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The Center for Shelter Dogs supports its mission with an active research program concentrated in several areas, including:

  • Development of validated methods to screen for, evaluate, and modify problem behavior in shelter dogs, thereby improving their welfare and increasing their chances for adoption
  • Identification of the role of environmental and emotional stress on the behavior of shelter dogs and methods of reducing the impact of such stressors
  • Exploration of dog behavior and welfare in the home and owners' perceptions of, attitudes toward, and management of their pet's behavior
  • Exploration of prevalence and impact of pet retention programs ("safety net" programs)

Sharing information is a large part of what the Center for Shelter Dogs does and is one of our core values.  Check out our list of research publications and presentations.