- A definition of animal welfare is the state of the individual as it attempts to cope with its environment.
- Welfare concerns all of the mechanisms for coping, involving physiology, behavior, feelings, and pathologic responses.
- When training programs are not in place the animal’s welfare could be impaired.
- Some of the behaviors an animal exhibits can be used to gain insight into how the animal feels about the environment, caretakers, and procedures.
- Many contemporary animal trainers and care specialists focus on building relationships using positive reinforcement.
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