CLAN – Children-Animals Friendships:

Challenging boundaries between humans and non-humans in contemporary societies

PTDC/SOC 28415/2017

Verónica Policarpo (PI)

Ana Nunes de Almeida (Co-PI)


Workshop on Animal Behaviour

Change for Animals Foundation

5 September 2019



Aims and articulation with the project:

The main goal of this workshop is to provide the CLAN team, mainly those who are going to undertake the tasks of fieldwork, with the essential tools to interpret the behaviour of companion animals.

We aim at:

1) identifying the main markers of welfare in companion animals, according to species;


2) identifying the main behaviours of animals towards humans (keepers, regular visitors, random visitors) according to species;


3) identifying the complexity of animal behaviour towards other animals in the house/space, according to species, as well as in regard to non-human elements (space available, objects, etc.).


4) understanding the specificities, if any, of animal behaviour in relationships with children.

These inputs will guide the CLAN team in the home visits. They will also be integrated into an observation grid that researchers will use to describe the human/non-animal(s) interactions at home.




Thursday 5th September


The 5 Liberties of Animal Welfare (John Webster)

Animal Welfare and companion animals.

The welfare of the most prevalent species of companion animals: dogs and cats


13h00 – 14h0

Lunch break


14h00 -17h00

Other species. General examples for species groups and common behaviour signs in relation to welfare and the 5 freedoms. Species vs individual features: individual subjectivities, within species.


Human behaviour in relation to animals – common actions, behaviours and interactions that people have with their pets. What can this tell us about the person’s perception of the animal?

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