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Resilience In Dogs? Lessons From Other Species

Authors Tiira K

Received 30 June 2019

Accepted for publication 15 October 2019

Published 15 November 2019 Volume 2019:10 Pages 159—168

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/VMRR.S189566

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Melinda Thomas

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Young Lyoo


Katriina Tiira1,2

1SmartDOG, Riihimäki 11130, Finland; 2Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Correspondence: Katriina Tiira
Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, University of Helsinki, PO Box 57, Helsinki FI-00014, Finland
Email Katriina.tiira@helsinki.fi

Abstract: What are the key factors of psychological resilience in dogs? Why do some individuals recover swiftly from neglect, abuse or several years of harsh kennel environments, while some seem to be permanently traumatized by much milder adverse experiences? Resilience is a concept seldom discussed in canine studies; however, many studies have identified risk factors (both environmental and genetic) for developing anxieties, aggression or other behavioral problems. These studies also indicate several factors that may act as protective agents against life adversities. In this paper, I will present some of the most commonly identified key factors of resilience in other species and discuss what has been found in dogs. This paper is an attempt to raise focus on the positive key factors in a dog’s life that are important for dog welfare, a healthy psychological outcome and are also important building blocks of a happy and well-behaving pet.

Keywords: resilience, dog, stress

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