The aim of this study was to assess the effects of space allowance (4.5 m2/head vs. 9 m2/head) on thebehaviour of shelter dogs (Canis familiaris) at different times of the day (from 10:30 to 13:30 vs. from14:30 to 17:30), and the dogs’ preference between two types of beds (fabric bed vs. plastic basket).Twelve neutered dogs (seven males and five females aged 3–8 years) housed in pairs were observedusing a scan sampling recording method every 20 s for a total of 14,592 scans/treatment. An increasein space allowance increased general level of activity (risk ratio (RR) = 1.34), standing (RR = 1.37), posi-tive social interactions (RR = 2.14), visual exploration of the environment (RR = 1.21), and vocalisations(RR = 2.35). Dogs spent more time in the sitting (RR = 1.39) or standing (RR = 1.88) posture, in positive inter-actions (RR = 1.85), and active visual exploration (RR = 1.99) during the morning than in the afternoon.The dogs were more often observed in the fabric bed than in the plastic basket (53% vs. 15% of total scans,p < 0.001).Results suggest that a 9.0 m2/head space allowance could be more beneficial to dogs than one of4.5 m2.

Effects of space allowance on the behaviour of long-term housed shelter dogs

NORMANDO, SIMONA ROSARIA CARLA;CONTIERO, BARBARA;MARCHESINI, GIORGIO;RICCI, REBECCA
2014

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the effects of space allowance (4.5 m2/head vs. 9 m2/head) on thebehaviour of shelter dogs (Canis familiaris) at different times of the day (from 10:30 to 13:30 vs. from14:30 to 17:30), and the dogs’ preference between two types of beds (fabric bed vs. plastic basket).Twelve neutered dogs (seven males and five females aged 3–8 years) housed in pairs were observedusing a scan sampling recording method every 20 s for a total of 14,592 scans/treatment. An increasein space allowance increased general level of activity (risk ratio (RR) = 1.34), standing (RR = 1.37), posi-tive social interactions (RR = 2.14), visual exploration of the environment (RR = 1.21), and vocalisations(RR = 2.35). Dogs spent more time in the sitting (RR = 1.39) or standing (RR = 1.88) posture, in positive inter-actions (RR = 1.85), and active visual exploration (RR = 1.99) during the morning than in the afternoon.The dogs were more often observed in the fabric bed than in the plastic basket (53% vs. 15% of total scans,p < 0.001).Results suggest that a 9.0 m2/head space allowance could be more beneficial to dogs than one of4.5 m2.
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