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SmartGlass Project

Project Lead: Carys Williams

Project objectives

  • To investigate whether dogs within kennels with visual barriers show better welfare (increased resting/decreased activity, fewer signs of anxiety or fear) compared to dogs in kennels with no visual barriers 
  • To investigate whether accelerometers (Heyrex) accurately classify kennelled dog behaviour when compared to video footage analysis of in-kennel dog behaviour
  • The results from the study will be used to determine the benefit of visual barriers to dog behaviour and welfare in kennels and supply evidence to inform future strategic operational decisions regarding their use as a means of reducing stress in the rehoming centre
  • The results of analysing accelerometer data will indicate the extent of their usefulness as a non-invasive and easy to apply method of measuring dog behaviour for future use as a welfare monitoring or research tool within the rehoming centre environment.

Publications

Please find below a poster describing Dogs Trust’s research project investigating the effect of using SmartGlass within a rehoming centre on dog behaviour, using remote monitoring devices. This elevator pitch was delivered at the Animal Welfare Research Network annual meeting held in Birmingham in September 2018.

Remotely monitoring the impact of SmartGlass visual barriers on dog welfare in rehoming centre kennels (Elevator Pitch) PDF 181 KB
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