Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study attempted to measure social approachability, social interactions, and tolerance levels of other people towards another person depending upon the presence of a dog was conducted. The study itself was divided into two parts. Part one measured the amount of approaches and social interactions made by other people towards a confederate when she was accompanied by a dog versus if a dog did not accompany her. The results indicate that there was a significant increase in social approachability and social interactions when being accompanied by a dog versus not being accompanied by a dog. Part two of the study measured tolerance levels of other people towards the confederate when she was accompanied by a dog versus when she was not accompanied by a dog. To test other people's tolerance levels, the confederate pretended to be promoting a bogus religious organization. This part of the study questioned if there would be any significant difference in tolerance levels of other peoples depending upon the presence of a dog. The amount of time that people were willing to listen was also measured. Results indicate people were significantly more tolerant, willing to listen longer, and more polite when being accompanied by a dog versus not being accompanied by a dog.
BF1 .M63 v. 8 no. 1 2001
Lawson, Darla J.
"The correlation of social approachability, social interaction, and tolerance levels depending on the presence of a dog,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 8
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol8/iss1/7