Richard Mott

Dog Behaviour Centre

School of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Veterinary Medicine

University of Glasgow

Bearsden Road


G61 1QH




Research title: Environmental enrichment to improve welfare of animals in a rescue centre

Research Summary

My current research focus is evaluating auditory enrichment for domestic dogs, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms of action and categorical perception.  My wider interest is the quantification of effect of enrichment paradigms, primarily the use of heart rate variability in a range of species, but also looking at the wider question of emotional valence.


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2018 - International Society for Equitation Science, student research grant (£750) 

2022 - Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, student travel grant (£350)

2022 - Purina Companion Travel Award (£1,400)


Keynote Address:

Music for Captive Animals.  Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour auditory enrichment workshop 2021.

Oral Presentation:

The use of positive associations to strengthen the effects of auditory enrichment. Proceedings of the 55th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) 2022

Enhancing auditory enrichment for domestic dogs using the owner’s voice. The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), Easter Meeting 2022

Use of the Polar V800 and Actiheart 5 heart rate monitors for the assessment of heart rate variability (HRV) in horses. Proceedings of the 54th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) 2021

Sex differentiated neural processing predicts response to auditory enrichment in domestic dogs.  International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE) UK/Ireland Regional Meeting 2020

Spontaneous blink rate as a measure of equine stress.  International Society for Equitation Science 14th International Conference 2018

The unshod horse: A competitive disadvantage in dressage?  International Society for Equitation Science 10th International Conference 2014

Poster Presentation:

Heart rate variability (HRV) in horses, validation of equipment and methods. International Society for Equitation Science 17th International Conference 2021

The use of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) as a measure of arousal in domestic dogs.  Universities Federation for Animal Welfare 2020 Conference


Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Veterinary Medicine 

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy