Helmholtz Gemeinschaft


Evaluation of aggression and fearfulness in domestic dog (Canis familiaris)

Item Type:Article
Title:Evaluation of aggression and fearfulness in domestic dog (Canis familiaris)
Creators Name:Dyjak, M. and Boruta, A. and Adamkiewicz, E. and Walasek, A. and Bury-Burzymski, P. and Lisowski, P.
Abstract:Aggression is the major factor which underlies the attacks of the dogs, decreasing the welfare of these animals, their owners and the society. It is also undesirable trait in working dogs, as it reduces operational efficiency and security. It appears that fear-induced aggression in dogs is often implicated. In this study, we have investigated the aggression events, avoidance of various stimulus, body postures and stress-related behaviors based on set of tests, performed under controlled conditions, on the group of 144 police dog candidates. We demonstrated that the use of umbrella conducted in the absence of the clop' handler elicits aggression of the almost 27% of animals. Umbrella test showed the highest correlation between arousal and aggression. Umbrella test enabled to describe fear in analyzed group of dogs: low body - postures was manifested by 42.1% of dogs, avoidance in 11.7%.
Keywords:Behavioral Tests, Canine Aggression, Canine Fear, Dogs Behavior, Animals, Dogs
Source:Animal Science Papers and Reports
Publisher:Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding
Page Range:407-418

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Open Access
MDC Library