Cortisol levels in hair reflect behavioural reactivity of dogs to acoustic stimuli

Siniscalchi, M. and McFarlane, J. R. and Kauter, K. G. and Quaranta, A. and Rogers, L. J. (2013) Cortisol levels in hair reflect behavioural reactivity of dogs to acoustic stimuli. Research in Veterinary Science, 94 (1). pp. 49-54. ISSN 0034-5288

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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 00:02
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 00:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: dogs; behaviour; cortisol; hair; acoustic stimuli
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070706 Veterinary Medicine
06 Biological Sciences > 0606 Physiology > 060603 Animal Physiology - Systems
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070702 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2012.02.017
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28892

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