This study evaluated two behavioral assessment tools commonly used in shelters to attempt to predict behavior in adoptive homes. ...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.
This retrospective study of owned dogs is included because it presented data on four commonly used behavior assessment subtests. ...Read More
Janis Bradley will be presenting at the 11th International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting. September 14, 2017; 930am: "No Better Than Flipping a Coin: Reconsidering Canine Behavior Evaluations in Animal Shelters" Location: Samorin, Slovakia Gene ...Read More
This study is included because it presented data on four commonly used behavior assessment subtests. ...Read More
Summary & Analysis: Food-related aggression in shelter dogs: a comparison of behavior identified by a behavior evaluation in the shelter and owner reports after adoption
This article is included as the most comprehensive of only 3 we are aware of that contains data on dogs who failed a behavior evaluation but were nonetheless adopted. And even at that, only dogs who tested as mildly expressing the behaviors of interest (g ...Read More
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Janis Bradley will be presenting at the Pet Professional Guild 2017 Summit. November 18th: 830-1030am: In Defense of Anthropomorphism: When is a Dog Like a Person? November 20th: 1215-130pm: Are we creating Helicopter Pet Parents? Studies with Implication ...Read More
What lies within us: Mobilizing to end breed specific legislation For years, advocates have battled breed-specific legislation (BSL), fighting for their rights through repeal efforts. BSL ordinances are being repealed rapidly and it's only a matter o ...Read More
National Canine Research Council's new research library is our attempt to summarize what the best science to date has to say about these questions. Rather than a traditional literature review, it’s a critical analysis of the most commonly cited and t ...Read More
Are we creating a culture of helicopter pet parenting? Two studies with implications for the unintended consequence of hypervigilance.
All this leads to the question of whether this idea of people being in urgent need of education about their dogs’ micro behaviors might be pushing people into helicopter parenting of their pets with all the harms that result from over-diagnoses and stress ...Read More