Over the past few years public participation in science projects has surged, and research involving dogs is no exception. Often the work consists of online activities, but sometimes it requires participants to go into the world, do something and report back. Here's a list of online dog science projects that will be active through 2015 and that, in most cases, anyone in the world can join. All are in English at a minimum; a few are also bilingual.

Canid Howl Project

University of Tennessee and numerous institutions


This project is trying to understand the range of canid vocalizations, involving primarily wolves, dogs and coyotes. Participants help by listening to vocalizations and analyzing the recordings. Ultimately the investigators hope to understand more about the social behavior of the entire range of canid species and breeds.

Canine Microbiome and Behavior Project

Human-Animal Interaction Lab, Oregon State University


Did you know that the thing your dog does at least once a day can help researchers learn more about the relations among gut bacteria, health and behavior? The Oregon study aims to identify microbiome behavior that could help improve the life of dogs with certain physical or behavioral disorders. Researchers are seeking samples of your dog's stool, along with information on the dog's health and behavior.

Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Attachment Bond between Humans and Pet Dogs

Human-Animal Interaction Lab, Oregon State University


You may be able to help reveal similarities and differences in the attachments between pet dogs and their owners across cultures and environments. Researchers are seeking participants who are Latinos or non-Latinos living in the U.S. and Latinos living in Mexico.

Long-Term Dog Owners Survey

Animal Behaviour Cognition and Welfare Group, University of Lincoln, England

http://bit.do/longtermdog ownerssurvey

Have you lived with your dog for at least three years? Your answers to the survey will offer insight into the factors that lead people and dogs to stay companions over many years.

Dog Relinquishment Survey

Animal Behaviour Cognition and Welfare Group, University of Lincoln, England


Scientists lack a solid grasp of the factors that contribute to the reasons people sometimes give up their dogs. This judgment-free study aims to better understand the motivation. If you have voluntarily given up a dog for any reason to another individual, party or organization, this project would like to hear from you.

Dog Personality Survey

Animal Behaviour Cognition and Welfare Group, University of Lincoln, England


The questions investigators have about dog personality are endless. This Web site features projects aiming to identify robust personality traits in dogs and to trace their biology from the level of genes through the brain to their behavior. By exploring common core traits in dogs, researchers can work to manage problems relating to these traits.

Dog Personality and Vocalization Project

Family Dog Project, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


Are there links among dog genetic profiles, personality and vocal behaviors? Help researchers by completing a short questionnaire about your dog's environment, personality and vocalizations. You can also elect to provide two additional pieces of information: conduct a short behavior test with your dog and report back on the result; send in a sample of your dog's saliva for DNA analysis.

Project: Your Dog, Inside and Out

Family Dog Project, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


Food hound? Activity seeker? Help researchers investigate the relation among activity level, feeding and body condition in dogs. If you like, you can add to the study of trait inheritance by (as with the previous project) providing a sample of your dog's saliva for DNA analysis.

Jealousy in Dogs

Family Dog Project, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


You may have thought your dog is sometimes happy or angry, but how about jealous? The Family Dog Project questionnaire aims to gather details about jealousy in dogs, including the context in which it appears and the behaviors that express it. You can also choose to share a video in which you believe your dog is showing jealous behavior.

Is Your Dog Loud?

Family Dog Project, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

English: http://goo.gl/forms/1FzM07wpsR

German: http://goo.gl/forms/ye7wZnIEkD

Dutch: http://goo.gl/forms/hdCxW5GkxV

Italian: http://goo.gl/forms/6JKgpwMNzH

Spanish: http://goo.gl/forms/mlXoMre3ZH

Hungarian: http://goo.gl/forms/w1blAU2Pah

Does your dog growl, whine, bark, woof, cough or howl? Your dog's vocalizations are meaningful, and researchers want to hear all about them.

Emotional Content of Sounds

Family Dog Project, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


What do you hear in these sounds? The project, with instructions in English and Hungarian, asks participants to listen to and rate different vocalizations on how arousing they think the vocalization is and whether it seems positive or negative.


Acoustic Engineering, University of Salford, England


This project explores how people respond to dog barks. Scientists are trying to better understand how we react to everyday sounds.

Canine Behavior Assessment & Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ)

Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society, University of Pennsylvania


C-BARQ is a questionnaire designed to provide dog owners and professionals with standardized evaluations of canine temperament and behavior. It has been extensively tested for reliability and validity on large samples of dogs of many breeds. C-BARQ data are used by numerous researchers around the world to investigate a variety of dog-related questions, such as those related to aggression, fear and trainability, among others. Live with a dog? Add to the dataset by telling C-BARQ.


Canines, Inc.


Participants can engage in different science-based games created by scientists, trainers and behavioral specialists. Dognition members can play the games with their dog and compare their dog's performance with that of other Dognition players. Membership requires a fee.

Co-Sleeping with Dogs

Clever Dog Lab, University of Veterinary Medicine, Messerli Research Institute, Vienna

English: https://goo.gl/5JPOzv

German: https://goo.gl/PFjaTK

Hungarian: https://goo.gl/3X8MHh

General Web site in German: www.iswf.at/de/projekte-publikationen

Whom do you hunker down with at night? The aim of this study is to find out more about the sleeping habits of owners and their pets, especially if you share the same bed or room (co-sleeping). Before you go to sleep tonight, consider completing this questionnaire.

Did you know that participants in dog studies tend to be women? Men should consider participating in such research, too. You could say that many canine studies are “looking for a few good men.”