Must Love Dogs

Todd shows off his skills in tests of trained actions.

Explore dogs' cognitive limits by helping researchers test their understanding of abstract concepts through creative training and testing strategies.

Project description

The scientific aim of this project is to describe the range of learning capacity and cognitive abilities in dogs using precisely controlled behavioral experiments, with special emphasis on learning, memory, and concept formation. Understanding the factors that determine intellectual abilities in dogs can increase our understanding of why and how humans vary in their mental abilities. Students will get hands-on experience helping train dogs to perform various tasks.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Variable
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Variable
Who is eligible All undergraduate students

Project mentor

Eduardo Mercado



350 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0231


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.