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Animals, Volume 10, Issue 4 (April 2020) – 206 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Human presence and handling affect the behavior and physiology of other animals, typically causing [...] Read more. Human presence and handling affect the behavior and physiology of other animals, typically causing fear, increased vigilance, and stress; such effects have been found in diverse settings (e.g., zoos, research laboratories, farms, and in the wild) and can vary with familiarity and sex. Domestic dogs are unusual in that contact with humans often reduces behavioral and physiological correlates of stress. Nevertheless, there is evidence that dogs respond differently to unfamiliar men and women, which could affect the results of behavioral and physiological research with dogs, as well as results of canine behavioral evaluations at animal shelters. In this paper, we show how the sex of an unfamiliar walker influences the scent-marking behavior of shelter dogs. (The cover photograph was taken by Katherine E. Bemis.) View this page