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Evaluation of animal-owner relationship in dogs of cities from São Paulo state

Grant number: 11/12860-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2011
Effective date (End): September 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Animal Husbandry - Ecology of Domestic Animals and Ethology
Principal researcher:Cristiane Gonçalves Titto
Grantee:Bárbara Monteiro da Silva Marques Alves
Home Institution: Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Pirassununga , SP, Brazil


The occurrence of behavioral problems in dogs has strong animal welfare implications and on their relationship with the owners. In Brazil there are few studies relating the occurrence of behavioral problems in dogs. More specifically, there is a little information about the variables that influence the behavioral problems and their importance in this scenery. This project aims to investigate the most important variables related with the epidemiology, etiology and ontogeny of behavioral problems in dogs. A questionnaire to be applied to the dog owners with different profiles and to veterinaries will be formulated and used for the target population in three cities from the São Paulo state. It is expected to validate a method to evaluate the impact of the behavioral problems in dogs using the questionnaire. Finally, it is important to point out that, in order to validate and apply the proposed questionnaire, a survey of the main elements profile that influence the behavioral problems in dogs will be obtained.

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