Canine Sensory Perception Project
Dog scientists at the University of Sussex are running three projects to investigate visual and hearing perception in dogs. They are looking for dog owners and breeders in the South East of the UK to participate in behavioural observations of their dogs’responses to various sounds and sights. scientists in the UK are investigating ‘attachment’ behaviour in dogs.
Canine Attachment Study
Dog scientists in the UK are investigating ‘attachment’ behaviour in dogs.
They are looking for dog owners to complete a 15 minute survey online.
The Itchy Dog Project – Phase 2
The Itchy Dog Project was launched in 2018 to help dog scientists examine the possible genetic and environmental causes of canine atopic dermatitis. Around 10% of all dogs suffer from skin allergies which can have a big impact on their lives and their owners.
An online survey was originally aimed at owners of Labradors and Golden Retrievers but after a very big response of more than 4,000 dog owners, and some promising early results, the survey is now being widened to include all dogs to help the team develop new ways to manage the condition.
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.
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.