Is Your Dog Happy?
This in from the Evening Times.
Test will measure how happy your dog is
THEY say it’s a dog’s life – and now pet owners will be able to measure how pleased their pooch really is thanks to a team at Glasgow University Vet School.
Dr Lesley Wiseman and her colleagues have created the first questionnaire to allow owners to measure an animal’s “quality of life” using behavioural trends.
The team compared the behaviour of dogs being treated for arthritis with dogs with a clean bill of health. They detailed the common traits of a dog in pain and a happy dog, using them as inspiration for the poll. Owners are asked to asses how clingy their pet is on a scale of 0-6 or how comfort seeking, detached and independent the dog was.
The animal is given a score for 13 behaviour domains, such as mobility, appetite and calmness.
The questionnaire, developed using psychometric principles by the vet school’s Pain and Welfare Research Group, is the first of its kind devoted to animal welfare.
It is hoped the questionnaire will be available to owners next year. Tests for cats and other animals are being planned.
Professor Jacky Reid said: “Initially it will be used to identify dogs in chronic pain, but we believe it can be developed to measure quality of life.”