Article Text

other Versions

PDF
Association between prospective owner viewing of the parents of a puppy and later referral for behavioural problems
  1. C. Westgarth, BSc(Hons) PhD1,
  2. K. Reevell, BSc(Hons) MSc(CABC) KCAI CCAB2 and
  3. R. Barclay, BSc(Hons) MPhil CCAB2
  1. Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Chester High Road Neston, CH64 7TE, UK
  2. Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, P. O. BOX 46, Worcester, WR8 9YS, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence carri.westgarth{at}liverpool.ac.uk

A case-control study was designed to test whether there is an association between the owners seeing the mother of a puppy, and later development of behavioural problems. The sample consisted of dogs that were seen by animal behaviourists (members of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors) and equivalent dogs (without a behavioural problem, but the owners would consider referral to an animal behaviourist were the dog to develop a behavioural problem) seen at a veterinary practice that referred to each animal behaviourist. After adjustment for confounding factors using multivariable logistic regression, case dogs were more likely to be younger than controls (P<0.001); less likely to be obtained at six (OR=0.27, 95 per cent CI=0.09 to 0.85, P=0.03), nine (OR=0.22, 95 per cent CI=0.06 to 0.80, P=0.02) or 10 weeks (OR=0.35, 95 per cent CI=0.12 to 1.01, P=0.05), than eight weeks; more likely for the owner to have seen only one parent (OR=2.49, 95 per cent CI=1.15 to 5.37, P=0.02) than both parents, and more likely to have not seen either parent (OR=3.82, 95 per cent CI=1.12 to 12.97, P=0.03) than both. Advice to ‘see the mother’ has been shown to be partly scientifically accurate in relation to future unwanted behavioural problems among dogs; in fact, it may be better for prospective owners to be recommended to view both parents.

  • Accepted February 12, 2012.

Statistics from Altmetric.com

  • Accepted February 12, 2012.
View Full Text

Footnotes

  • Provenance not commissioned; externally peer reviewed

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.