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Medical alert dogs - do you have one, or do you care for someone who has?

Study title

Can medical alert dogs generalise their alerts to conditions other than those for which they were trained?


Queen's University, Belfast

About this study

Some people have reported that some dogs who are trained to alert their owner for a specific medical condition can also alert for other conditions. This is without being trained for those conditions.

Researchers from Queen’s University, Belfast, UK want to investigate this in a scientific way. They want to find out:

  • How often owners of dogs that alert to medical conditions report this and
  • If the dogs alert other people than their owner

Who can take part?

You can take part if you:

  • Are over 16
  • Own a dog that alerts to a medical condition, or care for someone who does*
*The dog can be trained by a professional, by its owner, or can have started alerting without training.

What will I have to do?

  • Complete an online survey
  • This will usually take 5 to 10 minutes
  • You will be asked some questions about you or the person you care for
  • You will be asked some questions about the alerting behaviour of your dog

How do I get involved?

Take the survey
If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Reeve: c.reeve@qub.ac.uk

Is there a deadline?

This study closes at the end of September 2019.

Who is conducting the research?

Dr Catherine Reeve, a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast, and Dr Simon Gadbois, a University Teaching Fellow at Dalhousie University.

Who has reviewed this study?

This study has been reviewed by the EPS Faculty Research Ethics Committee at Queen’s University Belfast.

Take the survey

Any questions?

Please contact Dr Catherine Reeve
Email: c.reeve@qub.ac.uk

Event Date: 
Tuesday 12 May 2015

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