Effects of maternal investment, temperament, and cognition on guide dog success

Short Synopsis: This study followed 98 puppies from birth through adulthood. The researchers found that mother dogs who spent more time caring for the puppies raised puppies that were more likely to flunk out of the program. Mothers whose nursing style required more work from the puppies (vertical or standing nursing) raised puppies that were more likely to succeed. Young adult …

Levels of maternal care in dogs affect adult offspring temperament

Short Synopsis: Researchers observed how mother dogs interacted with their puppies for 3 weeks after the puppies were born. The researchers categorized the interactions based on how much time the mother dogs attended to their puppies and spent close to them. Mother dogs were consistent with how they interacted with the litters. Each mother dog was also different from the others. …

Predictive models of assistance dog training outcomes using the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire and a standardized temperament evaluation

Short Synopsis: Researchers compared C-BARQ, IFT, and combination scores from the two tests to see which test helped predict which dogs would succeed at assistance dog training. All versions of testing identified a dog’s likelihood of success better than chance. All 3 versions of testing were most accurate for flagging the dogs that were most likely to fail (85%-92% accurate for …