The effect of familiarity on behaviour of kennel housed dogs during interactions with humans

Publication year: 2012 Source: Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Available online 1 February 2012 Anne J. Pullen, Ralph J.N. Merrill, John W.S. Bradshaw Human contact appears to be a highly valued resource for domestic dogs but it is unclear what type of human contact they prefer and what factors affect individual differences in such preferences. This study assessed the effect of familiarity of the human on duration of interaction by two samples of kennelled dogs: dogs in rehoming (RH) kennels (N = 25; mostly crossbred) entering the kennel as adults, and dogs in long stay enriched (LSE) kennels (N = 23; Labrador Retrievers, Miniature Schnauzers, Cocker Spaniels), born on site or brought in at approximately 9 weeks old. Volunteers (either unfamiliar or familiar to each dog) entered the pen and sat for 10 min: if the dog was within arm’s reach (‘next to’) the volunteer petted and spoke to the dog, but otherwise the dog was ignored

Publication year: 2012 Source: Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Available online 1 February 2012 Anne J. Pullen, Ralph J.N. Merrill, John W.S. Bradshaw Human contact appears to be a highly valued resource for domestic dogs but it is unclear what type of human contact they prefer and what factors affect individual differences in such preferences. This study assessed the effect of familiarity of the human on duration of interaction by two samples of kennelled dogs: dogs in rehoming (RH) kennels (N = 25; mostly crossbred) entering the kennel as adults, and dogs in long stay enriched (LSE) kennels (N = 23; Labrador Retrievers, Miniature Schnauzers, Cocker Spaniels), born on site or brought in at approximately 9 weeks old. Volunteers (either unfamiliar or familiar to each dog) entered the pen and sat for 10 min: if the dog was within arm’s reach (‘next to’) the volunteer petted and spoke to the dog, but otherwise the dog was ignored

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The effect of familiarity on behaviour of kennel housed dogs during interactions with humans