Find out about our animal behaviour, cognition and welfare research and how you can get involved

How you can help

There are two main ways in which you could help out with our research at the University of Lincoln. Firstly, you can visit our surveys page to find out if there are any active surveys to take part in - we often need both pet owners and non-pet owners to fill these out so please tell your pet and non-pet owning friends and keep checking the site regularly for new surveys.

We are also looking for dogs to take part in our pioneering and welfare-friendly research into dog behaviour. Projects undertaken by the university have worldwide significance in progressing our understanding of dogs and have featured on programmes such as BBC's Horizon and in the news as far afield as The New York Times.

The type of activities that your dog could get involved in are usually found in one of three categories:

Observational
Observational

These projects often involve simply watching your dog in certain situations or circumstances. You might be amazed at what your dog can teach us!

Behaviour / Training tasks
Behaviour / Training tasks

These projects typically involve your dog being trained a new skill. Most dogs find these tasks to be great fun and very rewarding!

Training skills practicals
Training skills practicals

These are student based practicals. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students hone their training skills by handling and teaching dogs various tasks. Your dog could possibly be trained to do some great tricks!


There are no restrictions on who can sign up to be part of the on-going, exciting and ground-breaking research. By signing up you are not committing to take part - we will simply contact you to give you the opportunity if a suitable activity comes up. Any amount of time that you can give, small or large is hugely valuable to us. Your details will be securely stored with strictly limited access and you can opt out at any time. So why wait, register your details to take part now by visiting our sign up page!

If you would like to find out more before signing up, please visit our FAQ page or use the details on the contact us page to get in touch.