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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. All Weather Doghouse

    | Contributor(s):: Marcus Catchpole

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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'...

  11. 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)...

  12. 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,...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  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. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. Noise in dog kennelling: is barking a welfare problem for dogs?

    | Contributor(s):: Sales, G., Hubrecht, R., Peyvandi, A., Milligan, S., Shield, B.

    Noise levels (sound pressure levels, SPLs) were monitored over 24 and 48 h in a number of different types of kennels including shelters, training establishments and research laboratories. Two measures of SPL were used, Lpeak and Leq, over both low (1 Hz-20 kHz) and high (12.5-70 kHz) frequency...

  20. The effect of feeding enrichment toys on the behaviour of kennelled dogs ( Canis familiaris )

    | Contributor(s):: Schipper, L. L., Vinke, C. M., Schilder, M. B. H., Spruijt, B. M.

    In general, an animal's inability to perform specific behaviours (for example, due to a lack of suitable stimuli or physical restraint) is often viewed as a cause of reduced welfare of animals kept in captivity. There is increasing evidence that the opportunity to display more species-specific...