A few weeks back Heather Mohan-Gibbons wrote an excellent weblog about assessing a dog’s behavior using cats in a shelter establishing. She rightly mentioned that there surely is such variability (and humane problems ) and little to aid these types of assessments. She offered some wonderful alternatives, and when you have not really seen it yet, that is a great someone to read and share with staff. Coincidently, research was just published that focused on dogs ’ responses to different cat-related cues.
The authors (Hoffman, Workman, Roberts and Handley) conducted a nifty small study where they observed owned doggie behavior to a variety of cues-some cat-related and some that were control stimuli. For example, they used a fake cat that moved in realistic ways versus a pillowcase with an automated device to make it move. While the major aim of this study was to observe dog’s behavior toward the cat-related items to understand if dogs responded differently to the experimental vs . control items, there was a second area of study that was really pretty juicy.