Risk factors associated with stranger-directed aggression in domestic dogs

Risk factors associated with stranger-directed aggression in domestic dogs •Risk factors for stranger-directed aggression (SDA) were assessed via a questionnaire.•Reported fear of strangers was strongly associated with SDA.•Neutered males, mixed breeds, and dogs from pet stores had the greatest odds of SDA.•Severe SDA was highest in males and dogs with health problems, and lowest in sporting breeds.•Correlations in SDA within households indicate possible environmental and management effects. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Animal Behaviour Science Elsevier

Risk factors associated with stranger-directed aggression in domestic dogs

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Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN
0168-1591
eISSN
1872-9045
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.applanim.2017.08.007
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Abstract

•Risk factors for stranger-directed aggression (SDA) were assessed via a questionnaire.•Reported fear of strangers was strongly associated with SDA.•Neutered males, mixed breeds, and dogs from pet stores had the greatest odds of SDA.•Severe SDA was highest in males and dogs with health problems, and lowest in sporting breeds.•Correlations in SDA within households indicate possible environmental and management effects.

Journal

Applied Animal Behaviour ScienceElsevier

Published: Dec 1, 2017

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