Dog Personality Project

Dog scientists in the UK are aiming to identify the biological basis for personality traits in dogs.  They are looking for owners to complete an online questionnaire.

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Dog Head Anatomy Project

This is a PhD study exploring the varying skull shapes of dogs in order to better categorise these and observe the possible relationship between skull shape and dental health

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Itchy Dog Project

The aim of this study is to investigate potential genetic and environmental causes of canine atopic dermatitis (cAD) to help the development of a strategy for reducing the number of dogs affected by this disease.

If you own a Labrador or Golden Retriever over the age of 3 (with perfect or itchy skin), then this is your chance to get involved in a research project to help improve the health of your breed. Canine atopic dermatitis (allergic skin disease) is a life-long condition that affects more than 1 in 10 dogs and can have a big impact on their quality of life.

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Omega 3 and Dog Arthritis Study

Osteoarthritis is a very common disease in dogs that affects the joints and causes chronic pain and a reduced quality of life. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega 3 fatty acid that holds promise as a new dietary supplement for the management of osteoarthritis associated pain. The aim of this project is to investigate dietary supplementation with DHA on pain and quality of life in dogs suffering from hindlimb osteoarthritis.

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Dog Rehoming Success Study

UK dog scientists are investigating factors that affect the success of dog placements. They are looking for owners who are happy to run some fun tests with their dogs at home. The primary aim of this study is to improve dog welfare and rehoming success.

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Dog Rehoming Study

Scientists in the UK are investigating the factors that affect people’s choices when adopting dogs.  They are keen to learn more about the decisions people make – for instance, why people choose particular breeds or types, and what features of individual dogs lead them to be selected over others.  The team is keen for anyone who has ever adopted a dog from a rescue centre to complete a quick online questionnaire.  They hope the results will help charities to be even more effective at finding forever homes for the dogs in their care.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Dogs Project

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD, is a serious and debilitating disease of the intestines.  Signs include chronic vomiting and diarrhoea.  Currently, treatment of this condition is extremely challenging. Dog scientists in the UK are studying the genetics of this disorder with the ultimate aim of developing a new screening test to allow vets in practice to offer personalised treatment pans tailored to individual patients.  The scientists are looking for help from owners of German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) that have been diagnosed with IBD and also GSDs over 8 years old who are not affected.

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Separation Related Distress Project

In the UK, pilot research suggests that as many as 85% of dogs may suffer from some degree of distress when left on their own. Scientists in Australia are running a new project to look for genes involved in this very worrying and complex canine problem that affects the quality of life of many millions of dogs and owners all over the world. Initially the scientists are looking for help from owners of Labradors in Australia.

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The Dog Aging Project

Scientists in America are running two studies in to aging in dogs.  They believe that enhancing the longevity and healthspan – the healthy period of life – in peoples’ pets will have a major impact on our lives.

The Dog Aging Project has two major aims: a longitudinal study of aging in dogs and an intervention trial to prevent disease and extend healthy longevity in middle-aged dogs.

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Canid Howl Project

The project is the work of a large number of scientists, trying to understand the range of different vocal behaviours of canids.

Analysing these recordings is difficult and time consuming. It’s easy to make mistakes, and mistakes can change the conclusions that the scientists draw. But here’s where you can help! By having hundreds, even thousands, of volunteers giving their own analysis of the canid howls, the scientists can investigate the role of these sounds, and understand more about the social behaviour of the whole range of canid species and breeds

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Canine Microbiome and Behavior Project

Scientists in the USA are conducting a study to learn more about the relationship between a dog’s microbiome (using the bacteria found in their stools) and their health & behavior. The long term goal is to determine if it is possible to identify microbiome-behavior relationships that would help to improve the lives of dogs with certain physical or behavioral disorders (including aggression and separation anxiety).

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The Dog Relinquishment Project

This project is being conducted by dog scientists in the UK.  There are two parts to this project.

Study 1. The purpose of this research is to examine factors that lead to people relinquishing their dogs.  This study is looking to recruit people who have relinquished a dog in the past.  In this context, relinquishment of a dog refers to the voluntary surrendering or giving up of a pet dog to another individual, party, or organisation.

Study 2. The purpose of this research is to examine factors that lead to people keeping their dogs, rather than relinquishing them.  This study is looking to recruit people who have owned a pet dog for a minimum of three years.  T Participants must have been at least 18 years old when they acquired their dogs, and the dogs must have lived with the participants for the duration of the ownership.

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Repetitive Behaviours in Dogs Project

Scientists in the UK are studying dogs that repeatedly chase their tails or spin in circles. The project aims to understand why this type of behaviour develops, and the effect this has on dog welfare. Anyone who owns a dog can potentially help with this project. We are recruiting owners whose dogs chase their tails or spin in circles, and as a comparison population, we are also recruiting dog owners whose dogs do not display these behaviours. Any dog of any breed, age and sex are able to contribute provided they are fit and healthy.

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