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Title: Leonardi et al., Animals 2024
Other Titles: Participation in a prison-based training programme is beneficial for rescue dogs
Creator(s): Leonardi, Rebecca
Vick, Sarah-Jane
Buchanan-Smith, Hannah M
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Keywords: Dogs
Positive Reinforcement Training
Animal Assisted Intervention
Date Available: 6-May-2024
Citation: Leonardi, R; Buchanan-Smith, HM; Vick, SJ (2024): Leonardi et al., Animals 2024. University of Stirling, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Dataset.
Publisher: University of Stirling, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Dataset Description (Abstract): These data contribute to the journal article Leonardi et al. (2024), Participation in a prison-based training programme is beneficial for rescue dogs. Animals. Abstract: Dogs are often relinquished because of behavioural issues which may be exacerbated in rehoming centres. Prison-based dog training programmes (DTPs) may enhance outcomes for rescue dogs by providing socialisation and training opportunities to improve behaviour, welfare and likelihood of rehoming. We assessed whether dogs benefitted from participation, 1-3 times per week, in a prison-based DTP in which male young offenders learn how to train and care for dogs waiting to be rehomed. Within DTP sessions, there was significant improvement on a range of training tasks (n=42 dogs). Analyses of videos (n=17 dogs) in the kennels and a training barn pre- and post-DTP participation showed improvement in some positive behaviours, but no significant change in other behaviours. Subjective ratings by staff of the dogs’ behaviour were made (n=20 dogs). De-sirable behaviours (e.g. playful/friendly) increased, and most undesirable behaviours (e.g. frus-trated and noisy) decreased. Participation in the DTP did not mitigate all negative behaviours. However, improvements are consistent with enhanced welfare and likelihood of successful re-homing. Prison-based DTPs can be effective in supporting the work of animal rescue organisations to improve outcomes for dogs, while offering people in custody an opportunity to engage in purposeful activity and provide a community service.
Dataset Description (TOC): Data files associated with article: Leonardi et al (2024) Participation in a prison-based training programme is beneficial for rescue dogs. Animals, 14(11), Article 1530.
Type: dataset
Funder(s): ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council
Geographic Location(s): UK
Rights: Rights covered by the standard CC-BY 4.0 licence:
Affiliation(s) of Dataset Creator(s): University of Stirling (Psychology)

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