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Record number 559139
Title Rein sensor leash tension measurements in owner-dog dyads navigating a course with distractions
Author(s) Rombout van Herwijnen, Ineke; Borg, Joanne van der; Naguib, Marc; Beerda, Bonne
Source Journal of Veterinary Behavior 35 (2020). - ISSN 1558-7878 - p. 45 - 46.
Department(s) Behavioral Ecology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Keyword(s) dog - dog-owner relationship - leash pressure - rein sensor

Consistent owner-dog interaction patterns such as dog-directed parenting styles could reflect in the leash tension applied when walking a dog. Rein sensors are commonly used to measure tension applied to a horse's bit and our research aim was to evaluate the performance of this methodology for measuring leash tension. We evaluated the consistency of leash tension measurements in owner-dog dyads walking a food-distraction course and a more complex zigzag object-distraction course to confirm our prediction that the more challenging course would trigger increased leash tension. Leash tension sample points were averaged per owner-dog dyad per course, and we used restricted maximum likelihood to analyze leash tensions for effects of course difficulty and dog body weight. In 24 participating owner-dog dyads, leash tension was an average (±standard deviation) 18.29 ± 14.03 newtons. Leash tensions were 1.6 times higher (P < 0.001) during the more challenging second course than during the easier first one and variation between owner-dog dyads was consistent across the two courses (rank correlation of 0.63, P = 0.001, N = 24). Our findings support the usefulness of rein sensors for measuring leash tension, with potential applications in studies on the owner-dog relationship such as how leash exerted levels of control relate to dog-directed parenting styles.

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