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Broström Stenberg, Melissa, 2024. Tasspositiva sinnen : en litteraturstudie om hundars mentala hälsa. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Applied Animal Science and Welfare



In this literature review, we explore the mental health of dogs, focusing on grief, separation anxiety and aggression. Understanding and addressing dogs’ mental health is important because it helps prevent unnecessary suffering of the dogs, as directed by animal welfare laws.
Grief in dogs is not fully understood, but it exhibits characteristics like those observed in human grief. Studies suggest that dogs may exhibit behavioral changes following the loss of a companion. However, distinguishing genuine grief from anthropomorphic interpretations remains challenging. Nevertheless, research into this area is vital for enhancing our understanding of dogs’ emotional needs and promoting their overall wellbeing.
Separation anxiety ranks among the most prevalent behavioral issues in dogs, often manifesting in distress when left alone. This condition is particularly common in dogs with strong attachments to their owners, leading to behaviors like following the owner closely, exhibiting signs of stress when anticipating separation, and sometimes resorting to destructive behaviors. Treatment usually involves environmental management, behavior modification techniques and medication.
Dog aggression poses significant challenges, both for the animals and the owners of the dogs. While various factors contribute to aggressive behavior, effective management strategies are crucial for preventing incidents and ensuring the safety of humans and other animals. Treatment approaches focus on behavior modification techniques alongside educating dog owners on understanding and addressing their dogs’ needs.
To effectively address dogs’ mental health, we need a comprehensive strategy that includes preventive measures and owner education. By increasing awareness and empathy for dogs´ emotional wellbeing, we can enhance their quality of life and deepen the bond between humans and animals.

Main title:Tasspositiva sinnen
Subtitle:en litteraturstudie om hundars mentala hälsa
Authors:Broström Stenberg, Melissa
Supervisor:Andersson, Maria
Examiner:Anderson, Claes
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2024
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK007 Etologi och djurskydd (kandidat) 180,0 hp
Supervising department:(VH) > Applied Animal Science and Welfare
Keywords:mental hälsa, separationsångest, sorg, aggression, sällskapshundar
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Deposited On:03 Jul 2024 10:38
Metadata Last Modified:05 Jul 2024 01:15

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