Levels of maternal care in dogs affect adult offspring temperament

  title={Levels of maternal care in dogs affect adult offspring temperament},
  author={Pernilla Foyer and Erik Wilsson and P. V. Jensen},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
Dog puppies are born in a state of large neural immaturity; therefore, the nervous system is sensitive to environmental influences early in life. In primates and rodents, early experiences, such as maternal care, have been shown to have profound and lasting effects on the later behaviour and physiology of offspring. We hypothesised that this would also be the case for dogs with important implications for the breeding of working dogs. In the present study, variation in the mother-offspring… CONTINUE READING
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