‘Awake but motionless’ a sign of poor welfare in dogs?

17 07 2019


Animals just published a new paper by Carole Fureix and her collaborators.  Looking at 57 dogs in 7 shelters, they tried to find out whether spending inactive, despite being awake, might be a sign of depression (as may be so in our mice), or boredom (as might be true in at least some mink). The jury’s still out, but this is early stages. One interesting result was that dogs who’d been relinquished by their owners showed the most. It’s hard not to find that a little bit heart-breaking…