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Research Report on Canine Environmental Enrichment By Sandra FORNES
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The study examines the deleterious impact of impoverished environments and the benefits of enriched environments for dogs in institutionalized settings as well as the benefits for working dogs and... More > canine companions. Based on current human and non-human enrichment literature, research and practices, a canine sensory-enriched environment model illustrates the positive effects on dogs. Maintaining an enriched housing environment that provides a broad range of novel and complex sensory, sensory motor, and social experiences and provides opportunities for exploration, control and to express species-specific behaviors provides long-lasting positive physiological, psychological, and behavioral changes both in young and older dogs that have been living in a confined environment. The study concludes that a “free-roaming environment may be the most optimal environmental enrichment strategy and provides enriching and sensory stimulating elements that encourage dogs to interact with their environment in a natural way.< Less
A Survey of Animal Shelters and Their Frequency of Use of Enrichment By Sandra FORNES
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Historically, animal shelters were designed as temporary holding facilities for abandoned or relinquished dogs. Today, shelters are now becoming “home” for dogs that are not adopted or... More > fostered, breeding new challenges of kennel-induced behavioral problems, thereby reducing adoption rates. While “no-kill” shelters are on the rise, there have been little changes in the structure and design of shelters to improve canine welfare. A survey of animal shelters identifies that environmental enrichment in today’s shelter settings is very limited, and many housing environments do not meet the current Animal Welfare Act (AWA) guidelines, thus negatively impacting canine welfare and health. This study examines the relationship between shelter dogs with behavioral problems and the enrichment provided for the dogs. A survey of animal shelters exemplifies the frequency and types of environmental enrichment, if any, and what factors may limit the use of various enrichment elements in shelter settings.< Less
Environmental Enrichment to Prevent and Resolve Fearful, Stereotypical, and Agnostic Behaviors in Long-Term Shelter Dogs By Sandra FORNES
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Long-term shelter stays increase the risk of dogs developing or intensifying kennel-induced behavioral problems. These problem behaviors are major reasons dogs are relinquished to shelters and... More > euthanized. The prevention of these problem behaviors in kenneled dogs is an important welfare concern. This study addresses the use of environmental enrichment to reduce, eliminate and prevent kennel0induced behavioral problems so as to improve dogs' physiological and psychological health, enhancing their welfare.< Less
Job Retention Model for Adult Workers with Mental Challenges By Sandra FORNES
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The findings of this study highlight the importance of self-determination skills in predicting job retention, satisfaction, and job performance for employees with MR. The study concluded that workers... More > with MR who had more self-determination skills were employed longer, more job satisfaction, and better performers on the job. Also, individuals whose jobs were matched to their interests and abilities (person-job congruency) were better at self-determination skills.< Less

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