Differences in Trait Impulsivity Indicate Diversification of Dog Breeds into Working and Show Lines

A study published this month in Scientific Reports examines impulsivity across Border Collies and Labs bred either for show or for work. Abstract Impulsiveness describes the inability to inhibit behaviour in the presence of salient cues. Trait-level impulsivity exists on a continuum and individual differences can be adaptive in...

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ACVB Announcement

Dr. Jaak Panksepp is our keynote speaker! The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) is excited to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s Behavior Symposium is Dr. Jaak Panksepp, neuroscientist, psychobiologist, and author of the well known text Affective Neuroscience and other texts on biological psychology.   Don’t miss...

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Abstract: Evaluation of plasma cortisol levels and behavior in dogs wearing bark control collars

Steiss, J.E., Schaffer, C., Ahmad, H.A., & Voith, V. L. (2007). Evaluation of plasma cortisol levels and behavior in dogs wearing bark control collars. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 106, 96-106. Abstract On Week -1, 24 healthy mixed breed kennel dogs were screened by physical examination, complete blood count, serum biochemistry,...

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Abstract: Effects of surgical and chemical sterilization on the behavior of free-roaming male dogs

A recent study by E. Garde, G.E. Pérez, R Vanderstichel, P.F. Dalla Villa, and J.A. Serpell and published in November 2015 in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, furthers our understanding of the behavioral effects of sterilization. The study’s abstract is presented here. Population management of free-roaming domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)...

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