Seperation Anxiety Research
I have been asked, through the kennel to pass this advert around :-
WANTED: Labrador & Golden retriever volunteers for a research project
My name is Diane van Rooy. I am a veterinarian undertaking a Masters
research project on genetics of separation-related distress in dogs. Affected
dogs show physical and behavioural signs of distress in the absence of their
owner, with the most common signs being barking, howling, destruction,
pacing, house soiling, escape attempts and self trauma. Anyone who has had
a dog with separation-related distress knows how devastating it can be for
both dog and owner.
If we can identify the genes involved, we can potentially help breeders select
against the disorder. We could identify at-risk dogs before they show signs,
possibly preventing the onset with early management. This project could even
help develop more specific medications to improve the quality of life of
We are looking to recruit Labradors and Golden retrievers and we need dogs
that show signs of separation related distress and those that do not.
We will ask you to fill in a questionnaire that will assist us to determine if your
dog will be helpful to our research. Depending upon your responses in the
questionnaire we may also be collecting a DNA sample (cheek swab) from
your dog. This procedure will cause minimal discomfort to your pet.
Anyone happy to be involved can email me at email@example.com or
phone 0423 087 823.
This project is being carried out by The Faculty of
Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney
Border River Pet Resort