Animal people LOVE to talk about their pets. I should know, I’m one of them! But I also know that sometimes it’s hard to find an audience. “Normal” people aren’t particularly interested in hearing stories about my pets’ health, behavior and adorableness. And my colleagues in animal welfare have heard so many stories already, I cannot possibly inflict upon them even one more “you won’t believe what Rocky did this morning” narrative! “Yeah, yeah, your dog acts like a dog, so what?”
If you’re one of the millions of dog owners who, like me, loves to share stories about your dog – I have the perfect outlet for you. Check out www.dogtalkproject.com.
The Dog Talk Project is an online survey and data collection program that studies the relationships between people and their dogs. The premise of Dog Talk is simple – it seeks to explore the details of relationships between dogs and their people by creating and distributing owner surveys that examine a wide variety of dog-related topics. Information collected through the surveys is organized into a continually expanding database, which is then used to answer questions about dogs' lives, their health care, nutrition, behavior, training, and their relationships with the other dogs and the people in their lives.
So if you want to talk about your dog - and see how your dog-related experiences and perceptions compare to other talkative dog owners around the world - check out the Dog Talk Project.
As an animal-welfare advocate, I'm happy to see the Dog Talk Project underway. It's hard to get good data on the perceptions and habits of pet owners, apart from "market research" data collected by the retail industry. This type of project could provide useful information and insights on the human-animal bond and pet-owner beliefs and experiences. I hope some day there is a Cat Talk Project too!
The Dog Talk Project is a project of Mahomet based, Autumn Gold Consulting.