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The Sleep of Shelter Dogs Was Not Disrupted by Overnight Light Rather than Darkness in a Crossover Trial

By Katherine A. Houpt, Hollis N. Erb, Genaro A. Coria-Avila

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Dogs in shelters may be unattended at night. The purpose of this study is to describe the night-time behavior of dogs in a shelter and to determine if artificial light affected their sleeping patterns. Ten dogs were video-recorded under both light and dark conditions and their behavior recorded using focal animal sampling. The dogs were lying down 649 ± 40 min (mean ± SD) in the light condition and 629 ± 58 min in the dark condition each night. They awoke, stood up, turned around and then lay down again every 48 to 50 min. There was no significant difference in time spent lying between the two conditions (p > 0.05). Light did not seem to affect their behavior. The conclusion is that dogs in shelters may sleep in the absence of people and that light does not disrupt their sleep patterns.

Submitter

Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publication Title Animals
Volume 9
Issue 10
Pages 6
Publisher MDPI
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9100794
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/9/10/794
Language English
Additional Language English
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Tags
  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal shelters
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
  6. nocturnal activity
  7. open access
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Shelter pets
  10. sleep
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