Interest in improving the welfare of dogs maintained in kennel environments has resulted in debate about the scientific basis for current standards for housing dogs in the United States. The commercial dog breeding industry is widely criticized relative to dog welfare, and dogs' housing conditions often are a focal point. While much attention has focused on the genetic, health, behavioral, and psychological well-being of dogs in these operations, few studies have focused on the welfare implications of the flooring on which dogs are maintained. In this 4-page publication (PDF), the authors describe current information about the effects of flooring on kenneled dogs.
Candace Croney; Courtney Daigle, Judith L. Stella, Moriah Hurt