These Scientists Want You To Play With Your Dog!

As you probably know, Eko and I are amateur scientists.  Unlicensed pumpkin surgeons to be exact.

rhodesian ridgeback, dog adventure

Scapel. Check.

That’s why I was amazed to learn about the Horrowitz Dog Cognition Lab in New York City.  The Lab studies the behavior and cognition of domestic dogs and has published research on a wide number of interesting canine considerations.  I found out about the Horrowitz Lab because of their most recent study – a study which may rank as the most fun ever conducted in the history of science.  Project: Play With Your Dog is exactly what it sounds like.  There are a large number of studies about how dogs play with each other, but now the Horrowitz Lab wants to catalog the different ways dogs play with humans.  Man, science sure is awesome!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, dog adventure

Eko likes to play chicken with me

The best part is that the lab is looking for people to submit short videos of them playing with their dog.  To join the study all you have to do is complete a short survey and submit a 30-60 second video of you and your dog playing.  That’s it!  Eko and I are off to the park with the video camera to record us playing….er, I mean, record us conducting an important science experiment   We’ll share our research video in a post tomorrow.

 If you join in the fun/science be sure to let me know so I can check out your video.

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