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  1. Evaluating the physical welfare of dogs in commercial breeding facilities in the United States

    Contributor(s):: Moriah J. Hurt, Candace Croney (adviser)

    Despite high levels of public concern, the state of commercial breeding (CB) dog welfare is largely unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize the physical welfare of dogs in CB facilities and their environment in Indiana. This study specifically aimed 1) to characterize dog foot...

  2. Judging a dog by its cover: morphology but not training influences visitor behavior toward kenneled dogs at animal shelters

    Contributor(s):: Protopopova, A., Wynne, C. D. L.

    Currently, visitor behavior in companion animal shelters is not adequately explored. A sequence of experiments investigated how visitors interacted with kenneled dogs at an animal shelter and whether training dogs to not engage in undesirable behavior in their kennels would evoke more interest...

  3. All Weather Doghouse

    Contributor(s):: Marcus Catchpole

  4. Automated monitoring of resting in dogs

    Contributor(s):: Clarke, N., Fraser, D.

    Dogs may be deprived of adequate rest in certain environments such as noisy shelters or kennels. Accelerometers have been used to assess gross activity in dogs, but do not appear to distinguish simple inactivity from the prone, head-down recumbency that typifies sustained rest in the species. We...

  5. The effects of audiobooks on the behaviour of dogs at a rehoming kennels

    Contributor(s):: Brayley, C., Montrose, V. T.

    Domestic dogs are often kept in kennelled environments. These may be stressful, and impact negatively upon welfare, due to unpredictable variations in space, social interaction and noise. Auditory stimulation such as music has been demonstrated to enhance animal welfare in a range of species,...

  6. The economics of the right to keep a dog: a case study of a private housing complex in Hong Kong

    Contributor(s):: Yau, Yung, Chiu, ShukMan

    Dog guardianship has gained popularity in many cities as a result of animal domestication. In spite of its benefits, dog guardianship in high-density urban housing creates certain problems, including increased health risks. Conflicts between different interested parties over the right to keep...

  7. Physiological, physical and behavioural changes in dogs (Canis familiaris) when kennelled: testing the vailidity of stress parameters

    Contributor(s):: Cherie Elizabeth Part, Jenna L Kiddie, William Hayes, Daniel Mills, Rachel F Neville, David B Morton, Lisa M Collins

    Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) housed in kennelling establishments are considered at risk of suffering poor welfare. Previous research supporting this hypothesis has typically used cortisol:creatinine ratios (C/Cr) to measure acute and chronic stress in kennelled dogs. However, the value of...

  8. The boarding kennel and dog day-care centre: dog holidays

    Contributor(s):: Carr, N.

    This chapter explores the history, scale and nature of boarding kennels and dog day-care centres. Associated with these businesses, the chapter also discusses the professional pet-sitting industry. This analysis is set within the recognition of the changing nature of human-dog relations and the...

  9. A comparison of pet and purpose-bred research dog ( Canis familiaris) performance on human-guided object-choice tasks

    Contributor(s):: Lazarowski, L., Dorman, D. C.

    Several studies have shown that domestic dogs respond to human social cues such as pointing. Some experiments have shown that pet dogs outperformed wolves in following a momentary distal point. These findings have lent support to the hypothesis that domestication is responsible for domestic...

  10. Captive coyotes compared to their counterparts in the wild: does environmental enrichment help?

    Contributor(s):: Shivik, J. A., Palmer, G. L., Gese, E. M., Osthaus, B.

    This article attempts to determine the effects of environment (captive or wild) and a simple form of environmental enrichment on the behavior and physiology of a nonhuman animal. Specifically, analyses first compared behavioral budgets and stereotypic behavior of captive coyotes (Canis latrans)...

  11. Kennel Enrichment: Exercise and Socialization of Dogs

    Contributor(s):: Coppinger, Raymond, Zuccotti, Jule

    Focuses on the socialization and exercise of dogs as part of the kennel enrichment programs in the United States. Influence of a dog's mental state on good health and well-being; Presentation of objects to be manipulated and played with for enrichment purposes; Techniques of group kenneling,...

  12. Noise in the animal shelter environment: building design and the effects of daily noise exposure

    Contributor(s):: Coppola, C. L., Enns, R. M., Grandin, T.

    Sound levels in animal shelters regularly exceed 100 dB. Noise is a physical stressor on animals that can lead to behavioral, physiological, and anatomical responses. There are currently no policies regulating noise levels in dog kennels. The objective of this study was to evaluate the noise...

  13. Prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus haemolyticus in companion animals: a cross-sectional study

    Contributor(s):: Modestas Ruzauskas, Rita Siugzdiniene, Irena Klimiene, Marius Virgailis, Raimundas Mockeliunas, Lina Vaskeviciute, Dainius Zienius

    BackgroundAmong coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus haemolyticus is the second most frequently isolated species from human blood cultures and has the highest level of antimicrobial resistance. This species has zoonotic character and is prevalent both in humans and animals. Recent...

  14. Development and validation of a quality of life assessment tool for use in kennelled dogs ( Canis familiaris)

    Contributor(s):: Kiddie, J. L., Collins, L. M.

    There is currently no objective and validated quality of life assessment tool available to assess the quality of life of domestic dogs in kennels. This study aimed to develop a validated scoring system to assess the quality of life of dogs kennelled in rehoming centres. Objective animal-based...

  15. Purebred dogs and canine wellbeing

    Contributor(s):: Jeppsson, S.

    Breeders of purebred dogs usually have several goals they want to accomplish, of which canine wellbeing is one. The purpose of this article is to investigate what we ought to do given this goal. Breeders typically think that they fulfil their wellbeing-related duties by doing the best they can...

  16. A comparison of uniaxial and triaxial accelerometers for the assessment of physical activity in dogs

    Contributor(s):: Cheung, K. W., Starling, M. J., McGreevy, P. D.

    The present study compares the outputs of uniaxial accelerometer (UA) and triaxial accelerometer (TA) to determine whether UAs can be used instead of TAs in estimating physical activity (PA) in domestic dogs (N=79). The PA of the dogs was measured simultaneously by a UA and a TA attached to...

  17. Cross sectional study comparing behavioural, cognitive and physiological indicators of welfare between short and long term kennelled domestic dogs

    Contributor(s):: Titulaer, M., Blackwell, E. J., Mendl, M., Casey, R. A.

  18. Why did you choose this pet?: Adopters and pet selection preferences in five animal shelters in the United States

    Contributor(s):: Weiss, E., Miller, K., Mohan-Gibbons, H., Vela, C.

  19. The effect of familiarity on behaviour of kennel housed dogs during interactions with humans

    Contributor(s):: Pullen, A. J., Merrill, R. J. N., Bradshaw, J. W. S.

  20. A review of environmental enrichment for kennelled dogs, Canis familiaris

    Contributor(s):: Wells, D. L.

    Domestic dogs can be housed in a variety of confined conditions, including kennels, shelters and laboratories. Concern over the well-being of dogs housed in human care has prompted much research in recent years into the enrichment of environments for kennelled dogs. This paper highlights the...