When do dogs start to age?
With this questionnaire we aim to explore how the dogs' behaviour changes with age, and when different dog breeds and breed types start to show symptoms of ageing.
All dog owners are welcome to participate, independently of their dogs' age and breed!
The questionnaire is completely anonymous, and takes 5 - 10 minutes to fill in (including 17 required and 11 optional questions).
In your opinion, is your dog old? *
Do you see any signs of ageing in your dog, independently of its actual age?
Dog's date of birth *
in dd.mm.yyyy. format. If you are not sure, please give your best estimation of at least the year
Your answer
Breed of the dog *
In the case of cross-breed dogs, if you know your dog's parents, please indicate their breed! If you have a mixed breed dog and you have no idea of the breed mix, then write "Mixed breed".
Your answer
Please rate your dog on the following characteristics
Please consider the last 6 months when answering the questions!
Reactivity: how strongly or how fast your dog reacts to different stimuli (e.g. strange sound, new object, doorbell, etc.) *
1: barely responsive, does not seem to be interested - 10: reacts immediately or strongly to almost everything
Activity: how much your dog likes to move around and participate in different types of activities? *
1: quite lazy / apathetic, would rather just sleep the whole day - 10: highly energetic, always on the go
Learning ability: how quick is your dog to learn new tasks / actions? *
1: very slow, seems to have difficulties with learning anything new - 10: learns very fast, needs only a little practice to get a new task
Motivation: how easy is it to motivate your dog to perform a task? *
1: very hard to motivate him/her, not much interested in food or toys - 10: very easily motivated, would do anything for a treat or its favourite toy
Playfulness: how much your dog likes to play with toys or with others? *
1: not interested in playing at all - 10: always eager and ready to play
Working performance: how reliable your dog performs tasks he/she has already learned? *
1: not reliable, he/she does not seem to remember what he/she already learned - 10: once he/she learned something, he/she performs it reliably, no matter what
Social behaviour towards you: how much affection your dog shows towards you? *
1: not much, does not seek petting or cuddling, does not really greet me when I arrive home - 10: very much, constantly seeks and enjoys being petted and cuddled
Social behaviour towards strangers: how friendly your dog is towards strangers? *
1: fearful or aggressive towards strangers, rather avoids them if he/she can - 10: very friendly to strangers, eager to approach them and seeks interaction
Social behaviour towards other dogs: how friendly your dog is towards other dogs? *
1: fearful or aggressive towards other dogs, rather avoids them if he/she can - 10: very friendly to other dogs, eager to approach them and seeks interaction
Symptoms of ageing
Here are a number of symptoms that may or may not affect your dog as he/she ages. Please use the numbers and definitions in the following table to indicate how frequently each symptom happens to your dog. Please consider the last 6 months when answering the questions!

1: never seen it happen
2: happened at least once within the last 6 months
3: happens at least once per month
4: happens several times per month
5: happens several times a week

How often does it happen that your dog… *
gets lost in familiar places
seems to be clumsy (knocks items accidentally, stumbles on the stairs, gets stuck somewhere (under the bed, in a corner))
gets frightened by familiar people, does not recognise them
changes in sleeping habits (restless during night, or sleeps more than usual during daytime)
elimination problems (has “accidents” in the house, or eliminates at uncommon locations)
Dog name
Your answer
Sex of the dog
Height at the shoulder (approximately, in cm)
Your answer
Weight of the dog (approximately, in kg)
Your answer
Where does your dog normally spend most of its time?
How many actions / tasks can your dog currently perform reliably on command (such as sit, stay, etc.)?
Please consider the last 6 months when answering this question
Does your dog have a daily routine, for example, for feeding time, walks, play, or sleep time?
In your opinion, does your dog have hearing problems?
In your opinion, does your dog have vision problems?
Does your dog have health problems? (Do not include sensory problems here)
For example, aching joints (arthritis), dysplasia, epilepsy, tumors, etc.
Has your dog experienced a traumatic event, which could still have an effect on its behaviour?
multiple answers are possible
Country of residence
Your answer
Thank you for your participation!
For more information about the project please visit our website: https://familydogproject.elte.hu/senior-family-dog-project
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