Staff and student researchers at the University of Lincoln often carry out survey questionnaires in order to answer all sorts of questions about how we interact with animals and interpret their behaviour. We occasionally also ask for participants to take videos of their pet at home – this could be to show some training, or to observe their behaviour.

Please check this page regularly to find out if there are any active surveys. If you have a dog or a cat and you are looking for projects that would involve them coming in to the University, please check our Projects page.

Click on the survey title to take part (this will take you to another site).

Paw Preference and Personality in Dogs

Do you know if your dog is left- or right-pawed? And what does that tell you about your dog’s personality?

Not only humans prefer to use a certain hand for specific activities such as writing, using tools or holding cutlery. Dogs also show individual preferences when using their paws, for example, some dogs preferentially use their right or left front paw to stabilize a food-stuffed Kong™ while other dogs use both paws equally. Moreover, individual paw preference seems to be related to differences in traits like aggressiveness, playfulness and sociability.

We have developed a research project to investigate a possible link between paw preference, impulsiveness, frustratability and fear in dogs. The study is two-fold starting with a questionnaire containing a personality test (20-30min) with subsequent instructions (including video tutorials) for DIY experiments to determine your dog’s paw preference at home (1-2hours). For more information click here.

Please click here for the survey.