You can never know too much

Lots of links for you for interesting scientific research on dog health, behaviour, puppies, spay and neuter research – they are just here for you to read and form your own opinions on the subjects.

Fear and Anxiety


Behavioral and psychological outcomes for dogs sold as puppies through pet stores and/or born in commercial breeding establishments: Current knowledge and putative causes

Behavioral Changes Associated with Thyroid Dysfunction in Dogs

Noise sensitivity and general fearfulness in dogs:
Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders

The Function of Play Bows in Dog and Wolf Puppies

Neuroscience Of Licking & Sender-Receiver Mechanisms. Are They Conflict Reducing, Disengagement Markers, Arousal Or Congruence Signals?

The Importance of Food in Dog Training

Can dogs have autism?

Emotional Contagion

Reading Faces: Differential Lateral Gaze Bias in Processing Canine and Human Facial Expressions in Dogs and 4-Year-Old Children

Investigating emotional contagion in dogs (Canis familiaris) to emotional sounds of humans and conspecifics

Rapid mimicry and emotional contagion in domestic dogs

Emotional contagion in dogs as measured by change in cognitive task performance


common injury factors for puppies – it’s not just about hips and elbows—and-its-not-just-about-hips-and-elbows?fbclid=IwAR2BW7ZGYtFu1QEKXjZl8l6CbkQUulet_Ott-LLgZULonsx1458aXMP5Mu8

Harness use affecting gait

A myotherapists perspective on harnesses

Faulty gene may help explain why food-obsessed Labradors top obesity charts


Dr Becker. The truth about spaying and neutering (Youtube Video)


Behavioral Reasons for Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats to 12 Shelters

Evaluation of a behavioral assessment questionnaire for use in the characterization of behavioral problems of dogs relinquished to animal shelters

Non-reproductive Effects of Spaying and Neutering on Behaviour in Dogs

Effects of Spaying and Neutering on Behaviour in Dogs

The Social Behaviour of Neutered Male Dogs Compared to Intact Dogs

A literature review on the welfare implications of gonadectomy of dogs

Spay Neuter And Joint Disease

Growth Plates

Castration ~ Effects on male dog health and behaviour

Neutering Your Dog – Making an Informed Decision–making.pdf

Gonadectomy effects on the risk of immune disorders in the dog: a retrospective study

Neutering Dogs: Effects on Joint Disorders and Cancers in Golden Retrievers

Neutering of German Shepherd Dogs: associated joint disorders, cancers and urinary incontinence

Spaying and urinary incontinence in bitches under UK primary veterinary care: a case–control study

Long-Term Health Effects of Neutering Dogs: Comparison of Labrador Retrievers with Golden Retrievers

Rottweilers Endogenous Gonadal Hormone Exposure and Bone Sarcoma Risk

Rottweilers are considered to be at high risk of osteosarcome and are five times more likely to develop the tumour than the average dog (Comstock et al 2006). It has been suggested that between 5 and 12% of all Rottweilers develop osteosarcoma (Rosenberger & Crawford 2004, Comstock et al 2006). Dogs that underwent early elective gonadectomy had a one in four lifetime risk 

The specific cause of osteosarcoma is not known.  However, because osteosarcoma tumors are frequently found near growth plates, it is speculated that factors that affect growth rates, ?neutering  and such as diets that promote rapid growth in puppies, appear to influence risk.  

The genetic basis of the disease is yet to be elucidated. It has a familial pattern of incidence and it seems likely that the prevalence may be reduced by breeding only from lines that have not (or very rarely) been affected.

Reproductive Capability Is Associated with Lifespan and Cause of Death in Companion Dogs

Post-spaying/neutering care guide



Inflammatory bowel disease – Causes and Symptoms of IBD in Dogs

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