The Mourning Dog Questionnaire
If you have had at least two dogs, one of whom died while the other was still alive, you are invited to participate in this web-based online survey. This survey is part of a research study that aims to explore whether and how a dog and his/her owner may experience grief over the loss of a companion dog. If you had more than one remaining dog, and you so wish, you may fill out one form per dog.

It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

This is a research project being conducted by:

Principal Investigators
Dr. Stefania Uccheddu, DVM, Ph.D, Researcher,
Dr. Federica Pirrone, DVM, Ph.D, Researcher, Lecturer of Veterinary Ethology and Animal Welfare, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan (UNIMI), Milan, Italy,

Project co-investigators (alphabetical order)
1) Prof. Mariangela Albertini, DVM, Ph.D, Professor of Physiology and Endocrinology of Domestic Animals, Department
of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan (UNIMI), Milan, Italy
2) Prof. Stanley Coren, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver,
3) Prof. Gonçalo da Graça Pereira, DVM, MsC, Ph.D, Dipl.European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural
Medicine, Director of the Center for Animal Knowledge, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Lisbon,
4) Dr. Loriana De Cataldo, Professional Counselor, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied
Psychology, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
5) Dr. Anouck Haverbeke, DVM, Ph.D, Dipl. European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, Director of
Vetethology, Overijse, Belgium
6) Prof. Daniel Mills, BVSc, Ph.D, FRCVS, Dipl. European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, European
& RCVS, Rm 1W11 Joseph Banks Laboratories, School of Life Sciences University of Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincolnshire,
7) Dr. Ludovica Pierantoni, DVM, MSc, Spec. Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare, Dipl. European College of Animal
Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, Chief Director of the Veterinary Behavior & Consulting Services at CAN Training
Centre, Naples, Italy
8) Dr. Stefanie Riemer, Ph.D, Group Leader Companion Animal Behaviour Group, Division of Animal Welfare DCR-VPHI
Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
9) Prof. Ines Testoni, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology,
University of Padua, Padua, Italy

Thank you for your interest in our survey.
Please read the following before you begin.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty.

You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research study.
There are no foreseeable risks involved in participating in this study other than those encountered in day-to-day life. If you still get very distressed when you think about your loss, then you may wish to consider whether it is appropriate for you to take part at this time.

Your responses will remain anonymous. No one will be able to identify you or your answers, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study. Your data will be treated in compliance with the GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679.
By accepting to complete the Dog Mourning Questionnaire, you confirm that you acknowledge that we will store and otherwise process your information in the countries where we are located (Italy, UK, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Canada), with all ensuring an adequate level of data protection. Dr. Federica Pirrone and Dr. Stefania Uccheddu are the data controllers responsible for the processing of your personal information.
If you do not want us to collect, use or share information about you and your pets as described below, then you should not complete the survey.

When you complete the Dog Mourning Questionnaire, you must provide certain personal information such as your gender, age, municipality of residence, country/region of residence, marital status, household, presence and age of children and education. You must also provide information about your pets such as their age, sexual status, age at death, and behaviour.

Information about you may be used for research and statistical purposes.
We may use the information collected about you and your pets to conduct research supporting the development of new scientific knowledge related to animal behaviour and human-animal interactions.
Statistical analysis will be used in support of scientific research. This analysis will not involve any personal identifying data, such as names etc.

Data will be retained for an indeterminate period, until the research results are fully published. Once all the results are published, we have a 10 year grace period after which we remove all data from our servers.

You can request, by emailing us at or, that your data and all your survey responses be deleted up until the point where it is processed into any anonymised form, after this point we will not be able to identify individuals.

We have appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control from unauthorized access, use and disclosure and accidental loss.
Unfortunately, no method of transmission over the internet or method of electronic storage is completely secure. Therefore, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

For questions about how your personal information may be used, please contact Dr. Federica Pirrone or Dr. Stefania Uccheddu by email at and

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