Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Does your personality influence the relationship you have with your dog?



If you’ve ever wondered how your personality influences the relationship you have with your dog, or how your dog’s appearance and personality influences the relationship you have with your dog, you’re not alone.
The Australian Anthrozoology Research Foundation is supporting La Trobe University researcher Cynthia Brown in a project looking at the role of human and dog characteristics in quality of the the human-dog relationship.
Why does it matter? Well, mismatches in these kinds of relationships can have really serious implications for dogs – eg, being deemed incompatible and surrendered to a shelter, where it becomes a life or death issue.
On the flip side, the better we can match dogs with owners, the fewer surrenders occur.
If you are:
a)   A dog owner
b)   Over 18
c)   Have a spare fifteen to twenty minutes
d)   Have or can take a photo of your dog
You can do the survey online and contribute to important anthrozoology research.

3 comments:

  1. Today I went for a walk to the local shopping strip for groceries. Upon leaving the shop, I started to walk back home. As I walked, I noticed a dog that looked exactly like mine, tied up some distance away. Took a split second, then I sheepishly untied my dog I had forgotten I had brought along with me. She was patient with me, as we both have had our ditzy days, and we've known each other almost 10 years. But I'm sure she was silently judging and thinking- "what an idiot".

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  2. You know its true though, dogs just don't judge! How lucky we are.

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  3. Hi Anne,
    Congrats on your fabulous blog. It is wonderful, as a pet owner and non-vet, to have access to such a great smorgasbord of animal information. Loved the research survey 'Does your personality influence the relationship you have with your dog?' ... lots of fun. I will be inviting all of my pet loving friends to check out your site. Keep up the good work..Debbie

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