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Effects of exercise and human contact on animal welfare in a dog shelter.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21862471     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of the study is to investigate the reduction of stress in dogs in municipal shelters through easy-to-implement activities, ie, 25-minute sessions of exercise and human contact, that do not require a significant investment in terms of funding, staff or time. The results demonstrate that the dogs taking part in these sessions have lower salivary cortisol levels (F=121.42; P<0.05) and achieve better scores on a behaviour test (t(17)=4.27; P=0.001). It can therefore be affirmed that the exercise and human contact protocol proposed in the present study diminishes stress and improves the welfare of dogs housed in shelters.
D J Menor-Campos; J M Molleda-Carbonell; R López-Rodríguez
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-08-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary record     Volume:  169     ISSN:  2042-7670     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Rec.     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-10     Completed Date:  2011-12-27     Revised Date:  2012-05-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0031164     Medline TA:  Vet Rec     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  388     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine and Animal Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Rabanales University Campus, Córdoba E-14014, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Welfare*
Behavior, Animal / physiology
Bonding, Human-Pet*
Dogs / physiology,  psychology*
Hydrocortisone / analysis
Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology*,  psychology*
Saliva / chemistry
Stress, Psychological / psychology*
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Vet Rec. 2011 Oct 8;169(15):386-7   [PMID:  21984628 ]

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