Visual breed identification is most often inaccurate, and study results bring into question the findings of any research which attempts to link breed to behavior based on visually identified study populations and demonstrates a need for eliminating visual ...Read More
About this Research Library
The National Canine Research Council Research Library houses, in one searchable database, scholarly materials in our areas of interest and expertise. Our goal is to make available descriptions of studies from the peer-reviewed literature in order to inform discourse and enable ongoing research through accurate representations of sources.1 We provide links to the abstracts and where to purchase full texts (some of which are open access). We hope that the Research Library will also be useful to journalists, persons engaged in canine-related occupations, grant makers, and any interested researchers or readers. We invite all those interested to make use of the Research Library, which is searchable by Author, Content Type, and Topic.
To meet the standards for inclusion in the research library, research papers must generally be:
-The product of authoritative institutions such as major U.S. and international universities, research organizations or governmental bodies.
-Based on rigorous research and/or widely cited in the literature on the topic.
-Published in a peer-reviewed journal.
We do not attempt to include every study that meets these criteria. This is neither practical nor desirable in our effort to streamline the literature review process for scholars. Instead, we have included the most comprehensive works, those that can be considered seminal in each area when such exist. We have also included those that are the most frequently cited in the literature whether or not the project’s methodological rigor merits this recognition.
The three content types in the Research Library are:
-Literature review: These are National Canine Research Council authored reviews of each topic which summarize the most important findings, along with brief summaries and analyses of the most commonly cited and the most authoritative studies to date.
-Peer reviewed research: Each such document is a more substantial National Canine Research Council summary and analysis of each study mentioned in the literature review including strengths and limitations of the study itself, along with discussion of the use of sources cited within the paper where appropriate. These are also searchable by the study author’s name.
-Policy paper: These are National Canine Research Council’s Policy paper booklets authored by Janis Bradley, Council Director of Communications and Publications.
We strongly encourage you go back to the original sources to confirm that you agree with our analysis. When making attributions to material found after using this Research Library, the original source material should be cited. Material quoted directly from the Research Library should be credited to the National Canine Research Council. If you have questions or comments please contact us.
1. For a sample analysis of how findings can be distorted by poor choice and use of cited material, see the 2016 open access paper in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, "Who is minding the bibliography? Daisy chaining, dropped leads, and other bad behavior using examples from the dog bite literature." All three authors are affiliated with National Canine Research Council.
Summary & Analysis: Defaming Rover: Error-Based Latent Rhetoric in the Medical Literature on Dog Bites.
This study examined the accuracy of reports on nonclinical issues (e.g., dog behavior) in published papers on dog bite injuries authored by human health care professionals. ...Read More
Summary & Analysis: The impact of excluding food guarding from a standardized behavioral canine assessment in animal shelters
To best understand this article in the context of the behavior evaluation literature, please see National Canine Research Council’s complete analysis here. Article Citation: Mohan-Gibbons, H., Dolan, E. D., Reid, P., Slater, M. R., Mulligan, H., & We ...Read More
Summary & Analysis: No better than flipping a coin: Reconsidering canine behavior evaluations in animal shelters
Using a detailed hypothetical with statistics drawn from the canine literature, Patronek and Bradley explain why, even in the most optimistic circumstances, behavior evaluations are “no better than flipping a coin.” ...Read More
This study is included because the assessment developed has been adopted by other researchers due to its brevity and reported validity. ...Read More
Summary & Analysis: Timing and presence of an attachment person affect sensitivity of aggression tests in shelter dogs
This is a two-part study that investigated factors that might mediate “aggression,” “fear,” and “anxiety” on behavior evaluations of shelter and pet dogs. ...Read More
Summary & Analysis: Behavioral evaluation and demographic information in the assessment of aggressiveness in shelter dogs
This study is an interesting attempt at combining a retrospective and prospective approach to validating a behavior evaluation. ...Read More
Summary & Analysis: Reliability of assessment of dogs’ behavioural responses by staff working at a welfare charity in the UK
This study assessed inter-rater reliability and intra-rater repeatability among 40 staff members at the largest canine welfare charity in the UK with respect to canine behavior evaluations. ...Read More
Summary & Analysis: Preliminary investigation of food guarding behavior in shelter dogs in the United States
This study focused specifically on the food guarding subtest of the Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming behavior evaluation, which is commonly used in shelters. ...Read More
This study utilized a behavior evaluation to study “personality” in canines. ...Read More