Are our dogs stressed? Asking the right question is the first step to getting the right answer. Never be afraid to ask and reformulate your questions. At one point, you’ll have asked the question that will lead you to the right answer.
The term stress is dangerously ambiguous. “Stress is a word that is as useful as a Visa card and as satisfying as a Coke. It’s non-committal and also non-committable,” as Richard Shweder says. I’m talking of stress in a biological sense, the response of the sympathetic nervous system to some events, its attempts at reestablishing the lost homeostasis provoked by some intense event.
- “We develop stronger bonds with our dogs by doing things together rather than by just sitting and petting them. […]” at “Are You Bonding Properly With Your Dog?”
- “Stress hormones seem to boost an epigenetic process either increasing or decreasing the expression of certain genes. Stress hormones change particular cells of the brain that help memories to be easier retained. […]” at “Did You Know that Stress Helps Learning?”
As to the illustration: chuckle at the serious and reflect on the amusing; both are amusingly serious and seriously amusing.
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