“Reactivity to Stimuli” is a Temperamental Factor Contributing to Canine Aggression

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 owner directed aggression.

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.

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4074066/?fbclid=IwAR3WtnYTd_rwopQS0fNN7oI6SpCune67JEVPOc9ywhL0qDhEYSnFWfdQ-iE

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