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Development and validation of a psychometric tool for assessing impulsivity in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris)

By Hannah Wright, Daniel Mills and Petra Pollux


Impulsivity is a trait that has received much attention in humans, but in dogs impulsivity is illdefined,and previous studies have tended to focus on aggression, rather than its more pervasive effect on behavior. The objective of this study was to develop a valid psychometric assessment tool\ud of impulsivity in dogs. An owner report questionnaire was constructed using items generated by a survey of experts. Five hundred and seventy one dog owners returned the questionnaire and data were subjected to principal components analysis, revealing a three-factor structure: Factor 1: Behavioral Regulation, Factor 2: Aggression & Response to Novelty, and Factor 3: Responsiveness. The\ud resulting Dog Impulsivity Assessment Scale comprised of 18 items demonstrated evidence of reliability and validity

Topics: C800 Psychology, C850 Cognitive Psychology, D300 Animal Science
Publisher: International Society for Comparative Psychology / Directory of Open Access Journals
Year: 2011
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