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Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories

Rute Canejo-Teixeira, Isabel Neto, Luis V Baptista, Maria M R E Niza.


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Abstract
The human-dog relationship is at least 16,000 years old and is mutually beneficial to both dyadic members. When the human-dog relationship becomes dysfunctional, however, there can be serious consequences for both parties as well as for society. Unfortunately, dysfunctional dyads are normally only identified after consequences have been felt (e.g. dog-human aggression) limiting the action that can be taken to prevent such occurrences. To evaluate whether these dysfunctional dyads can be preemptively identified, a questionnaire analyzing the owners’ dog health care histories was administered to an urban dog owning population. Multiple Correspondence Analysis (n=1385) was conducted and identified three clusters accounting for 37.1% of the total variance, while four moderate positive correlations where found: “unspecified trauma” with “vehicular trauma” (r =0.303, p<0.001), “bitten” with “bit other animal” (r=0.345, p<0.001), “bit a person” with “bit other animal” (r=0.369, p<0.001) and “chronic illness” with “hospitalized” (r=0.297, p<0.001). These results suggest that a simple questionnaire can identify potential characteristics of functional and dysfunctional dyads. In functional dyads, humans tend to be responsible for their dogs’ well-being, while dysfunctional dyads show the opposite characteristics, reporting experience with trauma and dog aggression.

Key words: dysfunctional dyads; human-dog bond; MCA; questionnaire; ownership characteristics


 
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Canejo-Teixeira R, Neto I, Baptista LV, Niza MMRE, . Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories. Open Vet J. 2019; 9(2): 140-146. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8


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Canejo-Teixeira R, Neto I, Baptista LV, Niza MMRE, . Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories. https://www.openveterinaryjournal.com/?mno=15838 [Access: February 28, 2024]. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8


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Canejo-Teixeira R, Neto I, Baptista LV, Niza MMRE, . Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories. Open Vet J. 2019; 9(2): 140-146. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8



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Canejo-Teixeira R, Neto I, Baptista LV, Niza MMRE, . Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories. Open Vet J. (2019), [cited February 28, 2024]; 9(2): 140-146. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8



Harvard Style

Canejo-Teixeira, R. ., Neto, I. . ., Baptista, L. V., Niza, M. M. R. E. & (2019) Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories. Open Vet J, 9 (2), 140-146. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8



Turabian Style

Canejo-Teixeira, Rute , Isabel Neto, Luis V Baptista, Maria M R E Niza, and . 2019. Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories. Open Veterinary Journal, 9 (2), 140-146. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8



Chicago Style

Canejo-Teixeira, Rute , Isabel Neto, Luis V Baptista, Maria M R E Niza, and . "Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories." Open Veterinary Journal 9 (2019), 140-146. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Canejo-Teixeira, Rute , Isabel Neto, Luis V Baptista, Maria M R E Niza, and . "Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories." Open Veterinary Journal 9.2 (2019), 140-146. Print. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Canejo-Teixeira, R. ., Neto, I. . ., Baptista, L. V., Niza, M. M. R. E. & (2019) Identification of dysfunctional human-dog dyads through dog ownership histories. Open Veterinary Journal, 9 (2), 140-146. doi:10.4314/ovj.v9i2.8