Cortisol and behavioral responses of working dogs to environmental challenges

This paper’s primary objective is to analyse the physiological (cortisol) and behavioral responses of military working dogs (MWD). Dogs (N = 27) were submitted twice to environmental challenges (challenge 1 and 2, 20 days in-between) composed of social (training), visual (mobile toy car) and auditory (air blast) stimuli. Cortisol levels decreased back to the baseline […]

Early experiences modulate stress coping in a population of German shepherd dogs

Abstract Early experiences may alter later behavioural expressions in animals and these differences can be consistent through adulthood. In dogs, this may have a profound impact on welfare and working ability and, it is therefore interesting to evaluate how experiences during the first weeks of life contribute to shaping the long-term behaviour. We analysed data […]

Causes of loss or retirement from active duty for New Zealand police German shepherd dogs

The aim of this study was to determine the causes of loss from active duty amongst German shepherd dogs in service with the New Zealand Police Dog Section. Current or previous police dog handlers (n = 149) completed a postal survey for each dog they had worked with during their career including their current dog. […]

Labrador retrievers are more attracted to water than to social stimuli: A pilot study

The Labrador retriever is a breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris/Canis familiaris) of great importance to our current society. This breed was selected to be an excellent water dog and to work with fishermen. Because of its origins, the popular belief is that Labrador retrievers are “keen water lovers.” However, the extent to which […]