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  • Preliminary investigation of food guarding behavior in shelter dogs in the United States.

    Author(s) : Mohan-Gibbons, H.Weiss, E.Slater, M.

    Author Affiliation : Shelter Research and Development, Community Outreach, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), Ojai, CA 93024, USA.

    Author Email : heather.mohan-gibbons@aspca.orgemily.weiss@aspca.orgmargaret.slater@aspca.org

    Journal article : Animals 2012 Vol.2 No.3 pp.331-346 ref.17

    Abstract : A survey given to animal shelters across the US reported food bowl guarding as one of the most common reasons for euthanasiaeuthanasiaSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    and only 34% attempted to modify this guarding behavior. This study identified 96 dogsdogsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    that guarded their food bowl during an assessment, and then placed them into a home on a modification program. Food guarding behavior was identified as stiffening, gulping, growling, freezing, and/or biting a fake hand during the SAFER® food bowl assessment. Dogs that exhibited guarding behavior over toys were excluded. Follow-up was done at 3 days, 3 weeks, and 3 months post adoption to measure all guarding behavior in the home. Six adopters reported at least one incident involving guarding in the first three weeks, of which only one was around the food bowl. By three months, those adopters reported no guarding behavior except one new occurrence of a dog guarding a rawhide was reported in the third month. For dog identified with food guarding, the return rate to the sheltershelterSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    was 5% and 9% for adult dogs not identified with guarding behavior. Adopters did not comply with at least one aspect of the program, so it is unclear why so little guarding was reported. The key finding is that dogs that guarded their food bowl in the shelter were not guarding their food in their new homes.

    ISSN : 2076-2615

    URL : http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/2/3/331

    Record Number : 20123347534

    Publisher : MDPI Publishing

    Location of publication : Basel

    Country of publication : Switzerland

    Language of text : English

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