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  1. Perceived importance of specific kennel management practices for the provision of canine welfare

    Contributor(s):: Cobb, M. L., Carter, A., Lill, A., Bennett, P. C.

    There is public interest for the welfare of dogs that spend at least part of their lives housed in kennel facilities, such as working, shelter and sporting dogs. The impacts of living in environments that limit social, physical, and behavioral opportunities are generally well understood in other...

  2. Adoption and relinquishment interventions at the animal shelter: a review

    Contributor(s):: Protopopova, A., Gunter, L. M.

  3. Could Greater Time Spent Displaying Waking Inactivity in the Home Environment Be a Marker for a Depression-Like State in the Domestic Dog?

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    | Contributor(s):: Naomi D. Harvey, Alexandra Moesta, Sarah Kappel, Chanakarn Wongsaengchan, Hannah Harris, Peter J. Craigon, Carole Fureix

    Dogs exposed to aversive events can become inactive and unresponsive and are commonly referred to as being “depressed”, but this association remains to be tested. We investigated whether shelter dogs spending greater time inactive “awake but motionless” (ABM) in their...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Kiddie, Jenna L., Collins, Lisa 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...

  5. Behavioural outcomes of housing for domestic dog puppies (Canis lupus familiaris)

    | Contributor(s):: Majecka, Katarzyna, P─ůsiek, Magdalena, Pietraszewski, Dariusz, Smith, Carl

    Domestic dogs experience a sensitive period for learning during early life and conditions during this time can have important consequences in the adult. We investigated the effects of kennel environment during early life, comparing the temperaments of puppies reared in indoor kennels, located in...

  6. Benefits of intraspecific social exposure in adult Swiss military dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Gfrerer, Nastassja, Taborsky, Michael, Würbel, Hanno

    Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) are social animals and, therefore, social interactions with conspecifics are crucial for their welfare. However, in kennelled dogs, the ability to interact with conspecifics may be limited. Swiss military dogs, for instance, are kept individually without direct...

  7. Evaluating FIDO: Developing and pilot testing the Field Instantaneous Dog Observation tool

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    | Contributor(s):: Amy E. Bauer, Mary Jordan, Monica Colon, Traci Shreyer, Candace C. Croney

    Field assessments of the health and welfare of kenneled dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) must be both accurate and rapid. In order to facilitate such evaluations, especially by individuals with limited training in canine behavior and welfare, a non-invasive tool was developed and pilot-tested...

  8. Does Flooring Substrate Impact Kennel and Dog Cleanliness in Commercial Breeding Facilities?

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    | Contributor(s):: Judith Stella, Moriah Hurt, Amy Bauer, Paulo Gomes, Audrey Ruple, Alan Beck, Candace Croney

    Evaluation of kennel flooring surfaces is needed to understand their impacts on dog health and well-being. This pilot study aimed to characterize aspects of physical health, kennel cleanliness, and dog body cleanliness on flooring types common in US breeding kennels. Subjects were 118 adult dogs...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. All Weather Doghouse

    | Contributor(s):: Marcus Catchpole

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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 dogs'...

  16. 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)...

  17. 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,...

  18. 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...

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

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    | 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...

  20. Purebred dogs and canine wellbeing

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    | 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...