Stress might be one of the most common reasons for abnormal behaviour and lack of welfare among dogs. This course addresses the topic of stress all from the very smallest hormon particle in the dogs body to the highly harmful stereotypic behaviours that they can perform. After going through the mental and physiological consequences of stress in dogs, the course tie it all together with the issue of human impact on stress in dogs, what we can do and how to do it.
When completed this course you..
..know what happens in the dogs’ body during stress
..know how to recognise both obvious and subtile stress behaviours
..can identify which scale of stress your dog is experiencing
..know when and how you as dog owner can have a positive impact on stress in your dog
PRINTABLE WORKBOOK INCLUDED!
Students with passing grade of 75% in final exam will access a personal printable certificate of achievement.
References used in this course:
Beerda, B., Schilder, M.B.H., van Hooff, J.A.R.A.M., de Vries, H.W. & Mol, J.A. (2000). Behavioural and Hormonal Indicators of Enduring Environmental Stress in Dogs. Animal Welfare, 9, 49-62.
Clubb, R. & Vickery, S. (2006). Locomotory Stereotypies in Carnivores: Does Pacing Stem from Hunting, Ranging or Frustrated Escape? In G. Mason (Ed.), Stereotypic Animal Behaviour, Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare (2nd ed.) (pp. 58-85). CAB International.
Denham, H., Bradshaw, J. & Rooney, N. (2014). Repetitive behaviour in kennelled domestic dog: Stereotypical or not? Physiology and Behavior, 128, 288-294 doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.01.007
Gaines, S.A. (2008) Kennelled dog welfare – effects of housing and husbandry; PhD, University of Bristol.
Hubrecht, R., Wickens, S. & Kirkwood, J. (2017). The welfare of dogs in human care. In: J. Serpell (Ed.), The Domestic Dog – Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People (2nd ed.) (pp. 271-299). Cambridge University Press.
Jensen, P. (2007). Mechanisms and Function in Dog Behaviour. In: P. Jensen (Ed.), The Behavioural Biology of Dogs (pp. 61-75). CAB International.
Keeling, L. & Jensen, P. (2017). Abnormal Behaviour, Stress and Welfare. In P. Jensen (Ed.), The Ethology of Domestic Animals, an Introductory Text (3rd ed.) (pp. 119-134). CAB International.
Manning, A. & Stamp Dawkins, M. (2012). An Introduction to Animal Behaviour (6th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Mariti, C., Gazzano, A., Moore, J. L., Baragli, P., Chelli, L. & Sighieri, C. (2012). Perception of dogs’ stress by their owners. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 7, 213-219.
Mason, G.J. & Latham N.R. (2004). Can’t stop, won’t stop: is stereotypy a reliable animal welfare indicator? Animal Welfare, 13, 57-69.
Miklósi, A. (2007). Dog behaviour, evolution and cognition. Cambridge University Press.
Mormède, P et al. (2007). Exploration of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal function as a tool to evaluate animal welfare. Physiology and Behavior, 92, 317-399.
Rugaas, T. (2006). On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals (2nd ed.). Dogwise Publishing: Wenatchee.
Svartberg, K. (2006). Breed-typical behaviour in dogs – Historical remnants or recent constructs? Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 96, 293-313.
- Lectures 29
- Quizzes 6
- Duration 12 weeks
- Skill level Intermediate
- Language English
- Students 15
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self
What is stress? The Stress Physiology chapter adresses the most vital stress functions and their purpose in our dogs' bodies.
What Stresses a Dog?
Why do dogs get stressed? The What Stresses a Dog chapter provides you with a wide range of, more or less obvious, causes for stress in dogs.
How do we know if our dog is stressed? Some of the dogs stress behaviours are obvious and well known. Other are subtle and often hard to recognise. And are all kinds of stress bad for our dogs?
Human Impact on Stress in Dogs
Can we influence the levels of stress in our dogs? The Human Impact on Stress in Dogs chapter targets breeding, routines and reinforcement as causes, as well as tools, for stress coping in our dogs.
Stress Analysis and Curing
How do we help our stressed dogs? The previous chapters provided you with a wide range of knowledge about stress. Now it's time to get to work with your own dogs!
The Final Exam is built on the pre-quizzes from each and every chapter. To pass the final exam you need to reach a result of 75% right answers.
great course!I agree with Anita, this course was really an eye-opener. For me as a new dogowner I learned a lot. Confrimation that im doing something right, understanding my dogs behaviour better and insights in what my dog and I need to work on. All this from this course that was both interesting and easy to follow and interactive with reflecting questions and quizzes!
Anita van Steijn
A must-follow-course for every dog-owner!The lessons are clearly structured and presented with easy-to-follow video's. Marlene gives you the opportunity to dive deeper into the subjects by sharing studies and external video's. You can also test your knowledge with intermediate tests. Those courses are highly recommended for every dog-owner, not only mushers, and for sure an eye-opener!