Behavioural and glucocorticoid responses of dogs (Canis familiaris) to kennelling: Investigating mitigation of stress by prior habituation

Short Synopsis: Creatine/cortisol ratios are useful for measuring acute stress in dogs. Researchers wanted to see how habituation to an environment could reduce acute stress for dogs in a kennel environment. They took 31 1-year-old male Labrador Retrievers and habituated half of them to a kennel environment. This was a long, careful process of introducing young puppies to crates and eventually …