Short Synopsis: The study showed there was a correlation between dogs’ reactivity to their environment and aggression. In other words, dogs who were more easily upset by environmental changes were also more likely to be aggressive in four different types of aggression.
Four targets of aggression were included in the study: owner directed, stranger directed, child-directed, and dog directed.
Reactivity to their environment was linked with all four – most significantly
One conclusion drawn was when approaching dogs it is important to avoid sudden or unusual movements in order to prevent aggression.
Authors: Sayaka Arata, Yukari Takeuchi, Mai Inoue, Yuji Mori
Publication: Plos One
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Applies to: Aggression, Temperament, Breed
Sample Size: 5610 Dogs
Limitations/Drawbacks: Only a select amount of breeds accounted for.