The Monash scale assesses how the nature of the relationship between companion dogs and their owners has a significant impact on the effect of life for both the dog and the owner
The identification of the factors that affect the relationship between the dog and the owner will help to understand how the best relationship is achieved and how the relationship that is not so good is repaired, with potential benefits for the well-being of both species. This is what the scale of Monash tries to clarify.
In the present study, the effect of various characteristics of the dog and the owner including the personality of the dog, is investigated in the dog-owner relationship , as measured by the Relationship Scale between the owner of the Monash dog (MDORS).
What does the Monash scale look like? What are the 28 items?
Three ratings: Perceived Emotional Closeness, Owner-Dog Interaction and Perceived Cost
On these 28 questions:  1. How often do you play with your dog?
2. How often does your dog accompany you when you visit other people?
3. How often do you give food rewards to your dog?
4. How often do you kiss your dog?
5. How often do you take your dog in your car?
6. How often do you hug your dog?
7. How often do you buy things for your dog (gifts, toys, etc.)
8. How often is your dog with you at leisure (for example, while watching television)?
9. How often do you brush your dog?
10. "My dog helps me in bad times"
11. "My dog is always there when I need comfort"
12. "I want my dog to be with me all the time"
13. "My dog gives me constant company"
14. "If everyone abandoned me, my dog would always be there for me"
15. "My dog gives me a reason to get up in the morning"
16. "I wish my dog and I never had to separate"
17. "My dog is constantly watching me"
18. How often do you tell your dog things that you do not tell anyone else?
19 How do you think it will be for you when your dog dies?
20. Do you feel that caring for your dog is a difficult job?
21. "It's annoying that sometimes I have to change my plans because of the dog"
22. "For my dog I stopped doing things I enjoyed doing before I got it"
23. "There are important things related to having a dog that I do not like"
24. How often does your dog limit you to things you want to do?
25 "My dog causes a lot of disorder"
26. "I spend a lot of money on my dog"
27. How hard is it to take care of your dog?
28. How often do you feel that having a dog is more of a cost than a benefit?
The data was collected inviting dog owners who had been tested in the Danish dog mentality assessment (DMA) to answer an online questionnaire.
421 owner responses were analyzed with the results of their dog's DMA tests . The questionnaire consisted of the 28 items of the MDORS, as well as questions about the owners and their dogs.
Using the factorial analysis, 5 personality traits of the dog could be derived from the results of the dog tests in the WFD.
The predictive value of the dog and owner variables based on the questionnaire and the 5 personality traits of the dog in the dog-owner relationship were tested by multiple linear regressions: 1 for each of the 3 subscales of MDORS.
In general, the variables investigated using the Monash scale only predicted a small proportion of the variance in the MDORS scores (Monash scale), and the characteristics of the owner seemed to influence the dog-owner relationship more than the traits of dog personality.
Researchers discovered that the presence of children in the family and the presence of the dog only per company is aban negatively associated with the perception of the owners in the relationship with their dogs.
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