Is your dog interested in participating in our virtual studies?


Our canine cognition research takes the form of short, interactive games and training exercises that are designed to be fun and engaging to dogs. We record dogs’ actions when interacting with people, toys, and puzzles, and the choices they make to learn more about their understanding of the world. Currently, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve adapted our studies so that you and your dog can participate from your home! In our virtual studies, one of our researchers will video conference with you and your dog and guide you through one of our studies. In your new role as a canine cognition experimenter, you will engage in one of our short, interactive games with your dog while one of our researchers observes over video conferencing. The objects you will use in your virtual experiment are household items, such as plates, post-it notes (or similar), and dog treats.



To participate in our research studies, your dog: ​

  • must be up to date on rabies vaccinations (we will need to see a valid tag or certificate upon visiting the lab)
  • must be generally healthy at the time of participation
  • must not have a record of aggression towards humans
  • ​must be 4 months or older

If you are interested in registering your dog with the lab, please fill out our online questionnaire so we can get to know a bit more about your dog! Our studies currently take place over Zoom video conferencing, but we hope to soon meet you and your dog in person for lab-based studies as well.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions about participating in our research studies. If you still have questions, contact us!