For the past four years, I have been busy monitoring lots of your agility dogs to see just how they cope with the excitement and anticipation of competing in new situations, paying particular attention to what happens behaviourally and physiologically whilst they are standing in the queue. This work is also aiding identification of environmental, physical and social factors at shows that may influence competing dog welfare.
The research will furthermore highlight to the general public that dog agility is proactive and seeking to understand how sporting canines cope in these environments. It is hoped that by the end of the study, information packs will also be made available to help owners identify and address early behavioural signs displayed by dogs who may perhaps be finding agility a little overwhelming, thus improving their own dogs welfare at organized shows.
The survey should only take you about 5 minutes to complete and all your responses are completely anonymous. Many of you I know have more than one competing dog and each dog has its own personality. With this in mind please answer the questionnaire with a specific dog in mind...if you would like to complete a questionnaire for each of your dogs that would be greatly appreciated, the more information we have, the better informed we become. If you have any questions about the survey, or, would like any more information about our work, please feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org