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photo guides for the assessment of welfare


These photographic guides should be used in conjunction with our Welfare Monitoring Tools to identify behaviours which indicate positive and negative welfare. Video guides to behaviour are also available.

These behaviours represent only a selection of the behaviours expressed by laboratory-housed dogs, however these are behaviours which are known to reliaby indicate positive and negative welfare.

Free copies of these guides are available for those working with dogs within the UK. Send us an email with your mailing address to receive a copy, specifying which materials you would like.

Home pen behaviour


The photo guides show positive welfare indicators in dark blue, negative welfare indicators in red, postures in light blue and behavioural events in purple.

A poster can be downloaded here (best printed in A3 size).



training and restraint - behaviour


A poster of behavioural indicators of welfare during restraint and training can be downloaded here.