How to Use National Canine Research Council’s Website

National Canine Research Council is happy to announce our updated website, complete with both familiar and new research and resources. Included in the change is an evolution into a canine behavior science and policy think tank. Our mission is to underwrite, conduct and disseminate academically rigorous research that studies dogs in the context of human society. We advocate innovative and practical canine policy that:

1. Is based on empirically-verified data.

2. Is based on research that embodies the principle that dogs must be considered in relation to humans.

3. Removes barriers to safe and humane pet ownership.

Our vision is to progress in our understanding of our relationship with dogs so that limited resources of time and money are spent on studies that consider the full context in which dogs live, rather than on research that fails to place dogs in their human controlled environment. We aspire to develop a collective expectation that any canine behavior studies may impact public policy and thus the welfare of dogs and their owners. Canine behavior research should therefore be held to a high standard of sound methodology and should always correctly characterize dogs as individuals living in a man-made environment. 

One of the largest additions to the website is our new Research Library. The Research Library is an attempt to house, in one searchable database, scholarly materials in our areas of interest and expertise. Our goal is to make available studies from the peer-reviewed literature in order to inform discourse and enable ongoing research. We provide links to the abstracts and where to purchase full texts. We hope that the Research Library will also be useful to journalists, persons engaged in canine-related occupations, and any interested researchers or readers. We invite all those interested to make use of the Research Library, which is searchable by Author, Content Type, and Topic. Topics Include: 

  • Visual Breed Identification
  • Dog Bites
  • Dog Bite-Related Fatalities
  • Additional topics will be added in the future, such as: Behavior Evaluations, Breeds & Behavior, Behavior Surveys, Communication Between Dogs & Humans, and Dog-Human Bonding. 

Read more about the Research Library here

Within the Research Library, you can also find National Canine Research Council’s booklets, “The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog” and the Updated Edition of “Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions”

To help users navigate the new website, click the following links if you’re looking for:

We invite you to explore and use our new research library and resources.