Suggested Reading and Materials

This page includes many of the reprints, viewpoints, articles, publications and other materials found in different sections of our website, organized by subject, for ease of reference.

 

 

Responsible Pet Ownership Communities

Human-Canine Bond FAQ

 

Animal Services and the Responsible Pet Ownership Model, Viewpoint by Bill Bruce


Humane Communities are Safe. Safe Communities are Humane, Viewpoint by Cynthia Bathurst


A Community Model for Responsible Pet Ownership: Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Police and Dog Encounters (Video Series)   

National Canine Research Council funded and developed the videos, in partnership with Safe Humane Chicago & The U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 

 

The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters

U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services publication. Collaboratively authored by National Canine Research Council, Best Friends Animal Society, Safe Humane Chicago, and the University of Illinois Center for Public Safety and Justice. 


The quality of a dog's relationship to humans is a critical determinant of social behavior.

(NCRC Commentary on Topál, J., Miklósi, Á., & Csányi, V. (1997). Dog-human relationship affects problem solving behavior in the dog. Anthrozoös, 10, 214-224.)


Humane Society of the United States "Pets for Life" toolkit: empowering pet owners in under-served areas and creating humane communities

 

 

Behavior

The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog, NCRC Vision Series Publication by Janis Bradley

Video Interview with Janis Bradley on 'The Relevance of Breed In Selecting a Companion Dog' 

 

Assumptions about future behavior of shelter dogs seen as food aggressive are unfounded.

(NCRC Commentary on Marder, A.R., Shabelansky, A., Patronek, G.J., Dowling-Guyer, S., & D'Arpino, S. (2013). Food-related aggression in shelter dogs: A comparison of behavior identified by a behavior evaluation in the shelter and owner reports after adoption. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 148(1-2), 150-156.)

 

Don't let Liability Hysteria Keep you from Sending Good Dogs Home, Viewpoint by Bonnie Lutz, Esq. 

 

Breeds and Behavior, by Janis Bradley. (Published in The Bark, April/May 2011) 

 

Canadian study shows no difference in suitability as pets between "pit bull" dogs and other kinds of dogs

(NCRC Commentary on MacNeil-Allcock, A., Clarke, N.M., Ledger, R.A., & Fraser, D. (2011). Aggression, behaviour, and animal care among pit bulls and other dogs adopted from an animal shelter. Animal Welfare20(4): 463-368.

 

It's Not Just Semantics, Words Do Matter, by Pamela J. Reid, Ph.D., CAAB

 

Dogs' Personalities More Reflective of their Relationships with People, than of their Breed, by Janis Bradley

(NCRC Commentary on Mirko, E., Kubinyi, E., Gacsi, M., & Miklosi, A., (2012). Preliminary analysis of an adjective-based dog personality questionnaire developed to measure some aspects of personality in the domestic dog. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 138(1-2): 88-98.)

 

Swedish study found no link between modern breeds and their traditional work.

(NCRC Commentary on Svartberg, K. (2006). Breed-typical behaviour in dogs - Historical remnants or recent constructs? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 96(3-4): 293-313.

 

Svartberg, K. (2005). A comparison of behaviour in test and in everyday life: evidence of three consistent boldness-related personality traits in dogs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 91(1-2): 103-128. 

 

Svartberg, K. & Forkman, B. (2002). Personality traits in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 79(2): 133-155.) 


 

Breed Labeling Dogs of Unknown Parentage


Animal professionals shown to disagree with each other when assigning breed(s) to dogs of unknown parentage.

(NCRC Commentary on Voith, V.L et al. (2013). Comparison of Visual and DNA Breed Identification of Dogs and Inter-Observer Reliability. American Journal of Sociological Research, 3(2): 17-29. 


A Comparison of Visual and DNA Identification of Breeds of Dogs

Voith, V. (2009). Proceedings, Annual AVMA Convention: 1-3. 

 

Breed Specific or Looks Specific, Viewpoint by Kristopher Irizarry, Ph.D.


Dog Breed Identification is No Basis for Shelter Policy.

(NCRC Commentary on Maddie's Fund Study conducted by the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida.)

 

How long before we discard visual breed identification? A new survey confirms that even dog experts can't tell just by looking. 

(NCRC Commentary on Maddie's Fund Study conducted by the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida.)

 

Breed Labeling Dogs of Unknown Origin, Viewpoint by Amy Marder, V.M.D., CAAB & Bernice Clifford, CPDT-KA

 

Article 'Rethinking Dog Breed Identification in Veterinary Practices' Available in JAVMA

(NCRC Commentary on Simpson, R.J., Simpson, K.J, & VanKavage, L. (2012). Rethinking Dog Breed Identification in Veterinary Practice. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 241(9): 1163-1166.)

 

 

Media and Myths


The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths, and Politics of Canine Aggression, by Karen Delise 

 

Resident Dog v. Family Dog: What is the difference?

 

Troublemakers: What Pit Bulls Can Teach Us About Profiling, Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, February 2006.

