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


Staff and student researchers at the University of Lincoln often carry out survey questionnaires in order to answer all sorts of questions about how we interact with animals and interpret their behaviour.

Please check this page regularly to find out if there are any active surveys.

Click on the survey title to take part (this will take you to another site).

Current Surveys

A Closer Look at Separation Related Problems in the Dog

University of Lincoln

Owners of dogs that show any of the following signs of separation anxiety: Depression/sadness, destructiveness, vocalisation (whining, barking or howling) or house soiling.

20-25 minutes

This study is being conducted as collaboration between the University of Lincoln, UK and the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Kosice, Slovakia.
This questionnaire is designed to improve our understanding of the dog’s behaviour in the owner’s absence. Destructiveness, vocalisation and house soiling are among the most common complaints of dog owners, frequently resulting in the breakdown of the human-animal bond and, in some cases, even leading to surrender and abandonment. By taking the time to fill out this questionnaire you will be helping to improve our knowledge on this important subject which may help us develop more effective treatments.

Take part

Self-disclosure with dogs

University of Lincoln

Dog owners in a stable, long-term realtionship. Both your human relationship and dog-ownership should have lasted at least six months.

15-30 minutes

The purpose of this survey is to assess your tendency to reveal certain thoughts, feelings and emotions to two different individuals; your long term human partner/spouse versus your dog.

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Cat Owner Survey

Lauren Finka

Adult cat owners who currently own and live with at least one cat

10 - 15 minutes

This questionnaire is part of an on-going feline welfare-based research project conducted by the University of Lincoln and sponsored by International Cat Care and the Centre Of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE).

Take part