Animal Behavior

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make em drink"


Animal Behavior is the scientific study of the wild and wonderful ways in which animals interact with each other, with other living beings, and with the environment.

Factors Determinig Behavior

Instinct- instinct behaviors are those an animal exhibits without any chance to learn them.

Habituation- is when an animal learns to respond without thinking.

Conditioning- is when an animal learns to respond particular way to a stimulus and a producer provides a reward for making the proper response.

Reasoning- is the animal's ability to respond correctly to a stimulus when presented with a new situations.

Intelligence- is the animal's ability to learn to adjust successfully to certain situations.

Imprinting- is the process where the young animal learns who its mother is, bonds to its mother or parents, and learns to what species it belongs.

Types of Behavior

Other Types Of Animal Behavior

  • Sexual Behavior
  • Communication Behavior
  • Shelter-seeking Behavior
  • Investigative Behavior
  • Allelomimetic Behavior
  • Fear mechanisms
  • Abnormal Behavior


Livestock procedures can be more efficient in livestock production if they have a knowledge of animal behavior. Knowledge of the origin of the animal's disposition and what to expect from a particular animal create a safer and more productive enterprise.

Symptons Of Sickness

Loss of appetite

Restless and depressed

Ears droop or not in an alert position

Humped back with a lowered head

Isolation (stays away from the herd)

Coughing, wheezing, or labored breathing

Vital signs differ from the normal ranges


Estrus- the period of female mating activity

Ethology- the study of animal behavior

Flight zone- an area in which the animal feels uncomfortable if another animal or human enters its; personal space of the animal

Genetic- hereditary; inherited

Olfactory- relating to the sense of smell

Photoperiod- length of daylight or artificial light provided

Preferential mating- the preference and selection of one mate.

Rumination- the regurgitation and re-chewing of undigested food.