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Provedor de dados:  Ciência Rural
País:  Brazil
Título:  Behavioral assessment of shelter dogs submitted to different methods of environmental enrichment
Autores:  Sampaio,Rubia Avlade Guedes
Martins,Yanna Nascimento de Figueiredo
Barbosa,Francisca Maria Sousa
Franco,Camilla Ingrid Queiroz
Kobayashi,Maria Duarte
Talieri,Ivia Carmem
Data:  2019-01-01
Ano:  2019
Palavras-chave:  Well-being
Animal welfare
Abandoned dogs
Behavioral disorders
Resumo:  ABSTRACT: Environmental enrichment is a dynamic process consisting of a set of activities designed to meet the ethological and psychological needs of animals. It stimulates the natural behavior of each animal species improving the well-being of the individual and avoiding the development of stereotyped behaviors. The present study aimed to assess the potential benefits that four different types of environmental enrichment would bring to the quality of life of shelter dogs. Twenty dogs were observed for 6 hours daily for 5 consecutive days in the first week in order to assess and document their behavior patterns in an experimental kennel. Between the second to the fourth week, 3 forms of game and 1 type of food enrichment were used in the first 4 days of each week. On the fifth day of each week, behavioral patterns were recorded and later compiled and analyzed according to the Tukey test. Statistical analysis showed significant differences in behaviors associated with lying down, standing up, and licking. Based on our findings, we concluded that the use of environmental enrichment methods through different types of games and toys in shelters decreased signs of depression and stereotyped behavior of kennelled dogs. Results of the present study showed that these tools may help improve life quality of these animals.
Tipo:  Info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Idioma:  Inglês
Editor:  Universidade Federal de Santa Maria
Relação:  10.1590/0103-8478cr20180181
Formato:  text/html
Fonte:  Ciência Rural v.49 n.1 2019
Direitos:  info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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