Association between increased behavioral persistence and stereotypy in the pet dog

  title={Association between increased behavioral persistence and stereotypy in the pet dog},
  author={Alexandra Protopopova and Nathaniel J. Hall and Clive David Lawrence Wynne},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether dogs that exhibit stereotypy also show higher behavioral persistence in an extinction-learning task. Thirteen pet dogs with stereotypy and 13 breed-matched control dogs were assessed on a resistance to extinction test. Each dog was trained for 40 trials using a food reinforcer to nose-touch the experimenter's hand on a continuous reinforcement schedule. After acquisition, the dogs entered an extinction phase, during which food was no longer… CONTINUE READING


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