Dogs likely to be angrier when walked by men not women
A new study by scientists in the city of Brno, Czech Republic have found that dogs walked by men are more likely to bite other dogs and that being kept on a leash can make the dog more angry.
Researchers at the Mendel University carried out the study where they were testing how well dogs behaved during walks. They looked into the dog’s age, sex and size and also the dogs owner and weather or not the dog was on a lead.
They also studied the time of the day that the dog was being walked whether it was afternoon or morning. Overall it consisted of over 2000 dogs walking around Brno in thirty different areas of the city. The strangest finding of all that when dogs had a male owner walking it then they would be more inclined to be vicous and try to attack other dogs. There is believed to be a sense of communication between dogs and their owners where dogs sort of mimic the behaviours of their owners which could explain why with men they are more likely to be angry.
A professor Petr Rezac leading the study said 'We propose that the occurrence of threat and biting in dogs on a walk may have some connection with aggressive tendencies and/or impulsiveness in people,'
'Dogs are able to perceive subtle messages of threat emitted by another dog. Simultaneously, dogs are unusually skilled at reading human social and communicative behaviour.'
Interstingly dogs were considered more frustrated when on a lead. For example two dogs would threaten each other more than when free from the lead. An explanation for this was given by Inga Fricke, director of the Humane Society of the United States who said that 'This is most likely a reflection of the frustration dogs feel when the leash prohibits them from expressing normal greeting behaviours,'
It is what can be known as 'leash frustration' or 'leash aggression and dogs do not liked to be stopped from the freedom to run around. It may be that with dogs being on a leash they feel they are more inclined to guard their owners which could explain the aggressive behaviour.
Unsurprisingly the study also found that dogs enjoy sniffing each other particularly the opposite sexes who are very interested in each other. Furthermore Discovery summed up the other findings of the study being “Other expected conclusions: males sniff females more often, males and females prefer play with each other than with members of their own sex, adult males mark the most, puppies play together more than twice as often as adults and 11 times as often as seniors, and dogs prefer to play with similarly sized individuals.”
It is a study that could provide useful insight especially as currently the UK is debating strongly about the actions of what to do with dangerous dogs and their owners.