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 dogs in the bottom 10%).

All 3 tests were moderately accurate (62-72%) for identifying the dogs in the top 10% (most likely to succeed).

Combining C-BARQ and IFT scores didn’t help much with overall accuracy, but did help identify dogs in the bottom 20% more accurately.

Authors: Emily E. Bray, Kerinne M. Levy, Brenda S. Kennedy, Deborah L. Duffy, James A. Serpell, and Evan L. MacLean

Publication: Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Publication Date: 2019

Applies To: Assistance dogs, C-BARQ

Sample Size: Several thousand



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