Page 1: About the study
Ever wondered what is going on behind your dog's eyes? Dogs are expressive animals, they use facial expressions and body language as well as odour and vocalisations to communicate with us and other dogs.
We are interested in how your dog expresses emotions with their face. To explore this we require your help to run a few experiments with your dog and capture videos of their facial expressions.
After completing this survey we will ask you to present your dog with a few situations that might make them experience positive or negative emotions. These will include changes to expectations of gaining a treat or toy and going on a walk. You will be provided with instructions on how to conduct the experiment.
There is a potential risk that your dog becomes stressed during the experiment and should any of signs of stress appear (such as tail tucked between their legs, whites of eyes visible, whimpering, cowering, growling or baring teeth and trying to escape) please stop the experiment. To ensure that we do not cause any stress to your dog we will assign you and your dog to specific conditions that are appropriate for them based on the results of this survey.
This study has recieved full ethical approval from Newcastle University, UK Animal Welfare Ethical Review Board: project ID 809
Participation is completley voluntary and you may withdraw from the study at any point.
The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete
Each experiment should take a maximum of 5 minutes to complete
If you have more than one dog please fill out a seperate form for each