Jämförelse mellan hundskolans och Svenska Brukshundklubbens kursdeltagare i Skaraborg
Abstract: The aim with the present study was to investigate whether there is a difference between the course participants who find their way to the dog-school respective the Swedish Working Dog Association. The study have focused on four issues; why the course participants have chosen the dog-school respectively the Swedish Working Dog Association, why the participants bought their dog, if the participants are satisfied with their dogs and if it is more likely that they turn to the dog-school's than to the Swedish Working Dog Association with their first dog? Course participants from two dog-schools and from two of the local clubs belonging to the Swedish Working Dog Association in Skaraborg, Sweden, answered a questionnaire. In total 85 answers were collected, including 60 from the course participants from Swedish Working Dog Associations and 25 from the dog school's course. The results showed that no course participants have chosen the Swedish Working Dog Association because of the size of the class and no one had chosen the dog-school because of the geographical distance. A higher number of the participants in the dog school's courses indicated that the method used had been a key factor in their choices. This examination has to a large extent indicated that interest, activity and the companionship was the reason to why the course participants bought their dog. The dog-school's course participants were highly represented in all categories in this issue. This may be explained by the fact that these course participants, in many cases have entered more than one cause. The vast majority of the participants answered to direct questions that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their choice of breed and their dog's behavior. Only a few indicated that they not were satisfied with their dog's behavior. Three-quarters of those who indicated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the choice of race has also responded that they experience a problem with their dog. One out of five of the course participant's did not know their breeds correct initial use. In the collected material no difference can be found, in percentage, between those who choose to turn to the dog-school respective the Swedish Working Dog Association with their first dog.
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