Monash Dog Owner Relationship Scale (MDORS) (Dwyer, Bennett and Coleman, 2006) : Updating the Human-Animal Bond

Monash Dog Owner Relationship Scale (MDORS) (Dwyer, Bennett and Coleman, 2006)

by David Anderson on 01/06/15

Dwyer, Fleur; Bennett, Pauleen C; Coleman, Grahame J.

Development of the Monash Dog Owner Relationship Scale (MDORS). Anthrozoös, 19(3) 2006:243-56.

Tables 1 and 2 are Parts 1 and 2 of the MDORS, and appear on p.250 and 251, respectively. A five point Likert scale is used.

See also the description of Dwyer’s thesis on the Monash University Department of Psychology website, (accessed 10 June 2004).


Used in:

Bennett, Pauleen Charmayne; Rohlf, Vanessa Ilse.

Owner-companion dog interactions: relationships between demographic variables, potentially problematic behaviours, training engagement and shared activities. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 2007 Jan; 102(1-2): 65-84.

The items in the new questionnaire, which consist of Section B, the nine-item interaction subscale, demographic questions and three additional items, are listed in Table 1, p.68.


Handlin, Linda, Nilsson, Anne, Ejdebäck, Mikael, Hydbring-Sandberg, Eva; Uvnäs-Moberg, Kerstin.

Associations between the psychological characteristics of the human-dog relationship and oxytocin and cortisol levels. Anthrozoös. 2012 Jun; 25(2): 215-228.


Meyer, Iben; Forkman, Björn.

Dog and owner characteristics affecting the dog-owner relationship. Journal of Veterinary Behavior. 2014 Jul-Aug; 9(4): 143-150.


Abstract: The nature of the relationship between companion dogs and their owners has important impact on the effect of life for both dog and owner. Identifying factors that affect the dog-owner relationship will assist the understanding of how the successful relationship is achieved and how the less successful relationship is mended, with potential benefits for the welfare of both species. In the present study, we investigated the effect of several dog and owner characteristics, including the personality of the dog, on the dog-owner relationship as measured by the Monash Dog Owner Relationship Scale (MDORS). Data were collected by inviting owners of dogs that had been tested on the Danish Dog Mentality Assessment (DMA) to answer an online questionnaire. We were able to match 421 owner answers with their dogs’ DMA test results. The questionnaire consisted of the 28 items of the MDORS, as well as questions about the owners and their dogs. Using factor analysis, 5 dog personality traits could be derived from the dogs’ test results on the DMA. The predictive value of questionnaire-based owner and dog variables and the 5 dog personality traits on the dog-owner relationship was tested using multiple linear regressions: 1 for each of the 3 subscales of the MDORS. Overall, the variables investigated only predicted a small proportion of the variance in MDORS scores, and owner characteristics appeared to influence the dog-owner relationship more than dog personality traits did. We found that children in the family and using the dog only for company were negatively associated with the owners’ perception of the relationship with their dogs. The only dog characteristics to predict the dog-owner relationship were fearfulness and fear-related behavior problems.

Correspondence to Meyer, Department of Large Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Groennegaardsvej 8, Frederiksberg 1870, Denmark; [email protected].

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