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 […]

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 […]

Can therapy dogs assist in motivating children on the autism spectrum?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the most widely and deeply researched topics in child development as researchers constantly look for answers into not only its cause but the best way to treat the problematic symptoms of the disorder once diagnosed. Effects of the various types of ASD include deficits in social communication and […]

Genome of fiercely protective Fonni’s Dog reflects human history of Sardinia

A genomic analysis of 28 dog breeds has traced the genetic history of the remarkable Fonni’s Dog, a herd guardian endemic to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. The results, published in the journal GENETICS, reveal that the regional variety has developed into a true breed through unregulated selection for its distinctive behavior, and that its […]

Canine hyperactivity reflected in the blood count

CREDIT: FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI Professor Hannes Lohi’s research group at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Research Centre has studied the blood count of hyperactive and impulsive dogs, together with the LC-MS Metabolomics Centre of Biocentre Kuopio (University of Eastern Finland). The results indicate that the metabolites of phospholipids, tryptophan, […]

Study provides dog germ control measures for group settings.

Written by: Misti Crane, 614-292-5220; Crane.11@osu.edu Dogs aren’t exactly famous for their personal hygiene or for maintaining a respectful distance from their canine pals. With a nuzzle, a shared ball or a bark, a dog battling a bug can easily pass it to others and, in some cases, people. This becomes especially worrisome in group settings, […]