Participant Recruitment

We are currently recruiting participants for the following studies:

Companion Rabbit Survey – the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Description: Participants will answer some questions about themselves, their rabbits, and the rabbit owning experience – the good, the bad, and the ugly! The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. This study is part of Carol Tinga’s PhD research at the Ontario Veterinary College which focuses on understanding social and environmental factors related to people and their companion rabbits. 

Inclusion criteria:

  • Participant must be at least 18 years old with financial and care responsibilities (“owners”) for at least one companion rabbit.
  • The rabbit has to be at least 6 months old, not currently a foster rabbit, not used for breeding, and participants have to have owned the rabbit for at least 3 months.

To participate please visit: https://uoguel.ph/companionrabbitsurvey  


Puppy Development Video Project

Description: This is a cohort study that aims to determine how competitive behaviour develops in litters of puppies. It includes submission of a video of the litter nursing at 3 weeks of age, eating solid food at 6 weeks of age and playing at 6 weeks of age. These videos will be followed with completion of a short survey about management practices. Option to pass along information to future owners to complete a final survey about puppy behaviour at 6 months of age.

Inclusion criteria:

  • By legal definition the owner of a dog that will have a litter of puppies in the next 12 months
    • Note that you do not need to be a regular breeder of dogs to participate. Participation from individuals who occasionally breed their family dog or whose dog accidentally got pregnant and is having a litter of puppies are also encouraged to respond.
  • A current resident of Canada or the United States

For further information or to participate please reach out to us at companion.welfare@uoguelph.ca

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Management of breeding dogs and puppies in Canada and the United States

Description: This is a series of surveys that aim to determine how dog breeders are managing bitches and puppy care prior to sale/adoption.

Inclusion criteria:

  • By legal definition the owner of a dog that has had a litter of puppies in the past three years
    • Note that you do not need to be a regular breeder of dogs to participate. Responses from individuals who occasionally breed their family dog or whose dog accidentally got pregnant and had a litter of puppies are also encouraged to respond.
  • A current resident of Canada or the United States

For further information on participation please click here.

Survey 1: Puppy Management

To participate please go to: https://uoguel.ph/puppysurvey1general

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Survey 2: Puppy Resource Management

To participate please go to: https://uoguel.ph/puppyresourcemanagementgeneral


A community science approach to understanding kitten behaviour

This survey is now closed! Thank you very much to everyone that participated, and we will post a summary of the results to our website and to our Facebook page once the project is complete.


Identification of Kitten Behaviour

This survey is now closed! Thank you very much to everyone that participated, and we will post a summary of the results to our website and to our Facebook page once the project is complete.


Cat Owner Petting Project

This project is now complete! Thank you very much to everyone that participated, and we will post a summary of the results to our website and to our Facebook page once the project is complete.