'Obedient, but cheeky': Human expectations of canine behaviour and companionship

Stephens-Lewis, Danielle ORCID: 0000-0001-6694-9954 and Schenke, Kimberley Caroline (2023) 'Obedient, but cheeky': Human expectations of canine behaviour and companionship. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. doi:10.1080/10888705.2023.2233885 (In Press)

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Whilst dogs are adored companions worldwide, high numbers continue to be relinquished each year due to perceived behavioral concerns. Subsequently, this paper addresses the question; What are guardian’s expectations of canine behavior and companionship? A total of 175 participants responded to a qualitative semi-structured survey, distributed online. Following a reflexive thematic analysis , five themes are discussed; A well-balanced dog, Obedient, Affection and Connection, Shared Interests, and Commitment. The findings highlight a wide range of expectations typically moving beyond realistic behavior and capabilities for both dogs and guardians. Resultantly, we call for clearer conceptualization of canine behavior, particularly in relation to the distinction between observable behavior and behavioral interpretations (personality, temperament etc.). Clarification on the facets of dog behavior, in addition to better understanding guardian expectations, will aid the development of educational materials aimed at supporting existing human-dog relationships and the adoption matching process within canine adoptions. Cumulatively, this would aid successful human-dog bonding, reducing the risk for relinquishment. These findings build on the recently proposed Perceived Canine Reactivity Framework.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dog behaviour; Canine behaviour; Guardian expectations; Relinquishment; Human-canine bond
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anna Kerr
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2023 10:38
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2024 04:15
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/12925

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