Is your dog loud?
Welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to complete our questionnaire. By providing us with information about your dog’s vocalizations, you are assisting research at the Ethology Department at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. We hope you will also find this questionnaire interesting. Perhaps this is the the first time you’ve thought about your dog's vocalizations—when they growl, whine, bark, woof/cough (this is a muffled growl-bark, a low pitched soft burst of air through a partially opened mouth, single, short and noisy) or howl—and why they make those sounds.

If you have more than one dog, please complete a separate questionnaire for each of your dogs. The only condition to participate is that you, the owner, know the dog well, so it is a requirement that, when completing the questionnaire about a dog, you have lived with that dog for at least a couple of months.

Finally, if there is a red star next to a question, it means that the question must be answered. If there is no red star, then that question is optional. All the provided data will be handled confidentially and used only for research purposes.

The name of the dog: *
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The breed of the dog: *
If the dog is not a specific breed, please write MIXED
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The dog's date of birth: *
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The sex of the dog: *
Is the dog spayed/neutered? *
Where do you keep the dog? *
Please choose ONE or MORE from the list below.
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If your dog has any behavioural problem, then what kind of behavioral problems does your dog have? *
You can choose MORE THAN ONE answer
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How would you rate your relationship with your dog? *
Please choose from 1 to 7
Very bad
Perfect
Where did you get your dog? *
Your name: *
First and last name please
Your answer
Your contact information: *
E-mail address
Your answer
Your gender: *
City/town and country where you live: *
Your answer
How many dogs do you presently own and what are their ages? *
Please write the name of the dog and give the age of the dog in ( ) after the name (for example: Spot (5), Rover (3), Sam (12) )
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Does your dog make any vocalization while begging for food? *
You can choose MORE THAN ONE option from the list below.
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Does your dog make any vocalization while playing? *
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Does your dog make any vocalization when left alone somewhere? *
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Does your dog make any vocalization when seeing a cat? *
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Does your dog make any vocalization when seeing another dog? *
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In general, how often does your dog bark? *
Not too often (rarely barks)
Very often (barks a lot)
Does your dog bark when tied up somewhere (for example at the park, in front of the store, or when left alone)? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog bark when a stranger or unfamiliar person comes to the house or to the gate? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog bark before going for a walk, when you take out the leash or when you speak about going for a walk? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog bark when playing (for example while chasing, wrestling, tug of war)? *
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Does your dog bark in a guarding/protecting manner (for example, if the dog is on-leash and somebody 'threatens' you)? *
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Does your dog bark when begging for food or a toy? *
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Does your dog bark when you leave him/her in a room or you leave him/her alone anywhere else? *
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Does your dog bark for no apparent reason? *
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In general, how often does your dog howl? *
Not too often
Very often
Does your dog howl when hearing a siren (see the list below)? *
You can choose MORE THAN ONE option from the list below.
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How often does your dog howl in response to a siren from the list above? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog howl when hearing music? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog howl if left at home (not necessarily alone)? *
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Does your dog howl when left home alone? (nobody else is home) *
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If you have multiple dogs, does the dog you're completing the questionnaire about howl when left alone and the other dog(s) are taken out? *
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Does your dog howl when hearing a familiar dog howling? *
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Does your dog howl when hearing another (not familiar) dog howling? *
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Does your dog howl when left locked in or at a strange place? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog howl when tied up at a strange place? *
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Does your dog howl for no apparent reason? *
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Does your dog first start barking and then continue into howling? *
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Is it the case that you don't usually hear your dog howling but others (neighbors or family members who stay at home when you leave) say that your dog howls while you are gone? *
In general, how often does your dog growl? *
Not too often
Very often
Does your dog growl if anyone (from the list below) approaches or touches him/her? *
Please choose those options that apply.
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Does your dog growl when you approach them while they are eating? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl if any family member approaches them while they are eating from their bowl? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl when a stranger or an unfamiliar person approaches them while they are eating from their bowl? *
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Does your dog growl when another dog approaches them while they are eating? *
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Does your dog growl when any family member approaches while the dog is chewing a bone? *
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Does your dog growl when a stranger or an unfamiliar person approaches while the dog is chewing a bone? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl when another dog approaches them while they are chewing a bone? *
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Does your dog growl when you approach while they are playing with their favorite toy? *
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Does your dog growl when a family member approaches while they are playing with their favorite toy? *
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Does your dog growl when a stranger or an unfamiliar person approaches them while they are playing with their favorite toy? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl when another dog approaches them while they are playing with their favorite toy? *
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Does your dog growl when a stranger or an unfamiliar person approaches them? *
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Does your dog growl when another dog approaches them? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl when a stranger tries to touch them? *
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Does your dog growl when a family member tries to touch them? *
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Does your dog growl when you try to touch them? *
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Does your dog growl when begging for food or a toy? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl while playing tug-of-war with a person? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl while playing tug-of-war with another dog? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl during play (for example chasing or wrestling), with a person? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl during play ( for example chasing or wrestling), with another dog? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog growl for no apparent reason? *
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In general, how often does your dog whine? *
Not too often
Very often
Does your dog whine if left alone or tied up somewhere? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog whine if scolded or punished? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog whine when really happy about something (for example food, play, walk)? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog whine when excited about something (for example another dog, cat)? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog whine when you come home or see them after being away? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog whine when sad because of something? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog whine if ill, or if in pain? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog whine for no apparent reason? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
In general, how often does your dog cough/woof? *
a muffled growl-bark, a low pitched soft burst of air through a partially opened mouth, single short and noisy
Not too often
Very often
Does your dog cough/woof if another dog is approaching them? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof if a stranger or an unfamiliar person is approaching them? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof if begging for food or a toy? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof if approached by a person while eating? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof if approached by a dog while eating? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof if trying to take another dog's food? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof if trying to take another dog's toy? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof when playing with a person? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof when playing with another dog? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Does your dog cough/woof for no apparent reason? *
Please choose only one option from the list below.
Would you like to provide a DNA sample of your dog for genetic analysis regarding the inherited traits of vocalization?
You can easily collect DNA samples from your dog (see the pictures below). If you agree to provide your dog's sample please follow these steps and ship the dried swabs together with the essential information about the dog (name, age, sex, breed, etc. we use these data to pair the questionnaire results with the samples) in an envelope to the following address:

Peter Pongracz, Department of Ethology, Budapest, Pazmany Peter stny. 1/C Hungary, 1117-H.

If you filled the questionnaire about multiple dogs, please pack their samples and info separately and put them together in one envelope.

You have reached the final section of the questionnaire. By clicking on the 'submit' button at the bottom of the page you can send us your answers. If you notice that the questionnaire was not sent, you possibly missed a question. If this happens, please scroll through the questionnaire one more time. Thank you for your time and for contributing to our research.
If you have any comments on the questionnaire, or on your dog's vocalization habits, please feel free to write them down in the textbox below. If you have any further questions, please contact Péter Pongrácz at (peter.celeste.pongracz@gmail.com).
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