Citizen Science with Our Canine Friends – It’s National Dog Day!

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) | August 26, 2014 11:44 am
Citizen Science with your Canine Friends!

Citizen Science with your Canine Friends! (Image Credit: Shutterstock / Kuznetsov Alexey )

August 26th is National Dog Day. Here are some amazing dog-themed citizen science projects that we’ve come up with using SciStarter’s Project Finder just for you. Participate and celebrate our canine companions!




dognitionHelp researchers learn more about dogs by recording and sharing specific interactions with your dog. You’ll learn your dog’s cognitive style by playing fun, science-based games –- an experience that gives you the insight you need to make the most of your relationship with your best friend.

Emotional Load of Calls


emotional load of callsDogs, like other animals, communicate through vocalization. They communicate their needs and desires, and they can also communicate their emotions. Assist in investigating the evolutionary and ethological foundations of dog-human relationship by listening to dog and human sounds & determining emotions.


Canid Howl Project


candid howlListen to the enchanting, haunting sounds of wolves, coyotes and dogs, and help researchers better understand and conserve these species by deciphering their spectrograms. You can also donate your dog’s howl for the project!


Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ)


CBARQThe C-BARQ (or Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire) is designed to provide dog owners and professionals with standardized evaluations of canine temperament and behavior. Complete the questionnaire and also compare your dog with others in the C-BARQ database!


Pets Can Do


pets can doParticipate in the University of Lincoln’s research project to understand animal behavior, cognition and welfare. Pet owners and non-pet owners from all over the world can participate in this project by filling out surveys about topics such as separation anxiety in dogs and self-disclosure with dogs. If you live nearby, you can also sign your dog up for their dog research programs.


  • Jen Gabbard

    Thank you for sharing; I didn’t know about any of these projects.


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About Arvind Suresh (Editor)

Arvind Suresh has a Master's degree in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology from PSG College of Technology, India. He is also an information addict, gobbling up everything he can find on and off the internet. He enjoys reading, teaching, talking and writing science, and following that interest led him to SciStarter. Outside the lab and the classroom, he can be found behind the viewfinder of his camera.


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