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Does the sex of the search and rescue (SAR) dog handler affect the work of the rescue team?

By J. Wojtas, D. Zielinski, M. Karpinski

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The handler's sex, as well as his personality and individual predispositions, may affect his suitability for work in rescue services. In addition, handler's susceptibility to stress may affect the effects of search and rescue (SAR) dog's work. The aim of the study was to analyze the salivary cortisol level of SAR dog handlers concerning the sex of the handler, and the type and results of rescue examinations. 41 SAR dog handlers participated in the study. Together with their dogs, they participated in open-field and disaster rescue exams. It turned out that the handler's sex did not affect the results of the rescue exams. However, the obtained research results suggest that the sex of the handler may be important when choosing a rescue specialty.

Publication Title Dog Behavior
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 23-32
ISBN/ISSN 2421-0684
DOI 10.4454/db.v7i3.138
Language English
Notes Cited Reference Count: 33 ref.0ItalianEdizioni ETSPisa, Italy
Author Address Department of Animal Ethology and Wildlife Management, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka 13, 20-950 Lublin,
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