Quality of Life assessment tools – Temperament and behaviour tests

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3.e. Temperament and behaviour tests

Published 31 August 2021 | Updated 16 February

While the assessment of temperament and behaviour may not seem directly related to quality of life, assessment to ensure that the animal is suited to the environment and role expected and the high prevalence of “behaviour problems in dogs” make it appropriate to include here.

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