In recent years, the well-being of working dogs has received considerable scientific attention. For example, researchers at the University of Bristol work collaboratively with agencies worldwide to improve dog team performance and also individual dog welfare. Dr. Nicola Rooney is a leader in the field who studies working dogs in a wide range of fields, from hypoglycemia alert dogs and search dogs to racing greyhounds.
And just last year, the Australian Working Dog Alliance held an inaugural meeting between industry, government, animal advocacy and scientific research groups. Their goal: optimize well-being and performance of working and sporting dogs in Australia.
I hope those involved in the Iditarod jump at the chance to join researchers and industry professionals in improving dog welfare.