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Guidelines for testing expert knowledge of dog owners - theoretical and practical requirements

By W. D. Schmidt

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The expert group of the German Veterinary Chamber has established a frame-work of basic knowledge for education and examination of normal dog owners together with other groups. The most important topics of the theoretical part are: Ethology (social-behavior, communication dog-human and dog-dog, education, dog-training, learning, psychology, fear, aggression), keeping and caring (prevention, first aid, handling), nutrition and health (diets, vaccination, parasites, diseases), breeding (sexual differences, knowledge about dog-breeds and their needs), dogs in public and family (laws, interaction, obedience, control). The practical part concentrates on the ability of the owner to influence and control his dog, practical handling and the dog's obedience. Minimum age of owners is 18 years, the dog should be between 18 and 24 months old. The owner has to pass the theoretical exam only once in his/her life, the practical-part has to be repeated with every new dog older than 18 months.

Date 2003
Publication Title Deutsche Tierarztliche Wochenschrift
Volume 110
Issue 5
Pages 210-212
ISBN/ISSN 0341-6593
Language German
Author Address Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 61-63, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany.
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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Developed countries
  3. Dogs
  4. Europe
  5. Germany
  6. Knowledge
  7. Mammals
  8. OECD countries
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. pet care
  11. Pet owners.
  12. Pets and companion animals
  1. peer-reviewed