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  1. Puppy Temperament Assessments Predict Breed and American Kennel Club Group but Not Adult Temperament

    Contributor(s):: Robinson, Lauren M., Thompson, Rebekah Skiver, Ha, James C.

    Puppy assessments for companion dogs have shown mixed long-term reliability. Temperament is cited among the reasons for surrendering dogs to shelters. A puppy temperament test that reliably predicts adult behavior is one potential way to lower the number of dogs given to shelters. This study used...

  2. Spawning executive functions in first graders: Exploring situated learning experiences with the classroom pet consistent with children's temperament

    Contributor(s):: Kristan Nicole Pearce

    Rapid growth in all domains of development occurs during the early childhood years. Even so, the pressures of high stakes testing and the push down of curriculum often elicit a focus on cognitive development while neglecting other developmental areas important in school and later life success...

  3. Evaluacion del temperamento en perros de refugio y de familia, un estudio comparativo

    Contributor(s):: Barrera, Gabriela, Giamal, Yamila, Fagnani, Jésica, Mustaca, Alba, Bentosela, Mariana

  4. Applied personality assessment in domestic dogs: limitations and caveats

    Contributor(s):: Rayment, D. J., Groef, B. de, Peters, R. A., Marston, L. C.

    Modern behavioural tests for domestic dogs are commonly employed across a variety of fields, including the assessment of companion, assistance, working and sporting dogs. While there is increasing scientific attention on the development and evaluation of behavioural tests used to assess...

  5. Consistency of shelter dogs' behavior toward a fake versus real stimulus dog during a behavior evaluation

    Contributor(s):: Shabelansky, A., Dowling-Guyer, S., Quist, H., D'Arpino, S. S., McCobb, E.

    Behavior evaluations are widely used by animal shelters and other organizations that rehome dogs. The dog-to-dog subtest is a common feature of most canine behavior evaluations. The use of model devices such as a stuffed dog during this subtest could be convenient for shelters and increase...

  6. The cat-human relationship

    Contributor(s):: Bradshaw, J. W. S., Casey, R. A., Brown, S. L.

    The behaviour of cats and their interactions with humans are described.

  7. Differences in evaluation of a dog's temperament by individual members of the same household

    Contributor(s):: Jakuba, T., Polcova, Z., Fedakova, D., Kottferova, J., Marekova, J., Fejsakova, M., Ondrasovicova, O., Ondrasovic, M.

  8. K-9 Care Unit

    The K-9 Care Unit is a group of volunteer pet therapy teams who enjoy sharing their special dogs with others. The group was founded in 2003, inspired by a therapy dog named Rafter who was a cancer survivor, visiting a young Summerville boy with brain cancer.

  9. Factors associated with success in guide dog training

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    | 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...

  10. Human perceptions of coat color as an indicator of domestic cat personality

    | Contributor(s):: Delgado, M. M., Munera, J. D., Reevy, G. M.

  11. Behavioral and physiological predictors of guide dog success

    | Contributor(s):: Tomkins, L. M., Thomson, P. C., McGreevy, P. D.

    A range of mobility aids are available to assist people living with vision impairment, and of these, guide dog ownership offers them several unique benefits. However, training a dog to be a successful guide dog comes at a high cost (approximately AU$30,000). Therefore, the aim of this study was...

  12. Relationships between puppy management practices and reported measures of success in guide dog training

    | Contributor(s):: Batt, L., Batt, M., Baguley, J., McGreevy, P.

    This study surveyed international guide dog organizations to compare their success rates with management practices. A questionnaire designed to identify the factors associated with international guide dog success was piloted with the cooperation of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. The International Guide Dog...

  13. The development and assessment of temperament tests for adult companion dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Taylor, Katy D., Mills, Daniel S.

  14. The relationships between motor lateralization, salivary cortisol concentrations and behavior in dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Batt, L. S., Batt, M. S., Baguley, J. A., McGreevy, P. D.

    The degree of lateralization (LI) indicates both the direction and strength of a paw preference. Here, a positive value is indicative of a right paw bias, and a negative value of a left paw bias. Higher numbers on the positive side of the scale and lower numbers on the negative side of the scale...

  15. A cross-cultural comparison of reports by German Shepherd owners in Hungary and the United States of America

    | Contributor(s):: Wan, M., Kubinyi, E., Miklosi, A., Champagne, F.

    Cross-cultural comparisons of dog behavior and dog-keeping practices are limited. The current study compared the questionnaire responses of German Shepherd owners in Hungary and the United States of America (USA). Owners provided information about their dog-keeping practices, as well as reports...

  16. Describing the ideal Australian companion dog

    | Contributor(s):: King, T., Marston, L. C., Bennett, P. C.

    Dogs have had a long association with humans and are believed to be the first domesticated animal species. Many breeds of dog exist today which vary considerably in physical appearance and temperament. These differences have arisen primarily from selective pressures imposed by humans to create...

  17. Development and validation of a novel method for evaluating behavior and temperament in guide dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Serpell, J. A., Hsu, YuYing

    Most guide and service dog organizations would benefit from the development of accurate methods for the early evaluation of canine temperament traits. This paper describes the development and validation of a novel questionnaire method for assessing behaviour and temperament in 1-year-old guide...

  18. Personality traits in the domestic dog ( Canis familiaris )

    | Contributor(s):: Svartberg, K., Forkman, B.

    The domestic dog (C. familiaris) has been subjected to a huge range of selection pressures during domestication that has resulted in a considerable diversity in morphology and behaviour. This, together with the many uses the dog is put to in our society, makes the dog an interesting model for...

  19. Service dog selection tests: Effectiveness for dogs from animal shelters

    | 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....

  20. Shyness-boldness predicts performance in working dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Svartberg, K.

    This study investigates if there are relationships between personality and performance of dogs (Canis familiaris) in working dog trials. Data from 2655 dogs of the two breeds German Shepherd dog (GSD) and Belgian Tervuren (BT) in Sweden obtained between 1989 and 1997 were used. The breeds were...