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Hello, my name is Sophie Barton and I'm a graduate student researcher from the Hecht Lab of Harvard University. I'm searching for Border Collies to participate in our online study of how different dog breeds play with toys. We've had some Border Collies participate already, but I need a larger sample of them in order to properly characterize the breed. The study takes about 30 minutes to complete and is done within the comfort of your home. It involves filling out two brief 5-minute surveys and filming short videos of your dog playing with a familiar toy and an easy to make homemade toy contai
Early Adult Onset Deafness (EAOD) is an inherited deafness that strikes Border Collies in their prime (3-7 yrs). Dogs begin life with normal hearing, and go deaf in adulthood. Research attempting to isolate the gene(s) that cause this condition has been ongoing, and a preliminary DNA test is now available through projectDOG! Contained within the short sequence of DNA that causes EAOD are five mutations close to one another. Each could conceivably alter gene function and produce deafness. It is probable that only one of these mutations is the true cause of EAOD. The current preliminary test
Hey agility folk! If you have/had an agility dog who has ever experienced any type of toe problem then you are probably eligible to participate in this research study. The study is designed to 1) identify potential risk factors for injuries, and 2) analyze the return to athletic performance of dogs who had one or more toes amputated for any reason. The goal of this research is to provide agility enthusiasts with information about common toe problems in the sport and to provide veterinarians (and dog owners!) with information to assist with decision-making in amputation situations. Yo