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Kindsjö, Jannice, 2014. Hur påverkas vård- och terapihundar av sitt arbete och hur uppfattar föraren hundens känslor?. First cycle, G2E. Skara: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)



Today's research on animal assisted interventions (AAI) has focused on the positive effects on humans. Dogs used for AAI are an expanding market, but the research on this area hasn't followed the increasing use. The few studies on dogs in this field mostly observed their cortisol-levels and are very ambiguous. I have observed the behaviour of dogs working with AAI compared to when they are off-duty to see how they are affected by their work. Their handlers where also told to make an assessment of the dog's emotions during the session.

All of the dogs showed the same number or more behaviours during working session than not working. The behaviour showed most by the dogs during the study was lip licking. Lip licking was correlated or had a tendency to correlation with yawning, panting and getting a treat. The handler's assessment of the dog's emotions was mostly positive. The negative assessed emotions was positively correlated with one stress-related behaviour and negatively correlated with several stress-related behaviours which I observed. The results indicate that stress-related behaviours occur but due to the small number of dogs I can't apply it to the population and I can't say if the stress is negative or not.

Main title:Hur påverkas vård- och terapihundar av sitt arbete och hur uppfattar föraren hundens känslor?
Authors:Kindsjö, Jannice
Supervisor:Lidfors, Lena
Examiner:Loberg, Jenny
Series:Studentarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa
Volume/Sequential designation:554
Year of Publication:2014
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK002 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme 180 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)
Keywords:beteende, stress, vårdhund, terapihund, välbefinnande, djurs känslor, hund, känslor
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal physiology and biochemistry
Deposited On:12 Aug 2014 10:35
Metadata Last Modified:12 Aug 2014 10:35

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