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Veterinarians' Perceptions of and Experiences with Dog Walking

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Title: Veterinarians' Perceptions of and Experiences with Dog Walking
Author: Burns, Kathleen
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Dwyer, John
Abstract: This study used interviews guided by a behaviour change theory, Integrated Model of Behavioral Prediction, to understand veterinarians’ perceptions of and experiences with dog-walking counselling. Seventeen practicing veterinarians providing care to dogs in Ontario were recruited. Qualitative analysis identified themes relating to participants’ (a) approaches to discussing dog walking with owners, (b) perceived benefits of dog walking, (c) perceptions of other veterinarians’ dog-walking counselling, (e) perceptions of dog owners’ expectations regarding dog-walking counselling, (f) perceived barriers to dog walking, (g) levels of confidence regarding dog-walking counselling, and (h) dog-walking knowledge. The results suggest that dog-walking counselling may be improved if veterinarians identify and reduce the barriers they face when discussing dog walking with dog owners, increase their awareness of dog-walking benefits, and increase owners’ expectations of this counselling. Improved promotion and discussions of dog walking by veterinarians may positively influence dog walking, benefiting the health of the dog and owner.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9495
Date: 2016-01
Rights: Attribution 2.5 Canada


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