Tufts professor seeking participants for canine behavior study


Nicholas Dodman, co-founder of the Center for Canine Behavior Studies, aims to expand his research.

After 35 years at Tufts University and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, DVA, DACVAA, DACVB, has retired but will remain a professor emeritus at Tufts, according to a university release. This will allow him to spend more time researching canine behavior as the chief scientific officer for the Center for Canine Behavior Studies (CCBS), which Dr. Dodman founded in 2014.

The CCBS team has developed a new canine behavior study that consists of two phases, the release states. The first phase is now seeking participation from veterinarians and dog owners. Any owner can participate by filling out an online survey that will remain open until Jan. 15, 2018. The second phase will be a follow-up survey of pet owners who identified in the first survey that their dog had behavior problems.

The CCBS team recently expanded with the addition behavior consultants Barbara Dwyer, BS, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, CTC, Donna Gleason, MA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, and Vivian Zottola, MS, CBCC, CSAT, CPDT-KA.

Dodman and his colleagues intend to substantially increase CCBS research efforts through more scientifically designed and peer-reviewed canine research, and plan to secure funding to obtain data analysis support from Qualtrics Stats iQ, the release says.

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