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Reliability of internet information on bite behavior of domestic dogs

By K. Ito, Y. Shiga, M. Tanaka, A. Matsuura, M. Irimajiri

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Abstract

Many dog owners who are dealing with behavioral problems in their dog look for solutions on the internet. However, the quality of the information available online has not yet been assessed. Therefore, in this study, we comprehensively collected information available online on behavior improvement training for biting dogs and evaluated its reliability and quality, in consideration of animal welfare. We found that the currently available online resources present low-quality information. The word "fear" was frequently used and co-occurred strongly with words such as "master-slave relationship" and "pain." Instead of being influenced by low-quality information sourced online, dog owners need to understand the concept of animal welfare and what kind of information is reliable. In conjunction, website operators must provide scientifically accurate information. We further suggest that veterinary medical associations and veterinary professionals take the lead in making such information widely available.

Publication Title Journal of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association
Volume 75
Issue 2
Pages e36-e45
ISBN/ISSN 0446-6454
DOI 10.12935/jvma.75.e36
Author Address Department of Animal Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, Kitasato University, Japan.
Additional Language English
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  1. Abnormal behavior
  2. Aggression
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animals
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Anthrozoology
  7. Behavioral disorders
  8. Behavioral research
  9. Bites and stings
  10. Canidae
  11. Canine
  12. Carnivores
  13. Communication
  14. Diseases and injuries of animals
  15. Documentation
  16. Dogs
  17. Films
  18. Information
  19. Information dissemination
  20. Information services
  21. Internet
  22. Libraries
  23. Mammals
  24. Media
  25. open access
  26. Pets and companion animals
  27. Psychiatry and psychology
  28. Social psychology and social anthropology
  29. Telecommunications
  30. training of animals
  31. vertebrates
  32. Veterinary sciences
  33. Zoology
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