Identifying Behavioral Indicators of Welfare Using A Converging Evidence Model of Health, Physiological, & Cognitive Data
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With guest chatter Dr. Lisa Gunter, MA, PhD. CPDT-KA
Previous research has identified many stressors in the daily lives of shelter dogs, including but not limited to excessive noise, spatial restrictions, and loss of attachment figures. While prior studies have found behaviors that may be related to single physiological parameters, no study to-date has used a converging evidence model of multiple physiological, health, and cognitive measures to identify which behaviors of kenneled dogs are indicative of their welfare. In this presentation, Dr. Gunter will discuss the preliminary results of her research at Arizona Humane Society where we collected cortisol, metanephrines, heart rate, activity, and cognitive performance data on over sixty shelter dogs to determine these in-kennel behaviors.