Enrichment is changing an animal’s environment to promote behavioral and physical health. The goals of an enrichment plan are to reduce stress and support normal dog behaviors.
An animal has good welfare if they are healthy, comfortable, and well-fed. Animals with good welfare show natural behaviors and do not experience pain, fear, or distress.
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Mellor, D.J. and Stafford, K.J. (2001). Integrating practical, regulatory and ethical strategies for enhancing farm animal welfare. Australian Veterinary Journal, 79, 762 – 768.
The “ENVIRONMENT” module of the Canine Welfare Science Curriculum includes three main categories: Environmental Management and Monitoring, Kennel Design with Welfare Considerations, and Retirement and Re-homing. Libraries for each have been carefully curated from a variety of sources to translate the current science and assist caretakers to positively impact the welfare of dogs in their care. Together, with knowledge and effort, we can improve the welfare of dogs.