Stressed out? Your dog may feel it too, according to study

Henrietta Strickland
Июня 9, 2019

So "factual be with your dog and rejoice", Roth mentioned.

Roth says she would like to do follow-up studies looking at more dog breeds - this research focused on border collies and Shetland sheepdogs.

The research team from the University of Linkoping in Sweden also had each participating dog owner - all of whom were women - complete a battery of questionnaires that measured not only their own personality traits, but the temperament of their dogs.

Border collies were used as part of the study.

Cortisol is a measure of physiological stress, which can be raised during mental distress.

Buttner said cortisol levels do not necessarily indicate "bad" stress.

To detect stress, each pair's hair cortisol concentrations (HCC) were analyzed in both the summer and winter, as levels can be impacted by seasonal changes. Surprisingly, they didn't find that dog personality, training or exercise had a strong effect on canine cortisol levels. Why is it that dogs are more likely to mirror the behavior of humans rather than the other way around? It was, however, influenced by owner personality.

While it might sound counterintuitive, researchers found that owners who ranked high in openness and conscientiousness tended to have dogs with elevated levels of the stress hormones. But she said this study is the first to demonstrate something something similar with long-term stress. All of the dogs lived indoors with their owners.

Owner neuroticism, on the other hand, was associated with lower concentrations of the stress hormone in dogs.

It is a little more hard to see the connection between being conscientious and having a more stressed male dog, but it probably depends on the form that the trait takes. This study suggests pet owners may also want to consider managing their own stress to help their dogs.

Human breakups can affect dogs too.

'Those wolves that were tamer and less aggressive would have been more successful at this, and while the humans did not initially gain any kind of benefit from this process, over time they would have developed some kind of symbiotic [mutually beneficial] relationship with these animals, eventually evolving into the dogs we see today'. Now it appears they start to feel like them too.

Like many animals, we can share diseases with our dogs such as the superbug MRSA and Q Fever. What's more, dog bites are an issue of increasing importance to society. The same was true of dogs engaged in competitive agility and other intensive training activities compared to dogs that served strictly as companions. In 2016, James Burkett at Emory University in Atlanta showed that monogamous prairie voles would react to a stressed partner by ramping up their own stress levels and grooming them more.

But she mentioned there isn't ample evidence to determine that the influence goes ideal one manner; it would possibly well well match every concepts.

Why cortisol levels between owners and their dogs become synced is still unclear.

One big question: Could dogs also influence human stress levels over time? One who tries to be more conscientious about how they look after the dog may have more rules and be less flexible about allowing the dog to have some freedom of choice in its life, which can be a factor in increased stress levels, but it is impossible to draw conclusions without a more detailed definition of "conscientious".

Bronwyn Orr is a board member of the Australian Veterinary Association. She is also interested in how owner gender might influence the results.

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