Canine ageing

old dog in a forest

This research line focuses on the effect of ageing on physiological, emotional and behavioural aspects in dogs. In particular, we have been studying age-related changes in cognitive processes, such as attention, spatial learning and memory and modifications in the relational-affective domain, such as the characteristics of the attachment bond between the aged dog and owner. In addition, we are interested in the relationship between changes in cognitive functions and changes in the immune and endocrine system, in the ageing dog.