Crowd-Sourced Canine Behavior Study

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Join a Historic Study of Canine Behavior before January 15, 2018!

How does this sound: answer a few questions about your own dog(s) behavior and in doing so, contribute to helping save the lives of other pooches in shelters? At the same time, you might get an insight into some of the issues dogs can have. Possibly you might also become more aware of your own dog’s quirks? I did it for my dogs, Maisie and Wanda Weimaraner and it was kind of a no-brainer!

Who Created this Study?

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, who retired from the Cumming vet school at Tufts University, has been pursuing independent canine behavior research at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies that he co-founded in 2014. He created this canine behavior study to figure out the things dogs do that cause people to give them up to shelters. In the process, Dr. Dodman also wants to identify the most effective ways to deal with solving those behaviors. His goal is for fewer dogs to wind up relinquished to shelters, where those dogs with “behavior problems” are at higher risk of being euthanized. Dr. Nick believes there are better ways to manage behaviors that drive people to give up their pets, He has set out to scientifically study the problems and their most effective solutions, with the help of other experts in the field.

Your input matters!

Does your dog have behavior “issues?” Or are you one of the lucky ones whose dog doesn’t do anything that bothers or disturbs your peace? Either way, it would be great if you could jump on the internet and take the quick study to further understanding of how dogs behave (and misbehave). We know that many of the dogs in shelters are brought there by people who have given up on them, often for particular behaviors. Please join me and take the quick survey from The Center for Canine Behavior Studies.

The Center for Canine Behavior Studies

The CCBS team collaboratively developed the Center’s new canine behavior study, which consists of two phases. The first phase is now open for dog owner participation. Any dog owner can participate in the first phase of the on-line survey that will remain open until January 15 2018.The second phase will be a follow up survey of owners with dogs from the first study that had behavior problems.

—Tracie Hotchner

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