Birds and beaches, dogs and leashes : dog owners' sense of obligation to leash dogs on beaches in Victoria, Australia

Williams, Kathryn J.H., Weston, Michael A., Henry, Stacey and Maguire, Grainne 2009, Birds and beaches, dogs and leashes : dog owners' sense of obligation to leash dogs on beaches in Victoria, Australia, Human dimensions of wildlife, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 89-101, doi: 10.1080/10871200802649799.

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Title Birds and beaches, dogs and leashes : dog owners' sense of obligation to leash dogs on beaches in Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Williams, Kathryn J.H.
Weston, Michael A.ORCID iD for Weston, Michael A. orcid.org/0000-0002-8717-0410
Henry, Stacey
Maguire, Grainne
Journal name Human dimensions of wildlife
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 89
End page 101
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc.
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1087-1209
1533-158X
Keyword(s) bird conservation
dog owners
obligation to leash
attitudes
Summary Domesticated dogs threaten the conservation of beach-nesting birds in Australia through disturbance, and destruction of eggs and chicks. Leashing of dogs can improve conservation outcomes, but few dogs are leashed on beaches. We surveyed dog owners to explore their sense of obligation to leash dogs on beaches. Dog owners were more likely to feel obliged to leash their dog when they believed other people expected dogs to be leashed, and when they believed their dog was a threat to wildlife or people. Dog owners were less likely to feel obliged to leash their dog if they considered unleashed dog recreation to be important. Improved compliance may be achieved through community-based approaches to foster social norms for dog control, tailoring information products to emphasize the risk that all unleashed dogs may pose to beach-nesting birds and raising awareness of designated off-leash exercise dog recreation areas.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10871200802649799
Field of Research 160402 Recreation
Socio Economic Objective 950103 Recreation
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022589

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