The Stress Factor in Dogs: Unlocking Resiliency and Enhancing Well-Being

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An in-depth analysis of the science behind stress in dogs

In The Stress Factor in Dogs, Dr. Kristina Spaulding explores what science has revealed about stress in dogs and other mammals and demonstrates how to effectively read scientific research in order to apply our acquired knowledge to the dogs in our lives. This thoroughly comprehensive book provides detailed insight on how stress affects the health and well-being of our dogs at all stages of development. By analyzing how stress is connected to problem behaviors, such as aggression and reactivity, Dr. Spaulding is able to offer solutions to dog owners, trainers, veterinarians, and shelter staff who desire to reduce stress and increase resiliency in dogs.

• Defines the stress response and identifies different kinds of stress
• Explains how stress impacts dogs throughout their lives, including during vulnerable stages, such as early development
• Examines which factors lead some animals to respond differently to stress than others
• Lays out techniques and tips for reducing stress and increasing resiliency in dogs
• Highlights recent research on stress in shelter dogs, working dogs (including Therapy Dogs) and performance dogs
• Teaches how to read scientific research and encourages readers to develop their own ideas on applying this information to improve the lives of dogs

What experts are saying about The Stress Factor In Dogs:
Kristina Spaulding has done dog lovers and dogs a huge favor by writing The Stress Factor in Dogs. Chock full of accessible science, it is one of the most important books to come out about dog behavior in a long time. Even if you know a lot about this topic, I guarantee you, you’ll learn even more. If you work with dogs or have a dog who doesn’t spend his entire life in a Valium-like haze of happiness, get this book. It is a triumph!
Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB, author of The Education of Will and The Other End of the Leash

Kristina has a knack for making scientific research both interesting and accessible. She has collated and analyzed the results of literally hundreds of research studies to get at the most crucial information for people working with dogs. While many of the concepts she discusses are complex, she makes everything understandable. She even goes out of her way to tell us when the science doesn’t give a simple answer (or even any answer, in some cases)! A true educator, Kristina also takes the time to remind us that science is always developing and changing, so it’s important to regularly re-evaluate everything we think we know.
Irith Bloom, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, CSAT, KPA CTP, VSPDT, CBATI, FFCP (Trainer), VSDTA Faculty, DWA Faculty, sought-after presenter, and author of Your Puppy and You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising a Freak’n Awesome Dog.

Dr. Kristina Spaulding lives in in upstate New York with her human family and three dogs. She offers a variety of online courses and webinars on the science of behavior through her website, In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs and reading.

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  • 5
    Learning about stress in dogs

    Posted by Michele Peters on 25th Feb 2024

    I'm not even done reading this book and I'm blown away at the amount of information I am learning!! I decided to purchase this book because I work in the veterinary field and felt it would increase my knowledge of the subject. I have not been disappointed! Fantastic author, 5 pages of references she used ! Just so much great stuff packed in a relatively short book and still VERY easy to understand for anyone!

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    stress and the effects is causes in dogs

    Posted by Brenda Hasbargen on 29th Sep 2022

    Just recently got the book. VERY interesting, lots of info and much to digest and think about. Really like it so far.