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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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, […]

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