CEU Event: Just Get ’Em Out? Investigating the Effects of Sleepover & Field Trip Programs on the Welfare of She

When: Ongoing
Where: Online


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It is likely that social isolation contributes to reduced welfare for dogs living in animal shelters. One type of intervention that addresses this concern, human interaction out of the kennel, has been demonstrated to improve behavior and reduce physiological measures of stress for shelter-living dogs. In this presentation, I will discuss research from the Canine Science Collaboratory & the Applied Animal Welfare & Behavior Lab that was conducted across the United States in which we’ve investigated the impact of two-nights away (sleepovers) from the shelter; and more recently, two-hour outings (field trips) on dogs’ stress, rest, and activity levels. We’ll examine their particular effects to better understand how these programs are impacting the lives of dogs awaiting adoption in animal shelters. Learning Objectives: Gain a better understanding of the impact of human interaction on the welfare of dogs living in animal shelters Reference the different physiological and activity measures used to measure canine welfare Differentiate the effects of these interventions and their overall impact on welfare Utilize this information to develop enrichment strategies for dogs in your shelter

Speaker(s):Dr. Lisa Gunter

Contact: Sharon Nettles
 Email: membershipcoordinator@petprofessionalguild.com
 Phone: 731-300-6520
 Web: https://petprofessionalguild.com/event-3661838