Seizure-alert dogs: a review and preliminary study
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Dalziel, D. J., Uthman, B. M., McGorray, S. P., Reep, R. L.
Genetic aspects of performance in working dogs.
Book Sections | Contributor(s): Elaine Ostrander, A. Ruvinsky, Heather J. Huson
For thousands of years, the dog has proven itself an invaluable asset to man by serving as hunter, protector, transportation, aide and loyal companion. Dog domestication and breed development have paralleled the changing culture of man. Archaeological evidence has identified the earliest dog...
An approach to canine behavioural genetics employing guide dogs for the blind
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Takeuchi, Y., Hashizume, C., Arata, S., Inoue-Murayama, M., Maki, T., Hart, B. L., Mori, Y.
The purpose of this study was to attempt to find related variables of the canine genome with behavioural traits of dogs maintained and tested in a guide dog facility which provided a relatively uniform environment. The study involved 81 Labrador Retrievers that were being trained as guide dogs....
Service dog selection tests: Effectiveness for dogs from animal shelters
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Weiss, E., Greenberg, G.
Assistance dogs are trained to help people with various physical and mental handicaps and are selected using a test comprising several behavioral components. Anecdotal reports have shown that only about 50% of the dogs selected successfully complete training and become assistance dogs....
The use of a behaviour test for the selection of dogs for service and breeding, I: Method of testing and evaluating test results in the adult dog, demands on different kinds of service dogs, sex and breed differences
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Wilsson, E., Sundgren, P.
Results of 1310 German Shepherds and 797 Labrador Retrievers, 450-600 days of age, were evaluated to investigate whether the tests could be used to select dogs for different kinds of work and for breeding. Ten behavioural characteristics were scored based on the dogs' reactions in 7 test...
Selecting shelter dogs for service dog training
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Weiss, E.
Service dogs are an essential aid to persons with disabilities, providing independence, mobility and improved self-esteem. Because of these proven benefits, the growing use of service dogs is creating a demand and supply crisis. One major cause is the 50% average dropout rate for dogs selected...
The development and assessment of temperament tests for adult companion dogs
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Taylor, Katy D., Mills, Daniel S.
Suitability for field service in 4 breeds of guide dogs
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Ennik, I., Liinamo, A. E., Leighton, E., Arendonk, J. van
This study examines the relative importance of a longer than normal 4-month training period, or being "passed back" from the original training class to join a class in which dogs are at an earlier stage of their training, on the overall probability that a dog entering guide dog training will...
Behavioral and physiological responses of guide dogs to a situation of emotional distress
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Fallani, G., Prato Previde, E., Valsecchi, P.
The aim of this study was to analyze the behavioral and physiological reactions of guide dogs in a distressing situation which promotes attachment behaviors towards their blind owners, and to compare such reactions with those of untrained or trainee dogs. The subjects were 57 adult Labrador and...
Ethotest: A new model to identify (shelter) dogs' skills as service animals or adoptable pets
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Pia Lucidi, Nicola Bernabò, Michela Panunzi, Paolo Dalla Villa, Mauro Mattioli
The paucity of dogs dedicated to animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for disabled people creates long waiting lists worldwide and compromises the health of the few certified animals by demanding too much work from them at times, thus jeopardizing their future as service dogs. In an attempt to obviate...
Factors associated with success in guide dog training
Journal Articles | Contributor(s): Lara S. Batt, Marjolyn S. Batt, John A. Baguley, Paul D. McGreevy
Tests of motor laterality and behavioral reactivity, as well as salivary cortisol concentrations, were examined in this pilot study to identify dogs best suited to guide dog work. Over a 14-month period, lateralization tests were conducted and cortisol concentrations were determined on 3...