Journal article

EARLY PREDICTION OF ADULT BEHAVIOR IN POTENTIAL GUIDE DOGS

ME GODDARD, RG BEILHARZ

Applied Animal Behaviour Science | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1986

Abstract

Between 4 weeks and 6 months of age, dogs were subjected to a battery of behavioural tests. The ability of these tests to predict fearfulness, activity and learning ability of the dogs when adult was assessed. Consistent individual differences in fearfulness were apparent at about 8 weeks of age, and the ability to predict adult fearfulness increased with age. The most useful tests involved responses to a strange person, a strange dog, a strange place and certain unusual objects. There appears to be genetic variation between dogs in fearfulness when young, but genetic selection against fearfulness would be more accurate if carried out in adult dogs rather than in young dogs. Consistent indiv..

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