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Behavioral and physiological predictors of guide dog success

Tomkins, L. M., Thomson, P. C., McGreevy, P. D.,

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A range of mobility aids are available to assist people living with vision impairment, and of these, guide dog ownership offers them several unique benefits. However, training a dog to be a successful guide dog comes at a high cost (approximately AU$30,000). Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether temperament testing and kennel behaviour measures could be used by Guide Dog Organizations for the early identification of dogs suitable for guiding work and thus to reduce production costs. Tests were conducted at a dog training centre in NSW. The presence of panting, licking and reduced time spent resting resulted in a lower probability of guide dog success.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Safety and security

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