I have the absolute pleasure of being involved with something very exciting – Generation Pup.
Generation Pup is a groundbreaking new study funded by the Dogs Trust. This study is all about following the lives of puppies as they grow and develop. This is the first study of its kind to look at the health, behaviour and welfare of young dogs over time.
What does it involve?
The study involves owners filling out a series of questionnaires all about the environment, health, welfare, family, behaviour and experiences had by their puppy. There are also exciting opportunities to get involved further. This may be by taking samples (saliva, urine, faeces etc.) or to get involved in behavioural research.
This might involve further questionnaires, telephone interviews or a researcher coming to visit you and filming your puppy. These studies will always be positive and fun. All of this is completely voluntary and you can get involved as much or as little as you like!
Understanding how factors in the lives of puppies might affect development and behaviour as they grow up could be vital in improving the welfare of dogs in the UK and even worldwide. That’s what makes this such a potentially fascinating and important study.
How do I sign up?
Recruitment for this amazing study is ongoing. In order to take part, you simply have to be a resident in the UK and own a puppy aged 16 weeks or younger. All breeds and crossbreeds are welcome! To sign up just head over to the Generation Pup website. Even if you don’t have a puppy, you can still help by spreading the word. The Generation Pup team are happy to send posters and leaflets to help with this.
So no need to wait, get involved now!