Headlines: Dogs can suffer from depression

Image caption Dogs can feel sad too

Are you afraid of barking dogs? Scientists in Spain think that some dogs that bark a lot and seem to be ready to bite may just feel sad. Listen out for these words:

  • aggressive


  • feelgood

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  • depression


And try to follow this report as you hear the programme.

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“Researchers found that aggressive dogs have much lower levels of the hormone serotonin, which is known for its feelgood effect. They also tend to have higher levels of the so called stress hormone, cortisol. Such imbalances echo those found in some humans who suffer from depression and anxiety. These findings could have serious applications in treating dogs with behavioural problems. Although the researchers aren't sure why some animals should suffer from low serotonin levels, they could possibly be helped by taking doggy anti-depressants. So what do you make of that Fido? I thought you would approve.”

See below how you can use these words:


Drivers can become aggressive in traffic jams.

Some companies use aggressive marketing tactics.


Musicals are feelgood plays.

High consumers’ spending suggests that the feelgood factor has returned to the economy.


Mary had depression; she did not want to leave home.

Tiredness and sleeping problems can be signs of depression.