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Type of publication: Diploma Thesis
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Year: 2011

Authors: Hideghetyova, Monika

Title: Comparison of owners' reports on activity in companion dogs with accelerometer measured data.

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 44.


Bockstahler Barbara

Peham Christian

Vetmed Research Units:
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Small Animal Surgery

Graduation date: 06.12.11

This study was designed to evaluate the owners’ reports on activity in companion dogs by comparing these reports to data gained by an accelerometer. We used an accelerometer to continuously measure the physical activity of 29 dogs over the period of seven days. After this period the owners were asked to fill out a questionnaire where they were asked to assess their dog’s activity level and also evaluate how many hours their dog spend asleep each day. Used accelerometer was able to measure not only the overall physical activity for each day of the measurement, but also the exact durations of low, medium and high activities the dogs were engaged in. The thresholds were set so that measured low activity was sleeping or resting and high activity was for example running or vigorous playing. Data gained out of the accelerometer were then compared to owners’ reports on activity and their evaluations of sleeping time of their dogs. Results showed that the owners’ reports were reliable only in case of extremely high activity as well as extremely low activity, but not in assessing the activity level. In general, owners tend to overestimate the activity level of their dog, but are able to correctly evaluate how much time their dog spent asleep each day.

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