Enrichment & Behavior
The ASPCA’s groundbreaking studies on behavior, as well as our work at the first-ever facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of canine victims of cruelty, have resulted in programs and processes proven to save lives. From online training on dog and cat behavior topics to clever in and out-of-kennel enrichment ideas, you’ll find all the learnings and materials here.
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Using Model Dogs to Assess Aggression in Fight-Bred Dogs
Review research by the ASPCA on using a life-sized, plush model dog to screen for dog-directed aggression in canines used in illegal dogfighting.
Behavioral Rehabilitation of Extremely Fearful Dogs
Review research by the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center on the effectiveness of a behavior modification protocol that could reduce euthanasia in moderately to extremely fearful dogs, especially those from cruel and neglectful backgrounds
How Shelter Pets Benefit from “Real-Life” Rooms
Three animal welfare organizations with real-life rooms--where adoptable pets can relax and decompress--share the benefits, challenges, and recommendations for such spaces.