Dog assisted interventions in a specialized centre and potential concerns for animal welfare
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In the last decade the employment of dogs in ‘Animal Assisted Interventions’ (AAI) has encountered growing popularity, in the absence of a systematic assessment of the potential threats to the welfare of the animals (Serpell et al. 2006). The present study is aimed at the analysis of the conditions in which dogs residing in a single specialized centre are most frequently employed and the potential sources of distress. In this context, the large number of AAI performed and the uniformity in the management of the animals, allows avoiding the potential effects of different living conditions of the dogs.
Materials and methods
The present study was conducted among the ‘Centro Pet Therapy’, an experimental service provided by the Health Service in Verona (ULSS 20), aimed at structuring and concretizing the practice of AAI in the Veneto region. In this structure, resident dogs are pair-housed in several 30 m2 pens; the facility also comprises three 100 m2fenced areas, intended...
KeywordsAge of the client Animal Assisted Intervention Animal welfare Dog
Animal Assisted Activities
Animal Assisted Interventions
Animal Assisted Therapies
- Serpell J.A., Coppinger R., Fine H.A., 2006. Welfare considerations in Therapy and Assistance Animals. In: Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, H.A. Fine (Ed), 2nd edition. Academic Press: San Diego, 453–474.Google Scholar