Purdue Canine Behavior Research

Our goal is to understand the behavioral health in dogs by studying normal and pathological canine behaviors. Therefore, recruiting various type of dogs to participate in our behavior research would be helpful to understand the causal factors of behavior disorders.  We are creating a database of potential participants to be selected for upcoming studies in which they meet all inclusion criteria. All participation is voluntary. We appreciate your interest to support canine behavior research.

Current Studies


We run several projects and each project may require different types (ages, breeds, sex, behavior characteristics, etc.) of dogs. Therefore, we will contact you when the project matches you and your dog based on the information we will receive from you about your dog through our online registration form.

We will explain the details (procedure, test protocol, etc.) about the project when we contact you and at that time depending on your interest, you may decide whether or not you would like your dog to participate in the study.
When we set the schedule for your dog, we will do our best to work with all parties involved to find a good time for each test session.

Behavior test sessions and sample collection

Depending on the study, each visit takes around 30 mins to 1.5hrs. In addition to behavior testing, some studies request to video-record the dog’s behaviors at your home and/or obtain biological samples (urine, saliva or blood, etc.) from your dog.
All tests and sample collections have been approved by the ethical committee of Purdue University.

Please remember you can reject a particular request/study from your dog or withdraw your dog from the database at any time.

If we feel your dog may need further evaluation or if you have any concern or questions about your dog’s behavior, we can discuss these issues at a later time outside of the study sample collection appointment.

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