Separation-related behaviors are described as problematic behaviors that occur exclusively in the owner's absence or virtual absence. Diagnosis is generally based on indirect evidence such as elimination or destruction that occurs during owner absence. Questionnaire studies are based on owner perception and might therefore underestimate the actual proportion of dogs with separation problems. The aim of this study was to film dogs with separation-related problems when left home alone and compile objective information on behaviors exhibited. Twenty-three dogs, ranging in age from 5 months to 13 years (2.9 ± 22.7 years), were filmed home alone for 20-60 min (49.87 ± 12.9 min) after owner departure. Analysis of behaviors on tape showed that dogs spent most of their time vocalizing (22.95 ± 12.3% of total observed time) and being oriented to the environment (21 ± 20%). Dogs also exhibited panting (14 ± 18%), were passive (12 ± 27%) and were destroying (6 ± 6%) during owner absence. Most dogs displayed signs within less than 10 min after owner departure, such as vocalizing (mean latency 3.25 min) and/or destroying (mean latency 7.13 min). Barking and oriented to the environment tended to decrease (respectively p = 0.08 and p = 0.07) and conversely panting tended to increase over time (p = 0.07). Diagnosis of separation-related problems is traditionally dependant on owner reports. Although owner observation may be informative, direct observation and standardized behavioral measurement of dogs with separation-related problems, before and after treatment, would be the best way to diagnose and to measure behavioral improvement.

Video analysis of dogs with separation-related behaviors / C. Palestrini, M. Minero, S. Cannas, E. Rossi, D. Frank. - In: APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE. - ISSN 0168-1591. - 124:1-2(2010), pp. 61-67.

Video analysis of dogs with separation-related behaviors

C. Palestrini
;
M. Minero
Secondo
;
S. Cannas;
2010

Abstract

Separation-related behaviors are described as problematic behaviors that occur exclusively in the owner's absence or virtual absence. Diagnosis is generally based on indirect evidence such as elimination or destruction that occurs during owner absence. Questionnaire studies are based on owner perception and might therefore underestimate the actual proportion of dogs with separation problems. The aim of this study was to film dogs with separation-related problems when left home alone and compile objective information on behaviors exhibited. Twenty-three dogs, ranging in age from 5 months to 13 years (2.9 ± 22.7 years), were filmed home alone for 20-60 min (49.87 ± 12.9 min) after owner departure. Analysis of behaviors on tape showed that dogs spent most of their time vocalizing (22.95 ± 12.3% of total observed time) and being oriented to the environment (21 ± 20%). Dogs also exhibited panting (14 ± 18%), were passive (12 ± 27%) and were destroying (6 ± 6%) during owner absence. Most dogs displayed signs within less than 10 min after owner departure, such as vocalizing (mean latency 3.25 min) and/or destroying (mean latency 7.13 min). Barking and oriented to the environment tended to decrease (respectively p = 0.08 and p = 0.07) and conversely panting tended to increase over time (p = 0.07). Diagnosis of separation-related problems is traditionally dependant on owner reports. Although owner observation may be informative, direct observation and standardized behavioral measurement of dogs with separation-related problems, before and after treatment, would be the best way to diagnose and to measure behavioral improvement.
Dogs; Behavior; Separation-related problems; Separation anxiety
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