Replication Data: Investigating the Impact of Brief Outings on the Welfare of Dogs Living in US Shelters

Lisa M. Gunter, Rachel J. Gilchrist, Emily M. Blade, Rebecca T. Barber, Erica N Feuerbacher, JoAnna M. Platzer & Clive D. L. Wynne
Social isolation likely contributes to reduced welfare for shelter-living dogs. Several studies have established that time out of the kennel with a person can improve dogs’ behavior and reduce physiological measures of stress. This study assessed the effects of two-and-a-half-hour outings on the urinary cortisol levels and activity of dogs as they awaited adoption at four animal shel-ters. Dogs’ urine was collected before and after outings for cortisol:creatinine analysis, and ac-celerometer devices were used to...
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