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 the best place to start if you would like to donate DNA from your dog or take part in our behaviour or energy metabolism tests – just opt in when you are offered at the end. We are not currently recruiting DNA from any breeds but will start doing so soon – in the first instance we will invite people who have taken our questionnaire and indicated they are willing to be contacted.
These are some of the lovely dogs who have taken part in our energy expenditure experiments in the past.
Here is our very first participant, Lark. On the left she is at home getting used to the practice box we sent her. On the right, she is looking very proud of herself after doing a brilliant job of relaxing for us!
The view from the inside: GOdogs researcher Eleanor having her own energy expenditure measured. Chilling out inside a spacious dog kennel was a surprisingly good way to get some work done!
Energy expenditure measurement is complex for the researchers but very simple for your dog – we hope they will chill out, lie down and even go to sleep. Measurements take a couple of hours once the dogs have relaxed.
Here is Lilly doing a fab job of snoozing for us!
Measuring feeding behaviour
For food choice trials, we usually ask people to visit once or twice for visits of about an hour. The tests and games allow us to measure dogs’ food preference in a set of playful experiments, which are fun for the dogs and interesting for the owners.
We have no feeding behaviour trials running at the moment but we are planning some for the near future. If you would like to volunteer your flatcoated retriever (or labrador) to take part please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our interest list.
Your dog isn’t a retriever, pug, or bulldog? 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?
- 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.