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RESULTS
There was an increase in feeding time and exploratory behavior (P<0.05), on the other hand, the behavior
of coprophagy decreased (P<0.05) in dogs that had environmental enrichment included.
CONCLUSIONS
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BEHAVIOR
PREVALENCE OF BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS IN DOGS ADOPTED FROM SHELTERS
E. Voslarova1, S. Vitulova1, V. Vecerek1
1University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Department of Animal Protection Welfare and Behaviour, Brno, Czech Republic
INTRODUCTION
Adoption success is influenced by many factors. The current research underlines specifically the importance of good behaviour to dog adopters.
OBJECTIVES
The aim of this study was to assess behaviour of dogs adopted from shelters as perceived by their adopters.
METHODS
In order to collect information on behaviour of adopted dogs, a questionnare was handed in to people adopting a dog from Czech shelters. The results were analyzed using the statistical package Unistat 5.6. Statistical comparisons between frequencies of the categorical variables of interest were performed with the chi-square test within the contingency table procedures.
RESULTS
According to the respondents of our survey, 72% of
dogs exhibited behavioural problems in the first week after adoption. The most frequent behaviour problems
in adopted dogs were aggression (24%), fearfulness (21%), destructiveness (17%), excessive vocalisation (15%) and separation anxiety (13%). 30% of adopted dogs exhibited more than one type of problem behaviours.
No effect (P > 0.05) of sex, age, size or health status
was found. However, a significant (P < 0.05) impact of abuse on occurrence of problem behaviours was found. Shelter dogs with documented history of abuse exhibited problem behaviours after adoption more frequently than non-abused dogs.
CONCLUSIONS
Given the fact how common the presence of problem behaviour in shelter dogs is and how often it was cited as the primary reason for relinquishment or returning dogs to animal shelter providing help to adopters to remedy common shelter dog behaviour problems could significantly increase the rate of successfully adopted dogs.
  Feeding dogs with PetBallĀ® increases exploratory behavior and decreases coprophagy in laboratory dogs.
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