Animal charity wants you to watch videos of dogs and give feedback for science

An animal charity is appealing for help and wants you to stop what you’re doing to watch dog videos – for science.

Dogs Trust are conducting research on how well people understand dogs, their feelings, and their emotions.

To do so, they want members of the public to watch five videos of dogs before answering questions on what they have seen.

They say to take part you don’t need to be a dog owner – or even have to like dogs – just have the time to watch the videos and give feedback.

The charity hope that the data from the survey, which takes around 15 minutes to complete, will help dog welfare and public safety around dogs in the UK.

A spokesperson said: “Dogs Trust are conducting a research project to explore how people interpret dogs’ body language, the emotions they might associate with it, and how they might respond to it.

“This is important for understanding which key messages Dogs Trust need to promote in our work to support dog welfare and public safety around dogs in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

“As part of this survey, we will ask questions on your views of how dogs communicate through body language but will also offer a free and optional opportunity at the end to learn a bit more about dog behaviour.

“You do not need to own a dog to take part in this survey, you do not even need to like dogs.

“If you choose to take part, the survey involves watching five videos of dogs and scoring the behaviours you see, as well as what you think each dog is feeling.

“After each video you will also be asked a few questions about whether you found the video easy or difficult to score, and how you personally felt in response to the video.

“Towards the end of the survey, we will ask you to fill in a few details about your experience with dogs and your lifestyle.

“Following this, should you wish to find out more about the dog behaviours you saw in the videos, you will have the optional opportunity to view a short dog behaviour tutorial providing some more information on the dogs’ body language and emotions.”