Calling all dogs

Dogs are hugely important to the research activities of the world-leading animal behaviour team at the University of Lincoln, UK.

And your dog can be a part of their pioneering and welfare-friendly investigations in canine behaviour, from learning to use a touch screen to assessing its olfactory abilities or ability to read human emotion.

If you own one or more dogs and are able to travel to the Riseholme Park campus (just north of Lincoln), the University’s Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare team would like to invite you to join their database of pet owners.

Your pet may get to take part in a wide range of activities, perhaps even being trained a new skill.

Projects undertaken by the University have worldwide significance in progressing our understanding of dogs and have featured on programmes such as BBC’s Horizon and in the news as far afield as The New York Times.

Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, who has supervised many of the research projects, explains why the team wants to encourage owners and their dogs to get involved.

He said: “As interest in our work has grown, with increasing national and international coverage in the press and on TV, we thought the time was right to reach out further to the local community, to give them the chance to get more involved in our work. Many owners thoroughly enjoy learning about the hidden abilities of their dogs, or simply doing something a bit different. This is a great example of how the University likes to engage with the public, for mutual benefit.”

If you and your dog are potentially interested in taking part in exciting and ground-breaking research or other activities taking place at the University of Lincoln, please visit the website Lincoln Pets Can Do www.lincolnpetscando.co.uk to sign up to the database or for more information or call 01522 886276.

All information provided for the database is securely stored with strictly limited access. Your details are not passed on to any third parties.