I was contacted by Chris Janelli, Executive Director for the Center For Canine Behavior Studies to see if our readers would complete a survey for their new study. It is titled the Prevalence of Behavior Problems In Owned Companion Dogs and while that is a long name, the goal of the research is succinct. It is all about identifying and solving common behavior problems in dogs.
Here are 3 reasons why you should take the Canine Behavior Study survey.
- The CCBS survey is short. It takes less than one-minute to complete.
- It is the “pet” project of world-renowned animal researcher, Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, DVA, DACVAA, DACVB.
- The goal of the study will save the lives of countless dogs. It will analyze behavior problems that lead to dogs being surrendered to a shelter and find solutions for them to stay in their homes.
The members of the CCBS team
Dr. Dodman founded CCBS in 2014 and leads the team as the Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. “Nick” recently retired after a 35-year career at Tufts University and the Cumming School of Veterinary Medicine as a professor and researcher. The CCBS project is a labor of love for him.
The other members of the team are three canine behavior consultants: Barbara Dwyer, Donna Gleason and Vivian Zotolla. You can read about each of them on the CCBS website.
Together, the team developed the new canine behavior study, which consists of two phases. The first phase is the short online survey, I have been describing. Click above to answer the questions. The survey will remain open until 1/15/18 and any dog owner is welcome to participate. The second phase will be a follow up survey of owners with dogs from the first study that had behavior problems.
Expanding research and data analysis
This is not the first study CCBS has conducted. Their initial project was the Animal Ownership Interaction Study. The results from that research project are now being integrated into HowIMetMyDog.com, a sophisticated adopter-canine matching program that aims to save dogs through better adoption matches.
I like CCBS because every part of their mission is about saving the lives of canines. Their motto is, “A home for life for all dogs” and it is a goal I personally support. By taking the Canine Behavior survey, you too will be helping dogs stay in their homes for life because researchers will be a better understanding as to why they are surrendered.
Did you know bad behavior is the #1 killer of dogs under the age of 3?
“Behavior is why people have pets, but unacceptable behavior is the primary reason why people relinquish them,” said Chris Janelli. “By observing and analyzing the myriad factors that surround the lives of dogs and their owners, we will better understand the problems—and solutions—to reducing avoidable abandonment or return of dogs into the shelter system. The Center also supports owners in resolving dog behavior problems that can lead to relinquishment and all too often ultimately euthanasia.”
Please let me know in the comment section if you took the survey.