Behavioural, physiological and inertial data from the Assistance Dog Test Battery for training/working outcome prediction

Published: 29 February 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/5mzfpt455r.1
Marinara Marcato


The Assistance Dog Test Battery (ADTB) was developed to estimate the suitability of apprentice dogs for assistance work. This repository contains data from two data collections which took place at 3 weeks (DC1) and 10 weeks (DC2) after the start of formal training, including behavioral, inertial, cardiac and respiratory data. The main research hypothesis investigated was whether the behaviour recorded using the ADTB protocol could predict training/working outcome in apprentice assistance using machine learning techniques. (REFERENCE TO THIS PAPER) describes the methodology and results achieved from the behavioural data (ethogram) analysis, in particular, the data collection, data analysis and modelling techniques used. Working outcomes were predicted using the ADTB ethogram markings from DC1 and DC2 with a ROC of 0.74 and 0.84, respectively. The classification performance achieved by DC2 is significantly higher than previously published studies. Although only the relationship between behaviours marked according to the ethogram was analysed, additional inertial and physiological data were recorded. Hence, it is recommended for researchers and practitioners apply different machine learning techniques to investigate the potential use of the following data to predict future outcomes: - Behavioural data: ethogram marking data which quantifies certain reactions to stimuli (similar to research presented by [Marcato2022]( - Inertial data: accelerometer and gyroscope data (similar to [Mealin2020]( - Cardiac data: R-to-R intervals as recorded by the Polar H10 (Polar Electro Oy, Kempele, Finland), as well as R-to-R intervals and ECG Bioharness 3 (Zephyr Technology, Annapolis, MD, USA) devices (similar to [Mealin2019]( - Respiratory data: breathing measures acquired by the Bioharness 3 device. This has not been investigated before to my knowledge. A detailed description of the data provided in this repository is presented in the readme file. The authors of this dataset request researchers to cite this publication when using the data and publishing results produced using it. Ethical approval has been granted by Animal Ethics Experimentation Committee (AEEC) and Social Research Ethics Committee (SREC) at University College Cork (UCC). This publication has emanated from research supported in part by a grant from The Ireland-Wales INTERREG Programme under the CALIN project [PG; grant number 80885;], from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) [PG, BO; grant number 12/RC/2289-P2;]; from SFI and Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine [PG, BO; grant number 16/RC/3835;,].



Tyndall National Institute


Animal Behavior, Heart Rate Variability, Heart Rate, Assistance Dog Behavior, Working Dog, Physiological Measurement, Inertial Fusion, Ethogram, ECG Database