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A note on the influence of visual conspecific contact on the behaviour of sheltered dogs

By D. L. Wells, P. G. Hepper

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The effects of visual contact with other dogs on the behaviour of dogs housed in a rescue shelter were examined. 407 dogs were studied: 212 dogs were housed in cages that allowed for visual contact with dogs in opposite pens; 195 dogs were deprived of visual contact with other dogs by being housed in cages opposite empty pens. The dogs' position in the cage (front, middle, back), activity (moving, standing, sitting, resting, sleeping), and vocalization (barking, quiet, other) were recorded over a 4 h period. Dogs which were allowed visual con-specific contact spent significantly more of their time at the front of the pen (in a position to see other dogs) than animals denied such contact (87.7% vs. 24.6

Date 1998
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 60
Issue 1
Pages 83-88
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Canine Behaviour Centre, School of Psychology, Queen's University of Belfast, Belfast, BT7 1NN, UK.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal rights
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Cages
  6. Dogs
  7. Housing
  8. Kennels
  9. Mammals
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. Pets and companion animals
  12. stimulation
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