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Title: Grass eating patterns in the domestic dog, 'Canis familiaris'
Contributor(s): Bjone, Samantha (author); Brown, Wendy  (author)orcid ; Price, Ian  (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: Very little is known about grass eating behaviour in the domestic dog, 'Canis familiaris'. This study is the first to investigate grass eating in dogs in a controlled experiment, and attempts to provide an initial understanding of this behaviour by describing the pattern of grass eating during the day and the relationship between grass eating and the ingestion of food. Twelve dogs were presented with both kikuyu and couch grass three times daily for 6 d and grass eating behaviours were observed using an all-occurrences sampling method. The results of this study suggest that grass eating is influenced by satiety and time of day. Dogs spent more time eating grass before ingestion of their kibble meal than after, and the time spent eating grass decreased throughout the day. Grass may be seen as a food source, as the subjects were less likely to eat grass when they were satiated. Couch and kikuyu grasses were equally preferred. We conclude that grass eating is a normal and common behaviour, as all dogs in this study were in good health and readily ate grass. As such, grass-eating should not be seen as a problematic behaviour for most dogs or as indicative of illness.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia, Armidale, Australia, 9th - 11th July, 2007
Conference Details: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia, Armidale, Australia, 9th - 11th July, 2007
Source of Publication: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia, p. 45-49
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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