Survey of Bracco Italiano (Italian Pointer) behaviour

In compliance with the Italian legislative Decree n° 196/2003, your personal data contained in this document will be uniquely processed for scientific purposes and they will not be trasmitted to anyone except for the canine association Altre Menti and the Etovet research group.
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    Dog owner information

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    Information about your dog

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    Guarding
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    Canine Behavioral Assessment

    The following questions are designed to allow you to describe how your dog has been behaving in the recent past (i.e. during the last few months). Please try to answer all of the questions. If you have never observed the dog in the situation described, please check the “Not observed/not applicable” box on the right.

    SECTION 1: Training difficulty

    Some dogs are more obedient and trainable than others. By checking the appropriate boxes, please indicate how trainable or obedient your dog has been in each of the following situations in the recent past:
    1. When off the leash, returns immediately when called.
    2. Obeys the “sit” command immediately.
    3. Obeys the “stay” command immediately.
    4. Seems to attend/listen closely to everything you say or do.
    5. Slow to respond to correction or punishment; ‘thick-skinned’.
    6. Slow to learn new tricks or tasks.
    7. Easily distracted by interesting sights, sounds or smells.
    8. Will ‘fetch’ or attempt to fetch sticks, balls, or objects.
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    SECTION 2: Aggression

    Some dogs display aggressive behavior from time to time. Typical signs of moderate aggression in dogs include barking, growling and baring teeth. More serious aggression generally includes snapping, lunging, biting, or attempting to bite. By circling or underlining a number on the following 5-point scales (0= No aggression, 4= Serious aggression), please indicate your own dog’s recent tendency to display aggressive behavior in each of the following contexts. If you have never observed the dog in the situation described, please do not answer.
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    SECTION 3: Fear and Anxiety

    Dogs sometimes show signs of anxiety or fear when exposed to particular sounds, objects, persons or situations. Typical signs of mild to moderate fear include: avoiding eye contact, avoidance of the feared object; crouching or cringing with tail lowered or tucked between the legs; whimpering or whining, freezing, and shaking or trembling. Extreme fear is characterized by exaggerated cowering, and/or vigorous attempts to escape, retreat or hide from the feared object, person or situation. Using the following 5-point scales (0=No fear, 4=Extreme fear), please indicate your own dog’s recent tendency to display fearful behavior in each of the following circumstances. If you have never observed the dog in the situation described, please do not answer.
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    SECTION 4: Separation-related behavior.

    Some dogs show signs of anxiety or abnormal behavior when left alone, even for relatively short periods of time. Thinking back over the recent past, how often has your dog shown each of the following signs of separation-related behavior when left, or about to be left, on its own (check appropriate boxes):
    54. Shaking, shivering or trembling.
    55. Excessive salivation.
    56. Restlessness/agitation/pacing.
    57. Whining.
    58. Barking.
    59. Howling.
    60.  Chewing/scratching at doors, floor, windows, curtains, etc.
    61.  Loss of appetite.
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    SECTION 5: Excitability

    Some dogs show relatively little reaction to sudden or potentially exciting events and disturbances in their environment, while others become highly excited at the slightest novelty. Signs of mild to moderate excitability include increased alertness, movement toward the source of novelty, and brief episodes of barking. Extreme excitability is characterized by a general tendency to over-react. The excitable dog barks or yelps hysterically at the slightest disturbance, rushes towards and around any source of excitement, and is difficult to calm down. Using the following 5-point scales (0=Calm, 4=Extremely excitable), please indicate your own dog’s recent tendency to become excitable in each of the following circumstances. If you have never observed the dog in the situation described, please do not answer.
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    SECTION 6: Attachment and Attention-seeking.

    Most dogs are strongly attached to their people, and some demand a great deal of attention and affection from them. Thinking back over the recent past, how often has your dog shown each of the following signs of attachment or attention-seeking.
    68. Displays a strong attachment for one particular member of the household.
    69. Tends to follow you (or other members of household) about the house, from room to room.
    70. Tends to sit close to, or in contact with, you (or others) when you are sitting down.
    71.Tends to nudge, nuzzle or paw you (or others) for attention when you are sitting down.
    72. Becomes agitated (whines, jumps up, tries to intervene) when you (or others) show affection for another person.
    73. Becomes agitated (whines, jumps up, tries to intervene) when you show affection for another dog or animal.
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    SECTION 7: Miscellaneous

    Dogs display a wide range of miscellaneous behavior problems in addition to those already covered by this questionnaire. Thinking back over the recent past, please indicate how often your dog has shown any of the following behaviors:
    74. Chases or would chase cats given the opportunity.
    75. Chases or would chase birds given the opportunity.
    76. Chases or would chase squirrels, rabbits and other small animals given the opportunity.
    77. Escapes or would escape from home or yard given the chance.
    78. Rolls in animal droppings or other ‘smelly’ substances.
    79. Eats own or other animals’ droppings or feces.
    80. Chews inappropriate objects.
    81. ‘Mounts’ objects, furniture, or people.
    82. Begs persistently for food when people are eating.
    83. Steals food.
    84. Nervous or frightened on stairs.
    85.  Pulls excessively hard when on the leash.
    86. Urinates against objects/ furnishings in your home.
    87. Urinates when approached, petted, handled or picked up.
    88. Urinates when left alone at night, or during the daytime.
    89. Defecates when left alone at night, or during the daytime.
    90. Hyperactive, restless, has trouble settling down.
    91. Playful, puppyish, boisterous.
    92. Active, energetic, always on the go.
    93. Stares intently at nothing visible.
    94. Snaps at (invisible) flies.
    95. Chases own tail/hind end.
    96. Chases/follows shadows, light spots, etc.
    97. Barks persistently when alarmed or excited.
    98. Licks him/herself excessively.
    99. Licks people or objects excessively.
    100. Displays other bizarre, strange, or repetitive behavior(s) *
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