Journal article

The behaviour of Labrador retrievers in suburban backyards: The relationships between the backyard environment and dog behaviour

Amanda Jane Kobelt, Paul H Hemsworth, John L Barnett, Grahame J Coleman, Kym L Butler

APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2007

Abstract

Most pet dogs in urban Australia are confined to their owners' property in a suburban backyard. Despite the literature on the effect of captive environments on both farm and zoo animals, there is little objective information on the effects of confining pet dogs. The prevalence of behavioural problems in pet dogs may be an indication that dogs are not well adapted to some backyard environments. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of being confined in backyards on dog behaviour by observing the behaviour of 55 Labrador retrievers in various backyard settings. The behaviour of the dogs was recorded for 48 h and the social and physical environment of the dogs quantified. Time budgets..

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