Although it is known how cultural identity affects behaviours among the human population, it is still unknown whether this notion can be applied to man’s best friend.
A study is being conducted by three universities, which aims to find out if cultural differences exist among dogs, by looking at how canines from different countries react to various problems.
The University of Lincoln is appealing for dog owners to bring their pets for a ‘play date’ where they will take part in new, mentally challenging experiences. Researchers from the School of Life Sciences will then compare and contrast their reactions.
The test sessions are scheduled to take place at the University’s Riseholme campus between 10 January and 25 March 2013.
The researchers are specifically looking for Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers and other medium-and large-sized purebreed dogs such as Cocker Spaniels and Huskies, due to the size and weight of toys being used. They must also be kept as pets, mainly indoors, be at least one year old and have the potential to be motivated to work for food.
If you and your dog would like to take part please contact Dóra Szabó at email@example.com