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Dahlqvist, Amanda, 2021. Välfärden hos hemlösa hundägare och deras hundar : effekterna av samhällsnormer på hemlösa ägare och deras hundars välfärd. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health



Dogs owned by people who do not own a home, is a topic that has not been greatly studied. The companionship humans have to their animal may differ when the owner is homeless. The purpose of this study was to get an insight into the welfare of homeless dog owners and their dogs, how their attachments affect each other as well as how societal norms affect their welfare. In addition to that the study explored how the covid-19 pandemic affected the human and dog dynamic in isolation. The results showed that the welfare of people living in homelessness can be improved through owning and creating a bond with a dog. There is evidence that the negative aspects of homelessness decrease such as substance abuse and criminal activity through the companionship of a dog. Despite the fact that evidence shows that the welfare of dogs owned by a homeless owner is not inferior to a dog living in a conventional home, there is not as much evidence that the welfare improves for dogs. This is due to numerous factors, such as the impact of societal norms and prejudice as well as an unsuitable living situation. Considering that there is limited of research in this subject, this study can illustrate the potential benefits of homeless owners owning a dog and how making it more accessible can improve the welfare of both the owner and its dog. Furthermore, this study can hopefully encourage further research about this subject, that can potentially reduce prejudice and instead help to improve the living situation for people living in homelessness with their dog.

Main title:Välfärden hos hemlösa hundägare och deras hundar
Subtitle:effekterna av samhällsnormer på hemlösa ägare och deras hundars välfärd
Authors:Dahlqvist, Amanda
Supervisor:Lidfors, Lena
Examiner:Andersson, Maria
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK005 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme, 180.0hp
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Keywords:Human-companion animal bond, homeless, attitudes, perception, welfare, canine, dog, owner, addiction
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal husbandry
Human medicine, health, and safety
Deposited On:21 Apr 2022 08:51
Metadata Last Modified:22 Apr 2022 01:00

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