A Review of Environmental Enrichment for Kennelled Dogs, Canis familiaris

Scientific Journal Articles

Domestic dogs can be housed in a variety of confined conditions, including kennels, shelters and laboratories. Concern over the well-being of dogs housed in human care has prompted much research in recent years into the enrichment of environments for kennelled dogs. This paper highlights the findings and recommendations arising from this work. Two types of general enrichment method are discussed, namely animate (i.e. enrichment through the provision of social contacts with conspecifics and humans) and inanimate (i.e. enrichment through the provision of toys, cage furniture, auditory and olfactory stimulation). The benefits and, where relevant, possible disadvantages, to these various types of enrichment method are highlighted throughout.

Wells, D. L. (2004). A review of environmental enrichment for kennelled dogs, canis familiaris. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 85(3), 307-317. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2003.11.005

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Topic(s): Breeder Resource, Environment, Kennel - Complex Environments, Kennel Design