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A Citizen Science Project

People show a phenomenon called object permanence, where it is understood that an object is still there regardless of whether it can be seen or not. Children develop this understanding before their first birthday, this skill is used to assess childhood cognitive development. Differing levels of object permanence have also been shown in animals. We need you and your dog to help us learn more about this phenomenon in our furry friends!

This study is designed to see how your dog reacts to the What The Fluff Challenge, a viral internet trend. Participation can be incorporated into your average day with your dog!

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We expect that participation, including practicing, recording and uploading the results, will take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour. Upon completion of the study, citizen scientists and their dogs will be awarded a participation certificate for their time!

If you would like to participate, please fill out the following form.

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This study has been approved by CUNY Hunter College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (DR-Fluff 8/23).

Have questions? E-mail us at 

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Animal Behavior and Conservation Program, Hunter College (CUNY)

Director of Animal Behavior and Conservation Program, Hunter College (CUNY)

Director of Thinking Dog Center, Hunter College (CUNY)

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