June 18 2013 Latest news:
By Kelly-Ann Kiernan , Chief Reporter
Monday, May 7, 2012
DOGS and their owners are needed to join a Royal Veterinary College study into pet behaviour.
The pooches need to be aged from 18 months to 12 years old, of any breed, and able to attend a two-hour session with their owner at the college’s base in Hawkshead Lane, Brookmans Park.
During the session, researchers will record the dog’s behaviour (tail wagging, ear postures, facial expressions), nose-temperature and heart-rate during different emotional experiences ranging from positive (getting treats, being stroked) to mildly negative (being left alone for three minutes).
A spokeswoman for the college said: “Evidence suggests that misinterpretation of behaviour can lead to the development of behaviour problems in dogs, for example a heightened fear of fireworks or difficulties when left alone.
“The information gathered in the study will help to promote positive canine experiences, strengthen the human-animal bond and improve welfare assessments through providing better understanding of how canine emotions are expressed through behaviour.”
Participating owners will receive a copy of the study results and will be entered into a raffle to win one of six £20 gift vouchers; their dogs will receive treats throughout the study.
For more information call Emma Buckland on 07868 206 239.