Journal article

Self-Reported Comprehension Ratings of Dog Behavior by Puppy Owners

Keven J Kerswell, Pauleen Bennettt, Kym L Butler, Paul H Hemsworth

ANTHROZOOS | BERG PUBL | Published : 2009


Dogs show a range of behaviors that reflect their emotional state. It is important that dog owners recognize these behaviors to accurately assess their dog's emotional state. We examined dog owners' self-reported comprehension (SRC) of their dog's emotional state. Eighty-nine participants attending puppy socialization classes at local veterinary clinics in the Melbourne Metropolitan area, Victoria, Australia, rated their comprehension of their dog's emotional states (Happy, Sad, Anxious, Angry, Friendly Greeting, and Anxious Greeting) and listed the behaviors they used to judge the emotional state of their dog. In most cases (Anxious Greeting being the only exception), the owners' perceived ..

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