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Project: Play With Your Dog

Main Project Information
Presented By Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab, Barnard College
Goal Help researchers better understand the dog/man relationship.
Task Record and share a video of you playing with your dog!
Where Online only

The Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab in NYC is investigating the different ways people and dogs play together, and we need your help (well, you and your dog’s help). We are cataloguing all the ways people play with their dogs and asking dog owners to submit short videos of their own dog-human play.

By participating in Project: Play with Your Dog, citizen scientists are providing valuable information into the nuances and intricacies of our relationships with dogs.

How to Join

The Project Has Ended as of 2013! Thanks so much for everyone's participation. Stay in touch with the Dog Cognition Lab at:

If you're interested, this is what the project was all about:
To participate, find or make a 30-60 second video of you and your dog playing in whatever way you like to play together, and then upload the video to our website and complete a short survey. Both dog and person should be visible in the shot for all or most of the video. You are also invited to add a picture of you and your dog to our Wall of Contributors.

Participants must be at least 8 years old.

Project: Play With Your Dog is open to anyone, in any country. If you live with a dog, we want to see you play.

The below guest blog post on Scientific American, How Do you Play with Your Dog?, gives background into what we know about dog play and why we are studying dog and human play

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Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, On a hike, At home, In snow or rain, At the beach, On a walk, run, At night
Class Materials None
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags behavior, dog, dogs, mammal, play
Project Updated 04/21/2017