Journal article

Assessing fear of novel and startling stimuli in domestic dogs

Jacqueline Ley, Grahame J Coleman, Robert Holmes, Paul H Hemsworth

APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2007

Abstract

Dog attacks on humans are a community issue and, while defensive and offensive aggression are implicated, little is known about the motivational basis of these attacks. Defensive aggression arising from fear may be implicated in some attacks and thus research on measuring fear in dogs is clearly required. The aim of the present study was to examine the validity of several measures of fear of novel and startling stimuli previously identified in the authors' laboratory. Anxiolytic drugs have been shown to reduce fear behaviour in rats in novel situations and thus an anxiolytic drug, clomipramine, was used in the present study to examine the validity of these previously identified measures of f..

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