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Barking in home alone suburban dogs ( Canis familiaris) in New Zealand

By E. L. Flint, E. O. Minot, M. Stevenson, P. E. Perry, K. J. Stafford

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The aim of this study was to establish expected average parameters for barking in normal suburban dogs in New Zealand (defined as dogs with no history of problem or nuisance barking) that are left alone for 8 hours during the day, with indoor/outdoor access, and are walked daily. Parameters evaluated over the 8-hour period were the average number of barking episodes, average length of each episode, and average total amount of barking (in seconds). The effects of age and sex on these parameters were assessed. Clients from 2 different Auckland veterinary practices were offered the opportunity to participate in the study (n=60). Participants were provided with a voice-operated tape recorder (Sony M-200MC Microcassette Recorder) and a written instruction sheet. They recorded their dogs daily over 8 hours for 5 days. Data were then recorded onto a spreadsheet by the investigator, and averages were evaluated using the Windows XLS system. Further analysis was done using the PASW 18 statistical analysis system. Box plots were constructed to evaluate variation between and within dogs. On average, dogs barked between 4 and 5 times over 8 hours. The average length of each episode was 30 seconds, and the average total amount of barking in 8 hours was 129 seconds. Younger dogs (younger than 5 years) tended to bark more frequently than older dogs. These parameters provide a baseline against which barking complaints may be measured.

Publication Title Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 302-305
ISBN/ISSN 1558-7878
DOI 10.1016/j.jveb.2012.10.002
Language English
Author Address Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North, New
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  1. Age
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animals
  4. APEC countries
  5. Australasia
  6. Bark
  7. Canidae
  8. Canine
  9. Carnivores
  10. Commonwealth of Nations
  11. Countries
  12. Developed countries
  13. Dogs
  14. Effect
  15. Employees
  16. Evaluation
  17. Mammals
  18. Mathematics and statistics
  19. New Zealand
  20. Oceania
  21. OECD countries
  22. peer-reviewed
  23. Pets and companion animals
  24. statistical analysis
  25. variation
  26. vertebrates
  27. veterinary practices
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