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Noise sensitivity in 17 dog breeds: prevalence, breed risk and correlation with fear in other situations

By L. M. Storengen, F. Lingaas

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A web-based survey was conducted to estimate prevalence of noise sensitivity in 17 dog breeds in Norway ( n=5257). Major focus was on noise from fireworks, loud noises (bang/gunshots), thunderstorms and heavy traffic. The study also investigated risk factors as well as correlation with some other fear responses. On average approximately 23% of the dogs were reported to be fearful of noises. Fear in situations with fireworks had the highest frequency; situations with loud noises/gunshots, thunderstorms and heavy traffic following in decreasing order. Across the 17 breeds there was significant ( p

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 171
Pages 152-160
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.08.020
Language English
Author Address Divison of Genetics, Basic Sciences and Aquatic Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway.linnmari.storengen@nmbu.no frode.lingaas@nmbu.no
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Breeds
  4. Canidae
  5. Canine
  6. Carnivores
  7. Developed countries
  8. Dogs
  9. Europe
  10. Factors
  11. Incidence
  12. Internet
  13. Mammals
  14. Noise
  15. Norway
  16. OECD countries
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. risk
  19. Scandinavia
  20. Stress
  21. vertebrates
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