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A Modified and Simplified Behavioral System Associated with Management Procedures for Assessing and Managing the Aggression Level of Free Roaming Dogs

A Modified and Simplified Behavioral System Associated with Management Procedures for Assessing and Managing the Aggression Level of Free Roaming Dogs

Amal H. Mostafa, Mohammed Y. Matoock, Heba M. A. Khalil* 

Veterinary Hygiene and Management Department, Faculty of Vet. Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, 12211, Egypt

*Correspondence | Heba M. A. Khalil, Department of Veterinary Hygiene and Management, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, 12211, Egypt; Email: heba.ali315@gmail.com, heba.ali@cu.edu.eg 

ABSTRACT

The current study implemented a modified behavioral evaluation associated with a management program for stray dogs. Eight adult native dogs were collected from Maadi district streets in Cairo. and brought to the clinic to assess their aggression level. They were exposed to a 10 behavioral test series, including friendly greeting, room behavior, leash manner, look test, sensitivity test, tag test, squeeze test, food behavior, toy behavior, and dog to dog behavior to measure the dog’s initial reaction and subsequent recovery. Then they were housed in kennels and retested after being subjected to a management procedures for one week. Most of the dogs showed no aggression in the friendly greeting test and room behavior test, moderate response for a look test and tag test, while displayed high aggressive response during leash manner, sensitivity, squeeze, food behavior, toy behavior, and dog to dog behavior tests as well. Dogs aggressive responses were reduced in all previous tests following exposure to a good management program. In conclusion, our modified behavioral system with suitable management procedures was successful; in terms of time-saving, accuracy, and reliability in assessing and managing free roaming dog’s aggressive level.

Keywords | Free roaming dogs, Aggression, SAFER, MATCH-UP-II, Management 

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Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

June

Vol. 12, Iss. 6, pp. 994-1205

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