Well of course s(he) is unique, but how and in which way? Get answers and food for thought by using a few minutes to respond to a dog behavior survey (see link below). By doing this you will help University of Helsinki’s top research team to make outstanding research on a global scale that promotes the health and well-being of both dogs and humans.

Behavioral questionnaire includes eight sections. You will evaluate your dog’s activity and impulsivity, noise sensitivity, separation anxiety, stereotypical behavior, aggressiveness, dog shyness, surface anxiety and personality traits. After completing the survey, you will get an immediate analysis of your dog’s behavior. You will see how your pet is different from other individuals of the same breed and other dogs

Time to respond will take about 10 to 20 minutes – if you answer all questions.
The survey is intended for all kinds of dogs.  All temperaments may be assessed. Your dog may or may not have behavioral problems.

– A behavioral questionnaire is a good tool for breeders.  It can help to distinguish more aggressive individuals and eliminate them from breeding,” says Petsofi’s Research Coordinator Emma Hakanen.

Unique research on a global scale

The behavioral questionnaire continues the work begun by Professor Hannes Lohi’s research team. The group charts the behavioral tendencies of dogs and investigates how environment, metabolism and genes affect it. The research project is financed by the Academy of Finland.

A Recent pilot study published by the group last year gave strong indications that metabolism explains behavioral patterns. The blood count of shy dogs and dogs showing ADHD symptoms was different from individuals that showed no symptoms. This connection is one of the research topics that Hannes Lohi’s research teamwill continue examining more closely in the future.

– The researchers collect blood samples from dogs located at the behavioral extremes in the questionnaires. Sending blood samples and attending behavior tests when requested is yet another way for the owner to participate.

University of Helsinki will run behavioral tests and blood tests that will be announced later.

The importance of this research is enormous. Think about it: by identifying the genetic and metabolic factors that affect dogs’ behavioral disorders, new types of medicines can be developed.  Diets can be tailored according to individual needs. Dog studies may bring new light to human health care. Consider for example, stereotypical behavior. Human and dog genes are 95% identical.
The research group has already collected data from 14 000 dogs. With Petsofi, the number of respondents is expected to rise up to 100,000 dogs.  The material will make a difference throughout the globe and may be utilized in various ways.

– The material can be used to compare aggressiveness between different dog breeds. Is there a breed so dangerous that its use should be monitored?
In addition to Finland answers will be collected in the UK and in the USA. This allows comparing the impact of different environments.

Register, add your dog and join the poll here.