Aggressive behavior in adopted dogs that passed a temperament test

Title: Aggressive behavior in adopted dogs that passed a temperament test

Short Synopsis: Temperament testing done by shelters cannot reliably illustrate aggressive tendencies that dogs exhibit in the home. This is likely due to situations that are not mimicked on temperament testing that occurs in the home motivating territorial and predatory aggression.

Authors: E Christensen, J Scarlett, M Campagna, K Houp

Publication: Applied Animal Behavior Science

Publication Date: January 2006

Applies To: Adopted Dogs, shelter behavior

Sample Size: 66

Limitations/Drawbacks: Adopters may not have reported/recalled their dogs behavior accurately, and may not understand their behavior well enough (ex. barking) to report aggressive behavior accurately.

Link to the article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168159106002486

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