Sleep Startle in Dogs Research

One of our amazing behaviourists, Sophia Chalk at Behaviour Matters  who helps on some of the more complex cases with our foster or adopted dogs, has asked for us to share her survey in order to gather as many participants as possible in relation to her MSc research project.

A bit about Sophia:

Sophia’s lifelong passion for animals began in early childhood and has led to a career as a training and behaviour advisor.

Sophia has recently completed a Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training and is set to continue studying to ensure she is able to provide her clients with the very best support, which is up to date and science led.

Sophia shares her home with three dogs and two cats and has fostered a number of overseas dogs, including feral and free roaming dogs in Romania, Spain and Cyprus.

Behaviour management isn’t the only string to Sophia’s bow, as she is also a qualified dog groomer and, as such, can provide behaviour support for dogs who struggle with grooming and handling.

The Project:

This is a survey forming part of a research project, in partial fulfilment of an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Training at the University of Hull, through Bishop Burton College. Looking at sleep startle in dogs, the project aims to explore whether the origin of dogs is a significant risk factor for this behaviour.

We would so love to help Sophia with this – she really is so brilliant at what she does and has helped so many.