Dog Training Program Study

Dog Training Program Study for Children with Developmental Differences

Children & Youth with Disabilities Lab

We are inviting children with developmental differences, their guardians, and their family dog to participate in our study by attending our Dog Training Program.



Upcoming study dates

Visit the Human-Animal Interaction Lab for upcoming study enrollment dates.


1st assessment

Participation begins with an initial assessment. During that assessment, guardians will fill out questionnaires and verbally answer questions about themselves, their dog, and their child. Children will also complete questionnaires and participate in simple behavioral assessments, along with their dog.



After these assessments, each child and dog pair will be randomly assigned to one of two groups, the “intervention group” and the “waitlist control group”.

Intervention group

The intervention group will receive 10 sessions of individualized training in the Do as I Do (DAID) dog training method. Each session lasts about one hour, and each child has their own personal trainer(s) who works one-on-one with only them and their dog.

Waitlist control group

The waitlist control group will not attend the dog training program but will be offered the opportunity to attend the following year.


2nd assessment

After the dog training class program study ends, all participants, including those in the waitlist control group, are asked to return for a second assessment that is very similar to the first.


3rd assessment

All participants are also asked to return one year later for a third assessment. At that time, children in the control group will be invited to participate in the dog training program study. Those who attend will be asked to return for a fourth and final assessment immediately after finishing the program.


Gift cards

At each assessment, participants are given a $25 gift card.



The intervention dog training program takes place during winter, spring, and summer quarters at Oregon State University in Corvallis and also in Portland and Seattle during summer.



For more information please contact:


Saethra Darling, PhD

Program Manager
Saethra Darling, PhD
[email protected]
(541) 737-8117

Megan MacDonald, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Monique Udell, Ph.D.
[email protected]

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