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The Influence Of Olfactory Stimulation On The Behaviour Of Dogs Housed In A Rescue Shelter

This study explored the influence of five types of olfactory stimulation (control, lavender, chamomile, rosemary and peppermint) on the behaviour of 55 dogs housed in a rescue shelter. The dogs were exposed to each type of olfactory stimulation, through the diffusion of essential oils, for 4 hours a day for 5 days, with an intervening period of 2 days between conditions. The dogs’ behaviour was recorded on days 1, 3 and 5, during each condition of olfactory stimulation. Dogs spent more time resting and less time moving upon exposure to lavender, such as that found in HorseScents, and chamomile than any of the other olfactory stimuli.

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