It’s A Dog’s World — And They Want You In It

A Westport dog behavior researcher — that’s 5 words I never thought I’d type — is seeking participants for 2 research studies on communication between dogs and humans.

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One is an hour-long in-person study in Westport.  Using “fun, non-invasive behavioral tests” — whew, that’s a relief — this study investigates your dog’s responses to human communication signals.

Human participants must be at least 18 years old.  Your dog can be much younger — just 4 months old — and should be both healthy and up-to-date with vaccinations (or titers, whatever that means).

The 2nd study is online.  It takes 30 minutes, and investigates human interpretations of dog behavior.  You’ll watch video clips and complete a survey.

You can participate if you are at least 18 years old.  And you do not even need to have a dog (though I can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t own one reading this far).

Click here to get started.  Questions?  Call Michele Wan at 203-293-6462, or email

Oh, yes:  This research has been approved by Columbia University IRB – AAAE7861.

Whatever that means.

6 responses to “It’s A Dog’s World — And They Want You In It

  1. The Dude Abides

    Mr. Raho & Jeffxs: And you said the Stimulus package was not working!!!!

  2. the taxpaying public should be able to easily access a list detailing how much federal $ and for what Columbia University IRB uses it via this process of approving (and not approving) studies

  3. Anyone can via the GSA website.

  4. Cool post, I’ve just got a border collie dog to train.