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Assessment of canine emotion through behaviour
  1. Emma Buckland,
  2. Holger Volk,
  3. Charlotte Burn and
  4. Siobhan Abeyesinghe
  1. Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
  1. e-mail: elbuckland{at}

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EMOTIONAL states in companion animals are usually determined by human interpretation of behavioural signals (Boissy and others 2007). Accurate recognition of key behaviours associated with different emotions is, therefore, of paramount importance.

Yet, misinterpretation (or indeed a lack of interpretation) of dog behaviour appears common (Diesel and others 2008, Kerswell and others 2009) and may prompt poor canine welfare, through owner ignorance of health issues and inappropriate reinforcement, or punishment …

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