Restraint Stress

Whether we are talking about zoo animals or our own pets, blood collection usually involves restraint. Forcible restraint is a stressful experience (for dog and handler), it can produce a fearful response which often results in defensive aggression. While the resulting behavior is what we see, there is also a complex biochemical cascade that accompanies…

Dogs Walking in the Woods Scares off Birds

Walking dogs through the woods displaces wildlife, resulting in decreased bird diversity and abundance. A walk through the woods with our faithful 4 legged companion….a familiar pastime shared by dog owners all over the world. And yet this seemingly idyllic activity is not without it’s ecological consequences. Researchers in Australia (Biol. Lett. 22 December 2007…