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Study: Yelling at Dogs Leaves Them Scared for the Long Term

Study: Yelling at Dogs Leaves Them Scared for the Long Term
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By    |   Monday, 11 November 2019 11:39 AM

It’s easy to lose your cool when your pup has misbehaved, but new research has shown that yelling at your canine pal can have severe long-term negative effects on their mental states. They may end up scared, timid and pessimistic, according to a new study.

Leading a team of international researchers was biologist Ana Catarina Vieira de Castro from the Universidade do Porto in Portugal, who set out to determine whether she could prove previous studies that suggested aversive training could affect a dog's mental wellbeing. 

A total of 92 dogs were used in the study and were split into two groups. The first group comprised 42 dogs who were given reward-based training like receiving treats. The second group of 50 dogs were subjected to aversive-based training such as yelling and leash jerking.

The researchers discovered that the dogs in the aversive training group demonstrated higher stress levels and behaviors, while the dogs in the reward-based training group were far more relaxed. They also observed the dogs for several weeks to determine the longer-term effects of this stress and noted the dogs from the aversive training group were more "pessimistic."

"Our results show that companion dogs trained using aversive-based methods experienced poorer welfare as compared to companion dogs trained using reward-based methods, at both the short- and the long-term level," the researchers explained. 

"Specifically, dogs attending schools using aversive-based methods displayed more stress-related behaviors and body postures during training, higher elevations in cortisol levels after training, and were more 'pessimistic' in a cognitive bias task."

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It's easy to lose your cool when your pup has misbehaved, but new research has shown that yelling at your canine pal can have severe long-term negative effects on their mental states.
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