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Inappropriate behavior of potential guide dogs for the blind and coping behavior of human raisers

By N. Koda

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Inappropriate behaviour of potential guide dogs (puppies; n=11) for the blind and coping behaviour of their adult female raisers (puppy walkers: PWs) were videotaped in their play situation at home from when the puppies were 2-11 or 12 months of age. The frequency of inappropriate behaviour decreased with an increase in the puppies' age, suggesting that human-dog relationships became friendlier. The PWs tended to use moderate coping behaviour to stop the inappropriate behaviour of the puppies. Rejecting interaction with the puppies was effective for stopping the puppies from biting the PWs. Forcible stopping was effective for stopping the puppies from damaging objects. Not responding to the puppies was effective for stopping the puppies from biting the PWs, barking/growling and damaging objects.

Date 2001
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 72
Issue 1
Pages 79-87
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(00)00193-3
Language English
Author Address Department of Ethology, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan.
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Age
  3. Aggression
  4. Animal behavior
  5. Animal roles
  6. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  7. Bites and stings
  8. Carnivores
  9. Deviant behavior
  10. Dogs
  11. Guide dogs
  12. Mammals
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. Primates
  15. Service animals
  16. training of animals
  17. young animals