A behavioral study of stray dogs in temples in Nakhon Ratchasima municipality, Thailand

  • Xin Huo
  • Panich Kumroptanasan
  • Pongchan Na-Lampang
Keywords: behavior, stray dog, temple, reaction

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the reactions of stray dogs in temples to strangers by means of a strangerapproach test. Behavioral data of temples dogs was collected from 5 temples from September to November 2018. The
dogs’ behavior, social condition (alone, in pairs and with >3 dogs), reaction distances (0-2m, 2-5m and >5) and reaction
behavior: neutral, avoidance, aggressive, vocalization, approach and tail movements were all observed. All the reaction
behavior recorded was the dogs’ initial reactions. After the 1st stranger- approach test, which was conducted in the 1st
week, the observer tried to get the dogs used to him by feeding and grooming them once per week for 3 weeks. Then
the 2nd stranger-approach test was conducted in the 4th week. The results showed that 40 dogs were observed in the 1st
week’s observation and 43 dogs in the 4th week’s observation. More than 60% of the dogs were alone and more than
50% of the dogs were lying down before the test. The dogs’ reactions in the 4th week were significantly different from
those in the 1st week (P<0.05). In the 4th week, the number of dogs that reacted neutrally and approached the researcher
increased and conversely, the number that avoided contact and barked decreased. The tail movements showed a
significant difference between the 1st week and 4th week of observation (P<0.05). In the 4th week, the number of dogs
which reacted and vocalized decreased significantly (P<0.05). More than 69.2% of the dogs reacted to the observer at a
distance of >5m, however, there was only a marginally significant difference between the 1st and 4th week of observation
(P=0.06). In conclusion, the reaction of the dogs was affected by their familiarity with the people who approached them.
This is the first study of the reaction of stray dogs in temples to people in Thailand. Therefore, further research on stray
dogs using the stranger-approach test is necessary.

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Published
2020-04-23
How to Cite
Huo, X., Kumroptanasan, P., & Na-Lampang, P. (2020). A behavioral study of stray dogs in temples in Nakhon Ratchasima municipality, Thailand. he hai ournal of eterinary edicine, 49(4), 421-425. etrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tjvm/article/view/241554
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