 

America's Blame Game Goes to the Dogs, by Karen Delise, published by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals e-newsletter Out of the Cage, Spring 2008

 

2008 NCRC Report on Media Bias

 

2007 NCRC Report on Media Bias

 

 

Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) Resources

 

Breed-Specific Legislation on the decline

 

Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) FAQ - Updated August 2014


Breed-Specific Legislation Fiscal Impact Calculator


Resource for lawyers: "Down to a Science: Combating Breed Discriminatory Litigation with Frye, Daubert, and Rule 702" by Adam Karp, JD, MS

 

AVMA-CDC Statements on Breed-Specific Legislation


Study Explains Why BSL Does Not Reduce Dog Bites

(NCRC Commentary on Patronek, G.J, Slater, M., & Marder, A. (2010). Use of a number-needed-to-ban calculation to illustrate limitations of breed-specific legislation in decreasing the risk of dog bite-related injury. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 237(7), 788-792.)


Banned Breeds Are No More Aggressive Than Others, New Study Finds

(NCRC Commentary on Martinez, Á.G., Pernas, G.S., Casalta, J.D., Rey, M.L.S., & Palomino, L.F.dlC. (2011). Risk factors associated with behavioral problems in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, 6(4), 225-231.)


Denver's Breed-Specific Legislation: Brutal, Costly, and Ineffective


Miami-Dade "pit bull" ban remains, despite overwhelming evidence of failure and county officials' view


Sioux City Breed Ban Misses the Mark


Overall, K. (2010). Breed specific legislation: How data can spare breeds and reduce dog bites. The Veterinary Journal, 186(3): 277-279.


Aggression and Dogs:No significant difference between breeds

(NCRC Commentary on:

Schalke, E., Ott, S.A., von Gaertner, A.M., Hackbarth, H., & Mittmann, A. (2008). Is breed specific legislation justified? Study of the results of the temperament test of Lower Saxony. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, 3(3) 97-103.

 

Ott, S.A., Schalke, E., von Gaertner, A.M., & Hackbarth, H. (2008). Is there a difference? Comparison of golden retrievers and dogs affected by breed specific legislation regarding aggressive behavior. Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, 3(3), 134-140.)


Maryland's Experience: the Public Record and the Tracey v Solesky Ruling


Winnipeg, Manitoba far behind Calgary in Community Safety 

(NCRC Commentary on "Effectiveness of breed-specific legislation in decreasing the incidence of dog-bite injury hospitalizations in people in the Canadian province of Manitoba, Injury Prevention, 2012.)


American Bar Association (ABA) Urges Repeal of All Breed-Specific Laws 

 

Obama Administration Opposes Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL)


Dog Breed Specific Legislation: The cost to people, pets, and veterinarians, and the damage to the human-animal bond, Jane R. Berkey

 

Speak! or Rollover! The Choice Dog Owners Need to Make, by Karen Delise , American Dog Magazine, 2009




Dog Bites

 

Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions, 2nd edition, by Janis Bradley, an Animals & Society Institute Policy Paper.

 

Medically Attended Dog Bites

 

"Pit bull" regulation not a basis for Dog Bite Prevention, AVMA Experts Report 

(NCRC Commentary on "Welfare Implications of The Role of Breed in Dog Bite Risk and Prevention," AVMA Backgrounder, April 17,2012

 

NCRC Letter in response to Annals of Surgery (Bini, 2011) paper

 

NCRC Letter in response to Otolaryngology (Behar, 2009) paper


Potentially Preventable Husbandry Factors Co-occur in Most Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

(NCRC Commentary on: "Co-occurrence of potentially preventable factors in 256 dog bite–related fatalities in the United States (2000–2009)," Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2013)

 

2013 NCRC Preliminary Update on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

 

2012 NCRC Summary Report on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities (2000-2012)

 

2012 NCRC Preliminary Report on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities


2011 NCRC Final Investigative Report on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

 

2011 NCRC Preliminary Report on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

 

2010 NCRC Preliminary Report on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

 

2010 NCRC Final Report on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

 

Special Report on Case Originally Reported as Dog-Bite-Related Fatality (SC)


Special Report on Case Originally Reported as Dog-Bite-Related Fatality (OH)


2009 NCRC Final Report on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

 

Dogs Becoming Part of the Family: Dog Bite Injuries Decreasing   

NCRC Dog Bite Prevention Week Press Release 2013

 

New Department of Justice Manual Keeps Law Enforcement Officers, Citizens, and Dogs Safe During National Dog Bite Prevention Week

NCRC Dog Bite Prevention Week Press Release 2012

 

Education Helps Dogs and Children Speak the Same Language

NCRC Dog Bite Prevention Week Press Release 2011

 

Good News About Dog Bites and How to Make it Better

NCRC Dog Bite Prevention Week Press Release 2010

 

A Dog's Eye View For Dog Bite Prevention

NCRC Dog Bite Prevention Week Press Release 2009

 

Despite Perceptions, Dog Bites on the Decline

NCRC Dog Bite Prevention Week Press Release 2008

 

Posters


Comparison of Visual and DNA Breed Identification of Dogs and Inter-Observer Relability

Victoria L. Voith, Ph.D., DVM, DACVB. (2013).

 

Comparison of Adoption Agency Breed Identification and DNA Breed Identification of Dogs.

Victoria L. Voith, Ph.D., DVM, DACVB. (Presented at ACVB/AVSAB, July 2010). 


Visual Breed ID: Labrador retriever Mixes


Visual Breed ID: "Pit bull" Mixes

 

Visual Breed ID: German shepherd Mixes