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Healthy Dogs Needed – Longitudinal Study of Cognition and Emotion

Does your dog love new games and mental challenges? Would they like to be a part of cutting-edge research? Join the canine braniac squad and receive report cards, free toys, free well check exams, free bloodwork, and a doggy diploma with polaroid upon study completion.

Study Description

The Comparative Behavioral Research Lab at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is recruiting healthy dogs for a longitudinal study. The purpose of our study is to comprehensively compare healthy and osteoarthritic dogs, with a focus on cognitive function, and emotion. Through physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations, along with owner questionnaires, dogs in the control population will be screened and identified as healthy. After screening, specific cognitive tasks will be employed to assess attention, memory, processing speed, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility. Additionally, your dog’s affect will be evaluated through cognitive tasks and an owner questionnaire. This study seeks to enhance our understanding of the impact of osteoarthritis on canine health and well-being, ultimately contributing to improved diagnostics and interventions for this prevalent condition.


  • Must be healthy
  • Must weigh over 15kg/33lb
  • Must be ≥ 1 year old
  • Must be food motivated

How to Enroll

To enroll your dog and confirm eligibility, please proceed to the sign up page.

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Principal Investigators

Dr. Zoe Loh

Dr. Duncan Lascelles

Dr. Margaret Gruen