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Training methods based on punishment compromise dog welfare

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  • Observing the behaviour of 92 dogs from 7 dog training schools, researchers found that dogs trained by punishing wrong behaviour are more stressed out.
  • They filmed dogs and tested their saliva for cortisol (stress hormone).
  • The findings indicate that dogs that were punished during training show more stress-related behaviours, and are more stressed after training.
  • It’s the first systematic investigation to prove that it’s better for the well-being of dogs when they’re trained through reward-based methods.

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