Parallels in the interactive effect of highly sensitive personality and social factors on behaviour problems in dogs and humans

Bräm Dubé, Maya; Asher, Lucy; Würbel, Hanno; Riemer, Stefanie; Melotti, Luca (2020). Parallels in the interactive effect of highly sensitive personality and social factors on behaviour problems in dogs and humans. Scientific reports, 10(1), p. 5288. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41598-020-62094-9

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Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) is a personality trait in humans characterised by a tendency to process information deeply, to be easily overstimulated, and to have strong emotional responses and an enhanced sensitivity to subtle stimuli. A trait similar to SPS has recently been identified in dogs (“canine Sensory Processing Sensitivity”, cSPS). In children, this trait interacts with parenting factors to influence emotional and mental development, which in turn are linked to behaviour problems. Paralleling these findings in humans, we demonstrate that cSPS interacts with owner personality and use of aversive communication to influence the likelihood of behaviour problems in dogs. More behaviour problems were reported for more highly sensitive dogs per se, when there was a relative mismatch between owner and dog personality, and when use of “negative punishment” was reported. These findings indicate that a dog’s personality might moderate how an individual is affected by environmental factors, particularly owner personality and communication style, emphasising the importance of considering individuality in prevention, development and treatment of behaviour problems in dogs.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute > Animal Welfare Division
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Small Animal Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Bräm, Maya; Würbel, Hanno and Riemer, Stefanie

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

2045-2322

Publisher:

Springer Nature

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lilian Karin Smith-Wirth

Date Deposited:

14 Jul 2020 10:32

Last Modified:

13 Mar 2021 13:46

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/s41598-020-62094-9

PubMed ID:

32210263

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.145119

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/145119

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