The Canine Arthritis and Emotion Study is a project being carried out at the University of Bristol Vet School by a team of behaviour researchers and vets. We aim to find out more about how dogs are affected by osteoarthritis (OA). It is known that OA can have an emotional impact on human patients, and we want to find out if this is the case in dogs.
We will be training dogs to perform a simple behavioural task and using this to see how motivated they are to search for treats. The task involves teaching dogs to flip a cardboard lid off a bowl using their nose to find treats hidden inside. The training will be carried out in your home by two researchers, and usually takes 1.5-2 hours.
We will also ask you to bring your dog to the vet school for a full clinical examination by a vet– this will include the use of a specialised pressure sensor to measure joint sensitivity; you will need to leave your dog with us for ~ 1hour.
To say thank you for your time, you will be given a £10 John Lewis voucher. If we have to come to your home a second time in order to finish training your dog then we will give you a second £10 voucher.