“Lives of Streeties” is an ongoing study that Sindhoor is conducting on the street dogs of Bangalore, India. Streeties is a term of endearment that Bangaloreans use to refer to the dogs that roam free on the streets of the city. I am Sindhoor's sister, reaching out to you to help her scale up her research that I find is necessary understanding our dogs better.
Sindhoor is a Canine Behaviour Consultant working in Bangalore, India. She was educated in Norway and USA by Turid Rugaas and Anne-Lill Kvam, both eminent Canine Behaviourists and International Dog Trainers.She is an associate member of Pet Dog Trainers of Europe and holds an International Dog Trainer certification from Hagan Hundeskole. She writes extensively on the topic. She maintains a weekly column in Bangalore Mirror. She also write for Bark magazine, USA, Baywoof magazine, USA, Pet Dog Trainers of Europe. In her previous avatar she worked as an engineer and product manager at Yahoo. She was the VP of products at a silicon valley funded, Bangalore based start-up. She also run a local group called Bombat Dawgz, for dog lovers in her city that is 7000 people strong.
The whole thing started when a question was raised in Sindhoor's class “How much exercise do dogs need?” She figured that studying free ranging animals in their natural habitat yields such answers. After all, animals in the wild do not need to be told what the optimal exercise is for them. They just know. But observing wild dogs (Cuon alpinus & Lycaon pictus) would not answer the question for our domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris). That’s when she realized that studying the street dogs of urban India would be a close approximation of studying free ranging dogs in an urban habitat (dense & busy environment), which has now come to become the natural habitat for many of our domestic dogs.
She started the pilot studies on a limited budget, but the early results have some interesting things to reveal. First up, one single activity predominates the daily activity chart – Snoozing! It’s a staggering 40% of the activity profile of dogs. The second key take away is that close to 60% of the activity profile represents inactive dogs (not on their feet). But it’s the set of digits that came as a shocker to me, which revealed that less than quarter of the activity profile actually included movement of some sort.
In order to reveal better activity patterns that span the different hours of the day, temperature and vehicular/people traffic the study needs to triple it's data. That's where you come in. With your support, a lot more data and better equipment can be obtained to study these wonderful creatures.
Have a look at the study thus far here
Risks and challenges
Since the project is not dependent on multiple people or an organization it carries low risk. Severe rains often disrupt with the studies. But the study is planned to span a year, giving plenty of opportunity to over come the risk.
The entire street dog population being unavailable for the study may pose another risk. However, given the density of the population and India's stance on stray dog preservation, this is unlikely to happen.
Sindhoor's own health might affect the project. But given her age and current health, I don't see much problem there.
Her motivation to continue the project might pose a risk. But given the effort gone into her research thus far and the amount of time and money she has invested in her education show that this is not much concern in this area.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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