Can your dog help?

Tell us about your dog and food

We want to know about how dogs differ in their attitude to food.  Please tell us about your dog – take the GOdogs questionnaire. It takes less than 10 minutes and will really help our work. All breeds welcome!

The questionnaire is also a good place to start if you would like to donate DNA from your dog or take part in our behaviour tests.

Measuring appetite – Labrador volunteers wanted!

We are looking for enthusiastic Labrador owners who would like to participate in our exciting series of tests to investigate Labradors’ feeding behaviour and its genetic background.


The tests and games will allow us to measure dogs’ food motivation and food preference in a set of playful experiments, which are fun for the dogs and interesting for the owners.

Any Labrador can take part and no training or special preparation is required.  It all takes place at the Cambridge University Department of Veterinary Medicine (vet school).  It’s easy to get to and park and we can reimburse travel expenses.  We usually ask people to visit once or twice for visits of about an hour.

If you want to help our research and find out more about your Labrador in the same time, please get in touch with us by email or via the contact us page.  Not sure?  Email us for more information.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your dog!


Your dog isn’t a Labrador?  We’d still love to learn about your dog and food so take the Dog Eating Behaviour Questionnaire

We are still collecting information about dogs of any breed and how they are with food. Whatever breed of dog you have, please click here to take the survey.

We are interested in dogs of any breed but are focusing at the moment on collecting DNA samples from retriever breeds, pugs and French and English bulldogs.  If you have one of these dogs, read on…

Donating DNA from your Dog

At the end of the eating behaviour questionnaire, we ask if you would consider submitting a DNA sample from your dog.  It’s entirely optional and we will use the eating behaviour information whether or not we get DNA to match.  At the moment we are focussing on collecting from retriever breeds, pugs, French bulldogs and English bulldogs but in future we may approach owners of other breeds too.

What will it involve if my dog donates DNA to the study?

oragene kit use

Saliva sampling is quick, painless and easy. Two spongy swabs are used to soak up saliva from the cheek pouch.

  • GOdogs will send you a saliva sampling kit.
  • Using the kit is simple and most dogs tolerate sampling very well.
  • The kits are easy to use and have clear instructions:
  • If you try to get a sample but your dog won’t tolerate it, that’s fine.  We just ask that any unused kits are returned in the stamped addressed envelope we provide.