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Basic requirements for good behavioural health and welfare in dogs

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Abstract

Human coevolution with dogs gives them a unique advantage in fulfilling the role of man’s best friend; their sensitivity and responsiveness to human emotional states as well as their ability to enjoy shared activities, walks, play and tactility further endear them to their owners. This chapter reviews meeting basic nutritional needs, elimination and toileting behaviours, shelter and resting areas, physical activities, treats and rewards, tactile affection, independence from owner, training and structured activities, routine activities.

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3.1 Veterinary practices pay a vital role in canine welfare.
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3.3 Puppies benefit hugely from engaging in play with well socialized adult dogs.
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3.4 Play behaviour lasts into adulthood.
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3.5 Positive interactions such as play contribute to development of the human–dog bond.
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3.7 Tactile affection between owner and dog can have emotional and physiological benefits for both.
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3.8 Owners can create an enriched environment for their dogs at home using simple garden furniture, plastic drums and pallets.
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3.10 Children should be encouraged to participate in reinforcement of the dog’s training.
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3.11 Cars should be equipped to carry dogs safely and in comfort, providing access to water where feasible.
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3.12 Once clients have found a veterinary practice where they and their dog both feel comfortable, they are more likely to remain bonded with that practice.

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