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When the bond goes wrong: problem behaviours in the social context

Mills, Daniel and van der Zee, Emile and Zulch, Helen (2014) When the bond goes wrong: problem behaviours in the social context. In: The social dog. Academic Press. ISBN 9780124078185

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Abstract

Despite its historical importance, the scientific study of human dog relationships and the bond that exists between us and dogs has received remarkably little attention. Much research has been theoretical and descriptive rather than hypothesis driven, even though empirical testing is possible. Relationships and the bonds that keep them together are individual, varied and dynamic, and so generalisations aimed at describing them are of limited value. Therefore we consider how we can rationally define the dimensions of a relationship using Hinde’s (1976) original framework and how this can be adapted to understand the ways in which these relationships can break down. Tension arises when expectations are not met, and so a solid understanding of the biological and psychological capacities and limitations of the dog are an essential prerequisite for minimising the risk of problems. We select two areas for particular attention: factors relating to the structuring of the relationship (e.g. the type of bond that exists and reinforcement given), and factors relating to communication, especially within the context of obedience and conflict resolution which can lead to aggression.

Keywords:dog
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C120 Behavioural Biology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:19724
Deposited On:01 Dec 2015 20:16

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