Special Issue "Humane Global Dog Management"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Companion Animals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Andrew Nicholas Rowan
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Guest Editor
The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, DC, USA

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that MDPI has established a Special Issue of Animals on “Humane Global Dog Management”, devoted to new research aimed at increasing our understanding of global dog populations, both street dogs and private (pet) dogs, as well as the impact of different dog management approaches around the world. This Special Issue is focused on improving the following:
a) Our understanding of relative dog populations (i.e., dogs per 1000 people) in different countries and regions of the world and the factors influencing the size of those populations over time and across cultures as well as strategies to reduce the populations of street dogs and improve their care;
b) The impact of different management approaches on reducing roaming dog populations, improving the health of community dogs, improving human–dog interactions (including reducing the rate of dog bites and human rabies incidence in communities), and other impacts on dog and community wellbeing; and
c) Understanding the growth of small animal veterinary practice as a proxy for changing patterns of human–dog interactions, over time, in different countries.

Dr. Andrew Nicholas Rowan
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • dog
  • welfare
  • pet
  • wellbeing
  • human—dog interaction

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Evaluation of the FitBark Activity Monitor for Measuring Physical Activity in Dogs
Animals 2021, 11(3), 781; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030781 - 11 Mar 2021
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Abstract
Accelerometers track changes in physical activity which can indicate health and welfare concerns in dogs. The FitBark 2 (FitBark) is an accelerometer for use with dogs; however, no studies have externally validated this tool. The objective of this study was to evaluate FitBark [...] Read more.
Accelerometers track changes in physical activity which can indicate health and welfare concerns in dogs. The FitBark 2 (FitBark) is an accelerometer for use with dogs; however, no studies have externally validated this tool. The objective of this study was to evaluate FitBark criterion validity by correlating FitBark activity data to dog step count. Dogs (n = 26) were fitted with a collar-mounted FitBark and individually recorded for 30 min using a three-phase approach: (1) off-leash room explore; (2) human–dog interaction; and (3) on-leash walk. Video analysis was used to count the number of times the front right paw touched the ground (step count). Dog step count and FitBark activity were moderately correlated across all phases (r = 0.65, p < 0.001). High correlations between step count and FitBark activity were observed during phases 1 (r = 0.795, p < 0.001) and 2 (r = 0.758, p < 0.001), and a low correlation was observed during phase 3 (r = 0.498, p < 0.001). In conclusion, the FitBark is a valid tool for tracking physical activity in off-leash dogs; however, more work should be done to identify the best method of tracking on-leash activity. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: The role of human behaviour change in companion animal management: A case study of Praia de Faro, Portugal.
Authors: Harry
Affiliation: UK

Title: Evaluation of the FitBark activity monitor for measuring physical activity in dogs
Authors: Jessica Colpoys
Affiliation: Truman State University, Kirksville, MO

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