Behavior Research Grants

The AKC Canine Health Foundation supports research that enhances our understanding of the basic behavioral and social processes that influence the well-being of dogs and their owners.  Within the broad context of canine behavior, research can include studies with a primary focus on epidemiology, incidence and impact of behavior as well as, clinical interventions or treatment studies, or development of new methods for identifying and assessing behavioral characteristics.

Active Grants:

 02518 The Effects of Early Life Experience on Working Dog Temperament and Cognition

Previously Awarded Grants:

 01995 Understanding the Flexibility and Limitations of How Dogs Acquire Knowledge and Understanding: Application to Service Dog Emotional Health and Selection
 02085-A Reducing Animal Shelter Surrender by Enhancing the Human-Animal Bond
 01854-A Identifying the Cause of Canine Compulsive Disorder
 00850-A Genetic Analysis of Noise Phobia in Border Collies
 2433 Final Testing, Completion and Publication of the Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (PennBARQ)
 1871 Bull Terrier Families Affected With Compulsive Tail Chasing Behavior: Behavioral Diagnosis, Pedigree Collection and DNA Isolation for Future Genetic and DNA Isolation for Future Genetic Mapping Studies

The AKC Canine Health Foundation funds research in 23 different Research Program Areas for the health of all dogs. These program areas enable the Foundation to create depth in our research portfolio and help us to be responsive to the health concerns of our constituents.

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Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

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