Kennel Stress in Dogs- What is it and what can we do about it?
Kennel stress can be defined as behavioral deterioration while in a kennel setting. This is actually an indicator of emotional distress manifested as undesired behaviors that are consistent with fear, anxiety, or increased arousal and frustration. The hallmark of kennel stress is that these behaviors were not present prior to being housed in a kennel setting. This is a common problem in sheltered dogs, especially those with longer lengths of stays and a problem more and more sheltering organizations are facing as the population of dogs in their care changes over time. This lecture will review the clinical features of kennel stress in dogs and what steps can be made to manage and treat it once recognized, with the goal of maximizing emotional wellbeing while meeting organizational lifesaving missions.