The ‘Simple Summary’:
“Each year, many people around the world get a pet dog. With so many different types and breeds of dogs available, and a variety of sources from which to obtain a dog, the process of getting a dog can be complex. The decisions involved in this process are likely influenced by a variety of human- and dog-related factors and this review explores the factors that appear to be the most important.”
The paper contains a wealth of information and extensive review of research on the topic.
- “Across the stages of dog acquisition there is potential for practices that may promote or compromise canine welfare.”
- “those working in the canine welfare sector, [must] refine their ability to identify and respond to trends in the behavior of potential dog owners.”
- “The most widely reported factors associated with acquisition behavior include: the dog’s physical appearance, behavior and health; social influences, such as trends in the popularity of certain breeds; demographic and socioeconomic factors; and the owner’s previous ownership experience.”
- “Overall, the research discussed in this paper highlights that complex interactions likely underpin the various factors that might influence prospective owners’ motivators and behaviors.”
Länk till studien "Acquiring a Pet Dog: A Review of Factors Affecting the Decision-Making of Prospective Dog Owners"
Länk till IPFD/Dog wellnet.