g. slaughtering, shearing, dipping.
  3. To manage grazing animals and pest species.
  4. To learn about the behaviour of pet animals and the bond between pet and owner.

If these factors are taken into account, not only will animals be more productive but their welfare will be assured.

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