Portion sizes and dog eating behaviour

Duration: 30 minutes per session

Number of sessions: Three

Location: At home

You can take part if you meet these criteria:

  • You own one dog
  • You typically feed your dog one or two meals a day, at roughly the same time of day
  • You have an adult dog that does not suffer from any condition that might affect his/her appetite
  • You live in/near Liverpool

You cannot take part if any of the below is true:

  • Your dog is known to be nervous/fearful/aggressive around strangers or food

Before you sign up, we will ask you to complete a screening questionnaire to check if your dog is eligible to take part.

Study description:

In the present study, we will investigate the effect of portion size on energy intake among domestic dogs. Two researchers will visit your dog and you at home at the time that you normally feed your dog. On each visit, the researchers will measure out a different portion of your typical dog food to feed your dog. This will be a standard portion, a large portion, or an extra large portion (the order of these portions might be different). We will video the dog whilst he/she eats and measure how much food is left over after he/she is finished (if any). We will also ask you to fill out some questionnaires about your dog’s behaviour. We will also measure the ‘Body Condition Score’ by looking at it and feeling its body, and photographing your dog.

Researcher: Jessica Waddingham, dogtrial@liv.ac.uk

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