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Dog Owner Attitude Questionnaire (Rohlf et al., 2010)

by David Anderson on 07/16/15

Dog Owner Attitude Questionnaire (Rohlf et al., 2010)

Rohlf, Vanessa I.; Touksahti, Samia; Coleman, Grahame J.; Bennett, Pauleen C.

           Dog obesity: can dog caregivers' (owners') feeding and exercise intentions and behaviors be predicted from attitudes? Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 2010 Jul; 13(3): 213-236.

            DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10888705.2010.483871

            Abstract: Dog obesity is a common nutritional disorder affecting up to 40% of the companion animal (pet) dog population in Australia and other developed nations. A clear understanding of factors determining relevant caregiver (owner) behaviors underpins effective treatment for this disorder. The theory of planned behavior can be used to understand factors contributing to human behavior. This article describes research informed by this theory. The research examined relationships between owners' behavioral beliefs and barriers, normative beliefs and perceptions of control, owners' feeding and exercise behaviors toward their dogs, and the body condition scores (BCSs) of dogs. The study recruited a sample of 182 dog and owner dyads. The researcher independently assessed BCSs. Owners completed a questionnaire measuring relevant feeding and exercise beliefs and behaviors. This revealed significant correlations between many psychological variables and BCSs and between psychological variables and specific owner behaviors: for example, the relationship of low levels of intentions to feed appropriately to ambivalent beliefs toward feeding appropriately and low perceived control. Careful consideration of the specific variables identified will permit the development of more effective interventions.
            The Dog Owner Questionnaire was developed to assess beliefs toward feeding and exercise behaviors. The final version comprises three sections: pet and pet owner demographic information; nine items on the respondents’ feeding and exercise behaviors; and 66 items to elicit owners’ attitudes toward feeding and exercise behavior. Belief categories were designed to measure the constructs of Intentions, Behavioral beliefs, Perceived barriers, Normative beliefs and Control beliefs. A 7-point Likert scale was used. See p.217-218.
            Many of the survey questions are listed in the tables; the full Dog Owner Questionnaire is available from Rohlf, [email protected]. 


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