Thank you for taking part in this survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

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* 1. Hello and thank you very much for taking part in this new field of research. Your responses are hugely appreciated!

At the University of Lincoln, we are looking at how the lives and behaviours of dog-owners differ from people who don't own dogs. By completing this survey you are helping us to better understand the relationship between pets and their owners - but you don't have to be a pet-owner to take part since we want to compare pet-owners to non-owners.

In an attempt to boost responses please help us by inviting a friend or two to take part as well - the more the merrier! 

This survey is made up of 3 different sections. The first simply asks for some background information from you. The second will ask you some questions about how satisfied you are with various aspects of your life. The third section will ask you about the people you like to talk to about various topics.

In order to be eligible for this survey you must be over 18 years old and have been in a stable relationship with the same partner for at least 6 months. Some of the questions are directed at dog owners. You do not need to be a dog owner to take part in this survey but if you are, then please answer in the 'Dog Owner' row provided in Section C. Further instructions will be provided throughout the survey. In order to qualify as a dog owner for this survey, you must have owned your dog for at least 6 months. If you own more than one dog, then please answer for the dog you feel closest to.

All information provided by you is anonymous and will only be used by the researchers in this project. No information will be passed on to a third party and all answers will be stored securely.

This survey should take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete, so please take your time, read each question carefully and do not rush.
Your participation is completely voluntary and you may leave the survey at any point if you do not wish to continue.

Please indicate your consent to take part in the survey by placing an "x" in the box below.
I am over 18 years of age. I have read and understood the nature of this study and am giving my voluntary consent to take part.

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* 2. Are you willing to take part in our follow-up survey in about 8 weeks time? If you are selected, you will be asked to complete the same survey again for reliability purposes. If you are willing, please provide us with your email address. If you would rather not, then leave the box blank.

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