After submitting my surveys I discovered a couple of mistakes I made when reviewing the comparisons. I chose instead of for example. I don't see a way to retrieve and correct my errors. Am I able to correct a mistake or is the submitted raw data final?
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The example above should read that I chose ALWAYS instead of NEVER for example. My formatting caused the terms to be dropped from the post.
We do not encourage changing your answers on the surveys simply because we want your very first thought and reaction about your dog. If you have seen how your dog compares to other participants, and your dog doesn't seem to be matching up that is totally fine! That just means that your dog is unique and it will hopefully be beneficial for our data. We want unique dogs in our study. :)
If you know for sure that you made a simple mistake, or accidentally flip flopped the answers, there is a "request a redo" button at the bottom of the listed surveys.
I notice some things that have changed (i.e. how much time in crate, how much time on walks in various locations, habits, etc.) as my dog has gotten older (she is 8 months now and some things have definitely changed since I first filled out the surveys several months ago.) If I click the "request a redo" button, will I have the option of only changing a few answers or will I have to redo the entire surveys? Also, do you know if it changes our spot in the dna test queue if we redo any surveys? (Many thanks for all you are doing. It is really exciting work!)
Great questions! If you request to change your surveys, and are able to do so, your spot will not change in the queue. You will be able to request a redo for a specific survey. That survey should open up with all your previous answers and you can change the answers that need to be redone. As I mentioned before we do not encourage changing answers to the surveys, and that is why you must request a redo and we will assess what needs to be changed.
Thank you for your support!
Hi, I made an error in selecting the length of fur for my dog. It's long, not medium. I don't see the physical traits survey included in the redo list. Is there a way to correct this error?
Hi Kathleen, if you could please send Jesse an email restating this, he can look into it further for you. firstname.lastname@example.org
this is an excellent question. Sometime around March I expect to have my female de-sexed. She will be about 18 months old by then. How would you like us to update information like that?
Car2ner, that's quite a bit easier as spay/neuter status is in your dog's profile. Profile entries can be changed at any time. In hindsight, spay/neuter status is a bit out of place here as it is useful to know the status of the dog when the questions were answers, but I'm not really concerned about this for a few reasons. A majority of our partipant dogs are neutered when they first enroll and one cannot go from neutered to not neutered. So it's a minority of dogs whose neuter status may change after the questions are answered, and only a subset of those would likely have their profile updated.
More generally to the bigger question here - as a behaviorist and trainer I know that behavior can and does change in significant ways ... I'd be out of work if it didn't. But we do ask for when your dog was born (or how old they are) and we record the date on which each question was answered. So we know that answers you gave for your puppy where for when they were a puppy. As we are exploring behavioral genetics having behavioral phenotypes for lots of puppys, lots of adults, and lots of old dogs will give us a great data set as genes don't change (much) but certainly the expression of behavior changes in all dogs over their life. These changes in behavioral expression can be due to learning or other experience, or simply age ... I'm not as playful as I used to be!
So for all analyses we can include the age of each dog as a variable. When your puppy was 6 months old, they may have been much more playful than they are now that they are older. But we still value that 6-month-old-puppy data as we'll compare it to other 6-month-old puppies. All puppies are more playful, but was your puppy more or less playful than other puppies of similar age, that's the kind of thing we hope to find a signal of in the DNA.
Certainly giving us another snapshot of your dogs behavior later in life would seem to just give us another data point to work with. But this actually cal also create problems in the analysis: the statistics work much better if every data point is independent. If we include your dog as a puppy and your dog as an adult, we need to account for that replicate. So we don't want multiple seperate survey sets for each dog.
That said, we do want to continue to get follow-up information from active participants. We have been really surprised by how most participants log in and fill out all the surveys in one sitting. We wanted to design these so you would fill out a bit, log out, come back later and fill out a bit more. We want to encourage this habbit as we want to be able to add follow up surveys. We have some in the works with questions related to the ones you've already answered, but may ask "Compared to 1 year ago, how does your dog ..."
We've recently set a goal to release one new survey about every month, so check back on the survey site to see if/when there are questions on new topics, or any follow up questions. (Most of these will be announced in our monthly pupdate newsletters).
There are several questions on the survey that just don't fit rural dogs ie. spend time licking ans. yes cleaning snow off in winter and mud after herding cows on wet area. - free to roam the neighborhood yes but pretty much stays on our ranch occasionally goes in neighbors 80 acre field-chases skateboarders joggers or bicycles-ans. don't know he's never seen any. There are several others that I answered wrong because they just don't fit working ranch dogs. Gene Culver and Bo