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The effect of the owner’ s personality on the behaviour of owner-dog dyads

Kis, Anna and Turcsán, Borbála and Miklósi, Ádám and Gácsi, Márta (2012) The effect of the owner’ s personality on the behaviour of owner-dog dyads. Interaction Studies, 13 (3). 371-383.. ISSN 1572–0373

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Abstract

We describe the relationships between dog owners’ personality attributes (assessed via questionnaire), their behaviours and the dog’s behaviours observed during brief dog-owner and dog-stranger interactions (N = 78). Interactions comprised the owner commanding the dog to sit, and the stranger showing a ball to the restrained dog and then hiding it. Owners scoring higher on neuroticism and openness used more commands (gestural and verbal) when asking the dog to sit, and the dogs of owners higher on neuroticism obeyed with a longer latency and spent more time looking at the stranger. More extraverted owners praised their dog more, and it took longer for their dogs to look at the stranger but they spent more time looking at the stranger, whereas dogs of more agreeable owners spent more time looking at the ball. Based on these results we conclude that some aspects of owners’ personality appear to be tied to their dog’s attentional concerns.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dog-human interaction; personality; multivariate statistical methods
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BF Psychology / lélektan
Q Science / természettudomány > QL Zoology / állattan
Depositing User: Anna Vargane Kis
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 09:05
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2012 12:52
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/3557

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