Temperament comparison of shelter dogs and pet dogs

Nuić, Nikolina (2012) Temperament comparison of shelter dogs and pet dogs. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Temperament definition, borrowed from human psychology, is how an individual reacts to novel or challenging situations. A set of related behaviors is considered to be a temperament trait when it is stable across time and situations, and when its variations are lower within individuals than between individuals. The knowledge of dogs’ temperament can be useful in several situations such as in the selection of dogs for specific tasks, in the profiling of shelter dogs to obtain a good match with potential owners and in the prevention of behavioral problems. The goal of this research was to compare temperament of dogs which live in different environment – shelter and family. Also, another goal was to compare dogs which had training with those which didn’t. Life in different ecological conditions has an important effect on dog temperament. Shelter dogs achieved lower score than pets in four of five tested categories. Trained dogs achieved higher score than untrained dogs in three categories.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: dog, personality, training
Supervisor: Tadić, Zoran
Date: 2012
Number of Pages: 29
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Grozdana Sirotic
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 12:40
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 12:40
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2171

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