Links Between Play and Dominance and Attachment Dimensions of Dog-Human Relationships

@article{Rooney2003LinksBP,
  title={Links Between Play and Dominance and Attachment Dimensions of Dog-Human Relationships},
  author={Nicola J Rooney and John W. S. Bradshaw},
  journal={Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={6},
  pages={67 - 94}
}
  • N. Rooney, J. Bradshaw
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
It is often claimed that certain behavioral problems in domestic dogs can be triggered by the games played by dog and caregiver (owner). In this study, we examine possible links between the types of games played and dimensions of the dog-owner relationship that are generally considered to affect such problems. Fifty dog-owner partnerships were filmed during 3-min play sessions in which the owner was allowed to choose the games played. All partnerships then undertook a 1-hr test designed to… 
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