Data for: An Investigation into the Impact of Pre-Adolescent Training on Canine Behavior

Published: 25 February 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/8zxcr7mdz2.1
Ian Dinwoodie


An online survey about puppy training was sent to members of the Center for Canine Behavior Studies and posted on our social media platforms. Sixty hundred and forty-one (641) qualifying owners provided information on 1023 dogs. About half (48%) of the dogs involved in the study attended puppy training and the balance (52%) did not (the control group). The goal of the study was to find out whether puppy training at various ages (<3 months, 4 months, 4-6 months) helped prevent behavior problems later in life (> 1 year). It was found that puppy training classes at any age up to 6 months of age were beneficial in reducing the odds of a dog developing aggression, compulsive behavior, excessive barking, and destructive behavior. Reward-based training methods were employed in 89% of dogs attending puppy training classes. A variety of restraining devices were employed in most puppies attending training classes, some of which could be considered punitive. Demographics of behavior problems in all 1023 dogs produced some expected and some unexpected results. This Mendeley dataset includes: * The raw dog and dog-owner datasets in CSV format. * A link the GitHub repository where analysis was performed.


Steps to reproduce

The analysis for the dataset was performed in a public GitHub repository ( Steps to reproduce the findings are available in the repository.


Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine


Canine Behavior, Veterinary Behavior, Canine Aggression, Canine Behavioral Development, Compulsive Behavior