Can you help Dogs Trust spread the word about their dog welfare study?

02 September 2022
2 mins read
Volume 13 · Issue 7
Figure 1. Maddie, a Golden Retriever puppy was the 6000th recruit to Generation Pup.


Dogs Trust is hoping for veterinary practices to get involved with Generation Pup. Jane Murray explains how veterinary professionals can get involved by encouraging owners of puppies under 16 weeks of age to sign up to the study. Puppies will be studied throughout their life to provide a clearer picture of how early life experiences, genetics and environment can influence future health and welfare.

The Generation Pup cohort study is a research project carried out by Dogs Trust which follows individual dogs over their lifetime. The study tracks puppies under 16 weeks of age (or under 21 weeks if they have been through quarantine) through to adulthood and enables researchers to investigate whether, and to what extent, early life experiences, genetics and environmental factors influence health, welfare and behaviour of dogs as they age.

Generation Pup data will provide researchers with pioneering new insights into canine companions to improve dog welfare for future generations. The results of the study may suggest preventative measures that can be put in place or lead to new approaches for therapy or treatment.

Nine-week-old Golden Retriever Maddie recently joined Generation Pup as the 6000th recruit (Figure 1). The team is hoping to recruit 10 000 puppy participants by the end of 2023 — the charity is currently looking for people living in the UK or ROI, with any breed or crossbreed of puppy to sign up to this unique study.

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