The researchers at the Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society of the University of Pennsylvania have developed a test to assess canine behaviour and flag any attributes which could be cause for concern.
The test consists of 101 questions describing the different ways in which dogs typically respond to common events, situations, and stimuli in their environment. Users simply click a box to indicate the extent to which the description fits their dog. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
It is designed to be used by veterinarians, behavioral consultants, researchers, shelters, and working dog organizations with an interest in screening dogs for the presence and severity of behavioral problems. For a limited period, it is also open pet-owners interested in comparing their dogs to others in the database.
The dog is scored in the following categories:
- Stranger-directed aggression
- Owner-directed aggression
- Dog-directed aggression/fear
- Familiar dog aggression
- Stranger-directed fear
- Nonsocial fear
- Separation-related problems
- Touch sensitivity
A red flag indicates that this dog obtained a less favorable score for this subscale than at least 75% of the dogs in the comparison sample.
Two red flags indicate that this dog obtained a less favorable score for this subscale than at least 90% of the dogs in the comparison sample.
Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire