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A triple blind placebo-controlled investigation into the assessment of the effect of Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) on anxiety related behaviour of problem dogs in the veterinary clinic

Mills, Daniel Simon and Ramos, Daniela and Estelles, Marta Gandia and Hargrave, Claire (2006) A triple blind placebo-controlled investigation into the assessment of the effect of Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) on anxiety related behaviour of problem dogs in the veterinary clinic. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 98 (1-2). pp. 114-126. ISSN 0168-1591

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2005.08.012

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Abstract

The behaviour and emotional state of 15 dogs, known to be fearful of the veterinary clinic was
evaluated during a standardised 5 min waiting room procedure and standardised 2 min consultation
room procedure prior to a sham clinical examination, in the presence of Dog Appeasing Pheromone
and placebo. Subjects acted as their own controls and were semi-randomly allocated into treatment
groups to control for order effects. A triple blinding procedure was used in order to remove bias from
the assessment of video recordings of the dogs, with two naı¨ve independent raters used to analyse the
video recordings of the behaviour of dogs during the test procedures. The raters showed good, and
similar, agreement in their evaluation of both the specific behaviour of the dogs and their putative
emotional state (relaxed, aroused and anxious). The results suggested that the use of DAP in the clinic
was associated with greater relaxation of the dogs but there was no effect on aggressive behaviour
during the clinical examination.
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Additional Information:Available online 29 September 2005
Keywords:Aggression, Anxiety, Biometry, Dog, Emotion, Pheromone
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:14563
Deposited On:22 Jul 2014 14:35

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