Affiliative and disciplinary behavior of human handlers during play with their dog affects cortisol concentrations in opposite directions

@article{Horvth2008AffiliativeAD,
  title={Affiliative and disciplinary behavior of human handlers during play with their dog affects cortisol concentrations in opposite directions},
  author={Zs. Horv{\'a}th and Antal D{\'o}ka and {\'A}d{\'a}m Mikl{\'o}si},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
  year={2008},
  volume={54},
  pages={107-114}
}
It has been shown that cortisol concentrations change characteristically in the course of agonistic interactions; our aim was to find out how a playful situation may affect concentrations of this hormone in the saliva. We studied dogs' behavior and the changes of cortisol concentrations in a play situation, where the dogs played with their handler for 3 min with a tug toy. In this experiment working dogs were divided into two groups by the type of their work, namely police dogs and border guard… 

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