Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11970
Title: Cortisol levels in hair reflect behavioural reactivity of dogs to acoustic stimuli
Contributor(s): Siniscalchi, Marcello (author); McFarlane, James R (author)orcid ; Kauter, Kate (author); Quaranta, Angelo (author); Rogers, Lesley  (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2012.02.017
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11970
Abstract: Cortisol levels in hair samples were examined in fourteen domestic dogs and related to the dogs' responses to different acoustic stimuli. Stimuli were playbacks of species-typical vocalizations recorded during three different situations ("disturbance", "isolation" and "play" barks) and the sounds of a thunderstorm. Hair samples were collected at 9:00 h and 17:00 h two weeks after the behavioural tests. Results showed that behavioural reactivity to playback of the various stimuli correlates with cortisol levels in hair samples collected at 9:00 h, and the same was the case for the separate measures of behaviour (i.e. hiding, running away, seeking attention from the tester, panting and lowering of the body posture). Hence, levels of cortisol in hair appear to reflect the dog's chronic state of emotional reactivity, or temperament.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Research in Veterinary Science, 94(1), p. 49-54
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0034-5288
1532-2661
Field of Research (FOR): 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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