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Stress and Enrichment

The shelter is a stressful environment so anything we can do to mitigate this stress increases the welfare of sheltered dogs. In addition, reducing stress may help decrease the chances of problem behaviors developing. Less stressed dogs often present well to adopters and so may be adopted more quickly. The first step is reliably and accurately diagnosing stress in a non-invasive way; the next is determining what enrichment techniques reduce stress and for which dogs.

 

 

Activity as a Measure of Stress

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