Behavior, Stress and Respiratory Disease in Shelter Dogs

Dr. Alexandra Protopopova, Dr. Nathan Hall (Texas Tech) and Dr. Jessica Hekman (University of Illinois) will talk about their current project correlating behavior, physiologic measurements of stress, and respiratory disease in shelter dogs. They will talk specifically about their methods – how exactly do you measure behavior, stress, and respiratory disease (three fuzzy concepts) for a scientific paper? They will leave time for questions, so come ready to talk about current trends in dog research!

The Chat is now completed and the replay link is posted at the bottom of the page for those purchasing it.

Here’s what live attendees said about the Chat –

“Great presenters and pertinent information. It was great!” Dianne M.

“It was visually interesting, with the cameras and the slides. the presenters were also good at speaking clearly w/o becoming too technical. That was fantastic! Thanks so much. ” Kristi B.

“Thank you, interesting stuff!” Trish M.

“Excellent talk!” Julie H.

Here are the references discussed in the Chat –

Michael B Hennessy, Harry N Davis, Michael T Williams, Carolyn Mellott, Chet W Douglas, Plasma Cortisol Levels of Dogs at a County Animal Shelter. Physiology & Behavior, Volume 62, Issue 3, September 1997, Pages 485-490, ISSN 0031-9384,

Jessica P. Hekman, Alicia Z. Karas and Claire R. Sharp Psychogenic stress in hospitalized dogs: cross species comparisons, implications for health care, and the challenges of evaluation. Animals 4.2 (2014): 331-347.

Jessica P. Hekman, Alicia Z. Karas, Nancy A. Dreschel, Salivary cortisol concentrations and behavior in a population of healthy dogs hospitalized for elective procedures. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, Volume 141, Issues 3–4, November 2012, Pages 149-157, ISSN 0168-1591,

Here’s the link to the video lecture by Trish McMillan Loehr – “Sheltering the hard to shelter dog”

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