Current Studies


We are currently looking for volunteers to participate in the following study opportunities for dogs & cats!

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MicrobEscherichiaColi_NIAIDiome & Behavior

 Your dogs stool (aka poop) could help inform new scientific discoveries!We are currently collecting stool & basic health/behavioral information from dogs as part of an open citizen science project- meaning you and your dog can participate from the comfort of your own home! We want your dog’s stool!

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Oxytocin, Attachment & Separation Anxiety

Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone that is involved in bond formation in social relationships. We are currently looking for participants to explore the effects of oxytocin on attachment & to discover whether it can be used to help in the treatment of separation anxiety in dogs.

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IMG_20151225_075914859Attentional States and Dog Gazing

Does your dog “beg” for food? Ever wonder if dogs can tell when we’re looking at them? We are currently looking for pet dogs to participate in an attentional state study. Enroll your dog today!

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Cognition and The Game of Fetch

Does your dog love to play fetch? Does your dog have experience playing sports such as Flyball or Frisbee? The HAI Lab is studying whether fetch can be used to train dogs on a task. Contact us today! 

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Kitten Training, Socialization, & Behavior

Think you can’t train cats? Think again! The OSU HAI lab offers FREE kitten training class for owners of kittens aged 3-8 months. Kittens socialize and play with one another and meet new people (and you meet other cat owners!) Learn how to use clicker training and positive reinforcement to work on problem behaviors and teach kittens to: Sit, Come when called, Go to mat & stay, Walk on harness & leash, Target, Stand Up, and High jump. The HAI lab is also seeking participants with kittens 3-8 months old to participate in tests that explore their kitten’s social behavior and the human-cat bond.  

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Cat-Human Bond

Have you ever wanted to learn more about your cat’s behavior?  We are looking for adult cats and their owners to participate in a short research session in our lab that examines your cat’s social behavior towards humans. In order to participate your cats should be at least one year old.

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