Treats have long been used as motivators in dog training, but can dogs resist the temptation of an immediate reward in the hope of receiving a larger one later on?
This premise of delayed gratification has long been investigated in human psychology but animal behaviourists are now hoping to gain a greater insight into how dogs exert self discipline.
Stefanie Riemer will be carrying out research in this area at the University of Lincoln over the next three months; a number of dogs are needed to take part in the study.
All breeds of dog aged one year and over are welcome to take part in this study. Dogs need to be extremely food-motivated and enjoy working for rewards. Experience with clicker training would be an advantage, but is not essential.
Around five appointments are needed; sessions are flexible and can include evenings and weekends.
If you would like to find out more, or take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 07442 757074.