In the past, many people who purchased a dog had the assumption that the doors to their home were secure and therefore wouldn’t need to be removed.
But a study from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests otherwise.
The organization found that a large percentage of dogs purchased in the United States are unable to open a door from outside, or even to enter the home at all.
The study looked at the behavior of 32 dogs, including dogs purchased from animal shelters and rescues.
Researchers found that, among dogs that were found to be unable to properly close their doors, a significant number had a history of physical and emotional abuse, including exposure to dog fighting, neglect, and neglectful training.
According to the ASPCA, “If a dog is unable to successfully open a safe door, it is likely that the dog has suffered from a severe physical or emotional abuse in the past.”
The ASPCA is currently working to increase awareness and support for dog-resistant doors, with the goal of making them more widely available.
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