Two golden retrievers being walked

Human Animal Interaction

Reactive dogs: help us better understand their needs

Opportunity to contribute to WALTHAM™ science

The field of human-animal interaction research has been growing rapidly over the past several decades. There is increasing evidence that owning a pet or simply interacting with one can bring physical and mental health benefits to people of all ages and from all walks of life

Previous research has found that a person’s experience of dog ownership is altered by their dog’s health and behavioural problems. 

However, to date, no findings have been reported on the impact of owning a reactive dog.

To help bridge this gap, we are conducting a survey to investigate owners’ experience of owning and walking a reactive dog. 

We hope that the results of this study can be used to raise awareness about the needs of reactive dogs and their owners. This will help guide future research, which will better represent reactive dogs as a separate group within the scientific literature.

If you live in the UK and own a reactive dog, we would like to learn about your dog ownership experience.  If you’d like to participate in our study, please fill in the survey.