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Dogs’ responses to visual, auditory, and olfactory cat-related cues

By Christy L. Hoffman, Miranda K. Workman, Natalie Roberts, Stephanie Handley

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Standardized assessments have been developed to assess dogs’ behaviors around other dogs, but there currently is no validated way to predict how a dog in an animal shelter will behave around cats, unless the dog’s previous history is known. This study explored dogs’ responses to visual, auditory, and olfactory cat-related and control stimuli, and tested whether dogs known to interact safely with cats and other small animals responded differently to the stimuli than dogs known to have injured or killed such animals. We video recorded 69 dogs’ responses to the stimuli, and raters who were blind to the dogs’ behavioral histories coded the dogs’ reactions. Dogs differed in the amount of time they spent orienting to the cat and control visual stimuli and sounds. They spent significantly more time orienting to the cat sound than to the visual cat stimulus, to the visual cat stimulus than to the visual control stimulus, and to the control sound than to the visual control stimulus (for all, p

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 188
Pages 50-58
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2016.12.016
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  1. Behavioral research
  2. Cats
  3. Dogs
  4. perceptions
  5. predators