Separation Anxiety, Attachment, and Sensory Status: Are Deaf Dogs More Attached to Their Human?
Traditionally, the American Kennel Club (AKC) and breed specific clubs (Dalmation Club of America; Australian Shepherd Club of America) advocated the immediate euthanasia of HVI dogs. Folklore held that these dogs were untrainable, aggressive and made poor family pets (Strain, 2011). Research in our lab (Farmer-Dougan, et al., 2014; Farmer-Dougan, 2017) has shown that these dogs can, indeed, be trained. As a result, the AKC and breed clubs have started to change their policies. However, little is known about the appropriate way to train these dogs, or how and why behavior problems may develop that are specific to this population. Our research suggest that these dogs may be more prone to higher attachment and separation anxiety. The present project will examine the form of attachment and behaivors related to the three main attachment types. Understanding differences in attachment between HVI and NHV dogs, if they exist, will allow trainers and behaviorists to develop improved training and intervention methods.
Gavin, Jennifer; Berenbaum, Antonia; Vazquez, Ashley; Curcio, Heather; Samolinski, Keegan; and Penna, Sydney, "Separation Anxiety, Attachment, and Sensory Status: Are Deaf Dogs More Attached to Their Human?" (2018). University Research Symposium. 62.