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.
Dog Training Techniques Project
Dog scientists in the UK are investigating if the training techniques used by dog owner’s change in
different situations. The project is focussed, primarily, on behavioural management in situations perceived
as dangerous for either the dog, the owner or a member of the public, e.g. near busy roads,
eating something unknown, aggressive behaviour (growling, lunging or biting) towards
other dogs or humans.
Dog Behaviour Management Project
Dog scientists in the UK are investigating the different factors that influence how people choose to manage their dog’s behaviour. Their focus is ‘reactive canine behaviour’ including stiff posture with hackles raised and intense staring, barking, growling, snarling (curling lip), lunging, snapping, nipping, or biting.
Dog Activity Project
A dog scientist in the UK is investigating exercise and activity levels in dogs. An online survey, that only asks for information about dogs (not their people!), aims to provide results that will help dog owners and veterinary professionals better identify dogs at risk of a sedentary lifestyle, and potentially obesity.
Canine Cushing’s Disease Project
A PhD project based in the UK is investigating canine Cushing’s disease (canine hyperadrenocorticism). The purpose of this survey is to capture how Cushing’s disease impacts a dog and their owner’s day-to-day life. Cushing’s disease is a complex disease to manage effectively and the scientists want to understand more about it.
This questionnaire can be completed by all dog owners and not just those whose dogs have the disease.
Fearful Dog Project
A PhD dog scientist in the UK is recruiting dogs and their owners for a new placebo-controlled, double-blinded, clinical behavioural trial of a supplement which is intended for use in dogs who are generally nervous, or fearful or anxious about specific stimuli, for example, meeting unfamiliar people. It contains only natural human-grade, non-pharmaceutical ingredients.
Dog scientists in Belgium are trying to understand how some dogs seem to be able to sense when a person is about to have a seizure. They are looking for help with a questionnaire from people with epilepsy who live with dogs. The survey is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch and Italian.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.