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Boarding Kennel Study
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Boarding Kennel Study
Understanding Dog Barks
Boarding Kennel Study
Allelomimetic behaviour: doing what the other animals in the group do
Allelomimetic barking in shelters:
Barking in one part of the shelter starts a bedlam of barks in other areas of shelter
Average noise levels are 100 dB; peak value reaches 120 dB
Effects of loud noise in humans:
negative sleep, physiological or cognitive effects.
Dogs are capable of hearing sounds at least 4 times quieter than those perceived by humans.
So, the extreme noise in the shelters is a major stressor for them.
How do high noise levels affect dogs?
Cortisol production and its effects:
Possibility of adoption of stressed dogs
Rejected by prospective adopters
If adopted, high risk of being returned
Results of a study by Bartlett et al. (2005)
Total dogs 140,653 -
Adopted 40,005 28%
Euthanized 56,972 40%
Sleep and its affect on behaviour
Shelter dogs- beleived to be mostly pets
New environment : Loud noise + loss of daily routine
Dogs remain active during shelter business hours
Change in circadian patterns
Decline in overall health and ability to perform learned tasks
Why isn't the study conducted in an animal shelter?
Ownership of shelter dogs is unknown
Comparison of resting behaviour is difficult
Context and environment of boarding kennels similar to animal shelters-could be used for comparitive studies
What are boarding kennels?
Commercial establishments which provides accommodation, feeding and general care for dogs and cats on a short term, usually weekly, basis.
Goal: To quantify the timing and amount of rest a dog gets at home and in the kennel
5 Lower Mainland Boarding Kennels
8-10 customers from each kennel
Criteria for dog selection: age, size, behaviour and health
1. Adjustable lightweight nylon collar
2.. Accelerometer- HOBO Pendant G data-logger:
58mm x 33mm x 23mm; Weight = 18g
to monitor activity behaviour
programmed to start data collection using HOBOware Pro software
initialized to record the data for 2.5 days
Procedure and data collection:
Stages: pre-boarding, boarding and post-boarding
Data logger fitted for 5 days during each stage
Using non-parametric tests to compare the % of time each dog spends active vs. inactive in each phase
After the completion of boarding kennel study, Dog siesta study will be conducted.
quantify the amount of day time rest
test if shelter dogs will access the daytime rest opportunities
test if overall barking noise is reduced when dog siesta is provided
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