We are part of a Harvard-Tufts research team studying whether dogs are able to control their voice pitch when howling along to certain sounds. This study is done remotely by your taking videos of your dog. Owners of all breeds of dogs are invited to fill out a simple survey about your dog’s howling behavior. Owners of Samoyeds, Shiba Inus, and Singing Dogs are invited to fill out the survey and also send us a small set of videos (each taken on a different day): 3 of your dog howling to her/his howl-triggering sound, 3 howling to this sound shifted up in pitch, and 3 howling to this sound shifted down in pitch. We will provide you with these different versions of the sound. Dogs that complete the study will get a diploma in canine musical studies, and (if you want) we will share videos of them howling on our lab’s social media.
1. First, please fill out the interest form below.
2. Next, please click here to complete a consent form. The form may have information about additional studies that don’t apply to your dog.
3. After you complete the consent form, you will see a link to a survey for the Howling Study. Please fill out that survey.
4. When you have completed the Howling Study survey, if your dog is a Samoyed, Shiba Inu, or Singing dog and you have indicated that you would like to record videos, we will email you to send you instructions.
If your dog is not one of these breeds but you are still interested in recording videos, you are welcome to indicate this on the survey and we will note your interest for potential future data collection.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re excited to hear from you and your dog!