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My dogs level of excitement, aggression and behavior have changed significantly over time with age, experiences and training. Should I retake certain surveys to reflect this?
Yes you are more than welcome to retake the surveys if you feel your dogs behavior has changed!
To retake any of the surveys, please first go to “My Laboratory” and on your dogs profile you will see on the right hand side “View Surveys”. A list of all 21 surveys will appear below, and you will see in pink test “re-take”.
Thank you for checking in with us first! Have fun!
As a side note (not saying you need this Michelle), if any of our participants are experiencing difficulties with training or have noticed drastic changes in their dogs behaviors that are a concern, we have been working closely with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
The IAABC has behavioral consultants around the world, who are highly trained and happy to help you and you best friend!
When you retake a survey, are both the old and the new answers maintained in your dataset? If so, are there any plans to look at the role of genetics in how behaviour may change over time, for example, how elastic behaviour could be with training?
Insightful question — that is exactly what we do: both old and new answers are saved with a timestamp. Another student and I will soon be mining survey data to determine the age (or approximate age) of dogs when their owner gave a survey response. This will be quite important for surveys that relate to canine age-related cognitive decline.
We have more plans to track changes in behavior over time, such as encouraging owners who register puppies to return for new surveys as their dog ages.
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We generally prefer that you not go back to edit answers... we really want your first reactions to the questions. Don't worry if they are not perfect – your first response is what is of great value to us.
However, if you feel there has been a clear and substantial mistake that needs to be revised, we can reopen a survey.
If a survey is reopened, your existing answers will remain in place. The survey will, however, be removed from your "Completed" and returned to the "Up Next" list.
To revise your answers, select the survey, then click "Retake"
You will be brought to the first question of that survey. Use the Next/Previous arrows in the lower right to move back to the question(s) you need to revise.
Once your new answers have been entered, click the "Submit" button to resubmit the survey.
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