Explaining Life to the Little One

This morning I woke up to our 3-legged cat, Freddy, attacking something in our bedroom.  Unfortunately,and it defies logic how he accomplished this, the “something” was a young songbird. In my just-woke-up stupor, I managed to get the bird away from him and it seemed that there were no life-threatening injuries. Woke up to this […]

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Factors Determining the Effects of Human Interaction on the Cortisol Levels of Shelter Dogs

To access full study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159116303185 Highlights •Petting shelter dogs repeatedly reduced cortisol and behavioral signs of stress. •Plasma cortisol was reduced as much with 15 min of petting as with 30 min. •Cortisol levels increased when dogs were returned to their kennels. •Petting reduced cortisol in strays but not dogs relinquished by owners Abstract The stress experienced by […]

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Scent marking in shelter dogs: Effects of body size

To access full study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159116303173 Highlights •Scent marking allows communication without direct interaction. •Most evidence indicates more frequent marking by more competitive individuals. •We scored scent-marking behavior of 281 shelter dogs that varied in body size. •Small dogs urinated at higher rates and directed more urinations than did large dogs. •We suggest small dogs prefer […]

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