DO we judge a book by its cover when it comes to dogs? How well do we interpret dogs simply by their appearance?
An Australian research group is exploring this question and looking to recruit participants to help.
The Anthrozoology Research Group is trying to understand what makes our relationships with companion animals succeed or fail in order to make life better for people and animals.
The current research project, Perceptions of Dog Personality and Appearance, involves looking at a photograph of a dog and responding to descriptions regarding the dog’s physical appearance and personality.
The same dog appears on more than six pages of a questionnaire and participants are asked to rate the dog on 52 traits – physical traits such as friendly, fearful and playful, and personality traits such as relaxed, tenacious, hyperactive, biddable and intelligent.
There is no immediate feedback on how we’ve done in this canine quiz, but a summary of the combined results of the study will be available upon request from at the completion of the research project.
To find out more or participate in the study, visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/anthrozoologyresearchgroup
In other canine developments, there is a new app called Poo Power, which uses satellite GPS to help fight back against dog poo on the streets.
Developed in Victoria, the iphone app enables a satellite system to pinpoint locations and update a map of dog poo hot spots.
Collated photos and locations of poo hotspots can be sent to local councils to help in the fight against non-scooping owners.
The app provides real- time data on dog waste and dog owners’ behaviour, valuable information to councils and water authorities and other hard-working poo fighters.
Developer Duncan Chew has taken it one step further in an innovative project that uses dog waste as a source of renewable energy, to be used to light public dog parks – recycling at its best.