Development of a breeding program for drug detector dogs: based on studies of a breeding population of guide dogs
AuthorChampness, Kathryn Anne
AffiliationLand and Food Resources
Department of Agriculture and Resource Management
Document TypePhD thesis
CitationsChampness, K. A. (1996). Development of a breeding program for drug detector dogs: based on studies of a breeding population of guide dogs, PhD thesis, Department of Agriculture and Resource Management, The University of Melbourne.
Access StatusOpen Access
Deposited with permission of the author. © 1996 Dr. Kathryn Anne Champness.
A joint research project was undertaken by the Australian Customs Service (Customs),Royal Guide Dogs Associations of Australia (RGDAA) and The University of Melbourne. The aims were to establish a breeding program for Drug Detector Dogs(Detector Dogs) and to further improve the RGDAA breeding program. Behavioural studies were conducted on the RGDAA breeding population of Labradors(Guide Dog population) and a ‘trial’ breeding population was established by Customs during the research (Detector Dog population). We defined traits important for success as a Detector Dog and designed an aptitude test (CRR test) to measure the traits. We found some sex differences for individual traits within the combined Guide Dog and Detector Dog populations. However, no sex difference was observed in terms of overall performance. Within the Detector Dog population, dogs selected to start a Detector Dog training course performed significantly better on the CRR test than dogs not selected to start a course. (For complete abstract open document)
Keywordsworking dogs; breeding; working dogs; training
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