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Volunteers Needed to Participate in Dog Study

by Melanie

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7.17.14 - Dog Study

Researchers are looking for dog lovers who are willing to participate in a 100-question survey that aims to look at how owners’ personalities can affect their dogs.

Doctors James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Nicholas Dodman of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University are asking for dog parents to partake in their study.  The Animal Ownership Interaction Study is being conducted at The Simon Foundation’s Center for Canine Behavior Studies.

The objective is to shed light on how owners’ moods influence their pets’ moods and behaviors.  This can help people modify their body language and behavior so interactions with their dogs are more positive.

“Dodman & Serpell believe the study will also help predict which owner personality types are most compatible with a particular dog that they plan to adopt, thereby helping ensure a harmonious pairing, owner satisfaction, and the adopted dog thus having a home for life,” the website says.

The questionnaire is completely voluntary and anonymous.  Registration is now open.  To register and begin the study, click here.