Journal article

A FACTOR-ANALYSIS OF FEARFULNESS IN POTENTIAL GUIDE DOGS

ME GODDARD, RG BEILHARZ

APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1984

Abstract

The correlations between measurements of a variety of responses, including approach, avoidance, nature of contact with the stimulus, tail position and posture, to a large number of stimuli were analysed. In general, the measurements were correlated, indicating a general trait of fearfulness, but some of the correlations were very low. Factor analysis showed that measurements were more likely to be highly correlated if they were based on similar responses, or used similar stimuli, or were made close together in time. In most cases, it was avoidance responses which were most highly correlated with fearfulness as assessed by guide dog trainers. Adult fearfulness could be predicted to some degre..

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