Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the answers to some of the questions that owners have when they are thinking about getting involved with our research and practical activities. If you are not able to find the answer to your question here, please contact us to find out more.
Anyone who owns a dog!
Currently we are only recruiting dog owners. However please keep checking the website regularly as we will soon be recruiting other pet owners.
If you choose to drop your pet off at the University and collect later in the day, the University is often able to accommodate your pet. At present, there are no kennel facilities available at the University. However, when not taking part in a project or practical, your pet can often remain with an allocated student or in a crate (you may wish to bring your own if you have one) in your absence. For dogs this might involve being taken for a walk around the picturesque campus or settling on a bed in a classroom (you never know, they might pick up some useful training tips listening to the lectures!).
An Estate’s project is planned for 2014 involving development of a training building and holding area. This will comprise of state of the art kennels and an exercise area designed to ensure that your dog remains stress free in the care of staff and students.
- Observational - these projects often involve simply watching your pet in a particular situation.
- Behaviour / Training tasks - these projects typically involve your pet being trained a new skill. These type of projects do not just take place with dogs – other pets can be trained too!
- Training skills practicals - these are student based practicals. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students hone their training skills by handling and teaching pets various tasks.
Examples of previous projects include:
- Can dogs be taught self-control?
- Do dogs behave differently when they see unfamiliar people or dogs versus familiar people or dogs?
- Is yawning contagious in dogs?
- Do dogs pay more attention to hand signals or verbal cues in training?
- The effects of pheromones on firework fears.
Projects and practicals primarily take place at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme campus, situated only 3 miles north of Lincoln. You will be informed if the activity will be in a different location to this before you agree to take part.
For directions to our Riseholme campus, please click here.
Without exception, your pet’s welfare is a priority at all times. At the University all work is overseen by appropriately qualified staff and our Research Ethics Committee. If staff or students working with your pet have any concerns, your pet will be withdrawn from the activity and we will discuss the situation with you. In occasional cases we may need to withdraw your pet from the study, if it responds unexpectedly to a situation, although this doesn’t happen very often. In addition, if you have any concerns you may opt out at any time without any obligation to offer explanation.
People often tell us how much their dogs have enjoyed themselves; their dog’s wagging tail and smiling face give them away! We have even been told that dogs are so excited to arrive at the University that they are almost dragging the owners through the doors! All projects are subject to ethical review.
- Opportunities to further your knowledge and understanding of your own pet, building on your relationship and learning new training techniques.
- Opportunities to ask questions and learn more about training and behaviour from leading professionals in the field of animal behaviour and training.
- At the end of the day, you can probably be assured a tired and very happy pet having been involved in fun, mentally stimulating activities!
- The option to receive an overview of each project you have taken part in once it is completed.