Les hommes ont oublié cette vérité. Mais tu ne dois pas l'oublier, dit le renard. Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.
Le Petit Prince, chap. 21

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Welfare and behaviour of communal dogs and community perception

Rüncos, L. H. E. (2014). Bem-estar e comportamento de cães comunitários e percepção da comunidade. Dissertação apresentada ao Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Veterinárias, Universidade Federal do Paraná como requisito parcial à obtenção do grau de Mestre em Ciências Veterinárias.

The maintenance of community dogs rises as an alternative of compassionate management that contributes to population control and for improving dogs lives, contributing to diminishing risks for human health. Therefore it is important to study relevant questions of community dogs management. This work’s objectives were to evaluate the life conditions of dogs kept as community ones, performing a welfare diagnosis, studying their behavior, and the attitude and opinion of caretakers and other neighbors about related questions. Such knowledge is essential to understand the local community´s culture and help improving compassionate population control strategies. The present study is divided in five chapters: (I) Presentation; (II) Welfare, (III) Behavior of community dogs in two cities in Southern Brazil, (IV) Attitude and opinion of community dogs caretakers and local neighbors in Southern Brazil, and (V) Final Considerations. Chapter´s 2 results indicate that dogs welfare was regular or high for most dogs. However, there are welfare restrictions that should be minimized. Welfare indicators of behavior presented the best results. Community dogs behavior, studied in chapter 3, was docile and based on positive interactions in general. However there were punctual cases of agonistic behavior, which deserve attention. Caretakers and neighbors attitude was of concern and care towards dogs.
However, responsible guardianship was not well known and practiced by all oh them. The opinion of the studied population was in accordance with a no-kill culture for dogs. The results all together may be used as a base for the community dogs strategy improvement, as for improving dogs welfare. With this work, we expect to contribute for enhance and consolidate a compassionate dog population management strategy.

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