- Topic: Behavior Evaluations
- Type: Peer Reviewed Research, Summary and Analysis
- Authors: Elizabeth Arps, Gary Patronek, Janis Bradley
Summary and Analysis: This paper is included because it comprehensively evaluates every study to date that has made validity, and/or reliability, and/or predictive ability claims about animal shelter canine behavior evaluations.
This study examined the accuracy of reports on nonclinical issues (e.g., dog behavior) in published papers on dog bite injuries authored by human health care professionals.
Using a detailed hypothetical with statistics drawn from the canine literature, the authors explain why behavior evaluations are “no better than flipping a coin.”
This paper covers a 10-year period (2000-2009) of all DBRFs across the entire U.S., and employs the most comprehensive methodology and scope in the literature.