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Study to look at anxiety in dogs

Tuesday January 14th 2014

Dog owners are being urged to take part in a study to help researchers understand the behaviour of man's best friend in the owner's absence.

Separation anxiety is an extremely common problem in canines, although many unanswered questions on the subject still remain.

Both the University of Lincoln and University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Kosice, Slovakia, are therefore asking dog owners to complete a detailed survey.

Scientists at the institutions hope to analyse the various clinical signs and situations in which anxiety issues occur.

"Separation-related problems are extremely common and in some cases can lead to owners feeling they have no other option but to surrender their pet," said Raquel Matos, from the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy.

"Through this study we aim to identify the relative prevalence, severity and characteristics of the different types of emotional problems related to separation from the owner."

She will work alongside the University of Lincoln's Professor Daniel Mills for the duration of the investigation.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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