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A comparison of behaviour in test and in everyday life: evidence of three consistent boldness-related personality traits in dogs

By K. Svartberg

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Six specific personality traits - playfulness, chase-proneness, curiosity/fearlessness, sociability, aggressiveness, and distance-playfulness - and a broad boldness dimension have been suggested for dogs in previous studies based on data collected in a standardized behavioural test ("dog mentality assessment", DMA). In the present study I investigated the validity of the specific traits for predicting typical behaviour in everyday life. A questionnaire with items describing the dog's typical behaviour in a range of situations was sent to owners of dogs that had carried out the DMA behavioural test 1-2 years earlier. Of the questionnaires that were sent out 697 were returned, corresponding to a response rate of 73.3

Date 2005
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 91
Issue 1/2
Pages 103-128
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Department of Zoology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden. kenth.svartberg@afys.slu.se
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  1. Aggression
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Dogs
  4. Fear
  5. Mammals
  6. peer-reviewed
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. Questionnaires
  9. tests
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