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Previous empirical evaluations of training programs aimed at improving dog adoption rates assume that dogs exhibiting certain behaviors are more adoptable. However, no systematic data are available to indicate that

Previous empirical evaluations of training programs aimed at improving dog adoption rates assume that dogs exhibiting certain behaviors are more adoptable. However, no systematic data are available to indicate that the spontaneous behavior of shelter dogs has an effect on adopter preference. The aim of the present study was to determine whether any behaviors that dogs exhibit spontaneously in the presence of potential adopters were associated with the dogs' length of stay in the shelter. A sample of 289 dogs was videotaped for 1 min daily throughout their stay at a county shelter.

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    • 2014-12-31
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    • Digital object identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114319
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    Protopopova, A., Mehrkam, L. R., Boggess, M. M., & Wynne, C. D. (2014). In-Kennel Behavior Predicts Length of Stay in Shelter Dogs. PLoS ONE, 9(12). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114319

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