General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes:
By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes.
Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers for further information.
Canine Behaviour And Welfare Theme
• Working Group Coordinator(s): Alexandre Balzer, Franc; Nathalie Marlois, France
• IPFD/SCC Steering Committee Liaison: Gregoire Leroy;
• Facilitator: Patricia Olson, USA; Caroline Kisko, UK
• Notetaker: Kelly Arthur, USA
Keys To The Behaviour And Welfare Theme
The Theme will focus on what can be done during breeding decisions, early life and onward to address issues related to behaviour, health and welfare, in the context of current knowledge. We are not yet able to fully quantify the roles of genetics vs. environment (physical and human (breeder, owner)), in general, and certainly not across all breeds. However, many feel that an increased focus on behaviour/ mentality/ personality as part of a holistic approach to overall health, well-being and welfare is warranted. Given this complex inter-relationship of dog and human factors, it is important to address this problem at a multi-stakeholder level and to identify the roles different groups and individuals. Some of the keys we hope to address in the Behaviour and Welfare theme are:
- What is the inter-relationship between health, welfare and behaviour in assessing the well-being of dogs? (Introduced by plenary speaker Paula Boyden from Dogs Trust.)
Early socialization is an important issue with a lasting impact on behaviour and welfare:
- What are the roles and responsibilities for authorities, breeders, cynological organizations, ethologists, geneticists, veterinarians and welfare organizations?
- What are the greatest barriers, challenges and opportunities that can be addressed at an international level?
- How is this impacted by the source of puppies, i.e. the increasing proportion that are coming from commercial breeders who are unlikely to breed for good temperament or to provide adequate early socialization.
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