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Identifying environmental and management factors that may be associated with the quality of life of kennelled dogs ( Canis familiaris)

By J. Kiddie, L. Collins

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This paper describes the use of a validated quality of life assessment tool (described elsewhere) to identify environmental and management factors that may affect quality of life in dogs kennelled in rehoming centres. Dogs were allocated to one of the four treatment groups, all of which had a positive (0.0-1.0) average quality of life score: long stay dogs with an enriched routine had a mean score of 0.477; long stay dogs with a standard routine had a mean score of 0.453; newly admitted dogs with an enriched routine had a mean score of 0.399; and newly admitted dogs with a standard routine had a mean score of 0.362. Only 2% of the dogs had a negative score (-1.0-0.0). Thirteen rehoming centre managers completed a questionnaire relating to the kennel environment and management practices of their rehoming centres. The environmental and management factors' associations with quality of life scores, collected from 202 dogs from the 13 rehoming centres using this scoring system, were analysed as fixed factors in a linear mixed-effect model, with rehoming centre fitted as a random factor, and a multiple linear regression model. There was a statistically significant association between quality of life scores and rehoming centre ( H(12)=54.153, p

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 167
Pages 43-55
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.03.007
Language English
Author Address Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Herts AL9 7TA, UK.jenna.kiddie@anglia.ac.uk lcollins@lincoln.ac.uk
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Animals
  4. Canidae
  5. Canine
  6. Carnivores
  7. Decision making
  8. Diets
  9. Dogs
  10. Exercise
  11. Feeding
  12. Grooming
  13. Mammals
  14. Mathematics and statistics
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. quality
  17. Quality of life
  18. Questionnaires
  19. training
  20. variation
  21. vertebrates
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