Calling all US agility competitors!

Please help us identify the canine health concerns of most significance to individuals participating with their dogs in agility events and how agility handlers prefer to obtain veterinary health care information. This survey is anonymous and will only take about 10 -15 minutes of your time. We value your input! (Respondents are limited to individuals over 18 years of age who are actively engaged in agility in the United States. We are limiting to US respondents based on university recommendations related to varying data security laws in other countries and regions of the world.)

Purpose: Dogs participating in agility may have some health needs or disease risks that differ from those of pet dogs that are not athletically active. Our goals are: 

(1) to identify the health concerns of most significance to individuals participating with their dogs in agility events; and, 

(2) to determine how agility handlers prefer to obtain veterinary health care information.

The investigators will use the information derived from this survey to influence prioritization of research initiatives related to the health and well-being of dogs participating in agility events and to stimulate discussions with veterinary and canine organizations, including agility organizations, in an effort to develop strategic partnerships to advance canine agility health research and disseminate important health information.

Eligibility: Any individual at least 18 years of age who is currently involved in the sport of dog agility in the United States with one or more dogs is eligible to participate in this survey.

Participation: Participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. No details about yourself or your dogs will be used beyond what you choose to provide or directly approve in your answers. You may quit the survey at any time.

Estimated Time: This survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. There will be questions about your agility experiences, sources of veterinary care and veterinary information, and opportunities to indicate which health concerns related to agility dogs are most important to you.

Who: The research team for this project includes Dr. Debra Sellon (Professor of Equine Medicine at Washington State University), Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little (Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery at University of California, Davis), Dr. Molly McCue (Professor of Equine Internal Medicine at University of Minnesota), and Dr. Dianne McFarlane (Professor of Equine Research at Oklahoma State University).

Ethics: This study was deemed exempt from review by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Washington State University.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Dr. Debra Sellon at canineagilityresearch@wsu.edu.