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Preference assessments and structured potential adopter-dog interactions increase adoptions

By A. Protopopova, M. Brandifino, C. D. L. Wynne

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Previous research showed that lying down next to potential adopters and not ignoring their play initiations during interactions outside of the kennel correlate with increased likelihood of adoption in shelter dogs. In the present study, we experimentally assessed whether increasing these behaviors during interactions with potential adopters influenced adoption outcomes. In Experiment 1, we validated a brief play preference assessment in order to find individual preferences for toys in shelter dogs. We found that play with specific toys in the preference assessment predicted play in more naturalistic settings (chi 2=10.50, P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 176
Pages 87-95
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.a.protopopova@ttu.edu
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal housing
  3. Animals
  4. Canidae
  5. Canine
  6. Carnivores
  7. Dogs
  8. Interactions
  9. Interventions
  10. Mammals
  11. Membership
  12. modification
  13. morphology
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Questionnaires
  16. shelters
  17. training
  18. vertebrates
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