A few months ago, we featured Lucy & Emily of @pupsonpar on our blog in September after they completed their Dognition dog cognition assessments. This week, Lucy & Emily received their dog DNA test results from Embark Vet, as part of their participation in the canine behavioral genetics research study that Dognition & Embark Vet announced on October 24. The Embark Vet dog DNA test kits reveal Accurate Breed Mix; Family Tree; Drug Sensitivity; Heart Disease Risk; Over 160 Genetic Diseases; Adult Weight; Genetic Aging. And here’s how Embark Vet compares to other dog DNA test kits on the market.
Many people have asked questions about why they should participate in our canine behavioral genetics research study as citizen scientists.
The best way to tell is to show. We wanted to share the detailed results that Lucy and Emily’s received from both Dognition and Embark Vet.
As Lucy & Emily’s human Sarah told us: “Having amazing tools such as these at my fingertips is wonderful and to not take advantage of this wealth of information would be crazy. We really enjoyed being a part of your study. I loved learning more about the girls, and now I feel like I can be an even better dog mom than before. Knowledge is power!?”
Lucy the Protodog
Let’s dive a little deeper into Lucy’s Dognition Protodog results.
The Protodog Speaks
Sees what Lucy says about her experience with Dognition in her post below. ?
I just completed my @dognition assessment and let me tell you it is pawsome. You play lots of science based games with your hoomans and then at the end you get a cognitive profile report which helps them understand us better. There are 9 different profiles: Socialite, Ace, Expert, Charmer, Protodog, Maverick, Einstein, Stargazer and Renaissance Dog. It turns out, Im a PROTODOG! ? ~ Lucy . . . "The Protodog is reminiscent of the first dogs that began their relationship with early mankind- burgeoning social skills that allowed dogs like yours to become a much loved member of the human pack. Thousands of years ago, when our human and canine ancestors first began their extraordinary relationship, there was something about certain types of wolves that distinguished them from the rest of the pack. Rather than a traditional form of intelligence, these pioneer dogs, or protodogs, had budding social skills that allowed them to approach and interact with humans. Lucy is reminiscent of these first dogs. Independent problem solving may not be a strong suit, but she has what counts – a desire to communicate and connect with you." . . A few tid bits from my assessment below?? . . "If most dogs are bonded to their owners, Lucy absolutely adores you." . . "Lucy is remarkably like a human infant, who start reading communicative gestures at around nine months old. This ability is the foundation for all forms of culture and communication, including language." . . "Lucy is a rare dog who not only obeys your command, she also wants to please you so much that she will resist temptation – whether you are paying attention or not. " . . . EMILY IS IN THE PROCESS OF DOING HER ASSESSMENT. STAY TUNED TO HEAR HER RESULTS! . . . . If you would like to take the Dognition Assessment they gave us this code to share with you for 20% off??? We highly recommend it. You get about 15 pages of wonderful information in your report! . . CODE: RAF23X9XQX
But I thought I was a pure bred?
Lucy was told that she was a pure bred black labrador retriever when she was purchased from a breeder. When she received her Embark Vet dog DNA test results, she learned that she’s mixed with THREE different breeds! According to Embark Vet scientists, this scenario is quite common; people think they are purchasing a pure bred dog from a breeder, and it turns out that the dog is a mixed breed. ? ? ?
You can see Lucy’s public results here and read about her surprise about her family tree in her post below. Only part of her results are available in the public report. The rest you’ll have to ask her nicely. ?
My @embarkvet DNA test results are in and I am…. . . 75.7% Labrador Retriever 12.7% Rottweiler 11.6% Golden Retriever . . Apparently my grandpa on my Dads side was a Golden Rott! Looks like Emily and I have something in common. We both have Rotti in us!? (Emily's results a few posts back) . . . To read more about my results click the link in our bio! (The shareable link in our bio shows the breed results part of the test. The genetic diseases that Embark tests for remain private ) Lucy is not at risk for any genetic diseases they test for but she is a carrier of 3 of them. So if she was bred with another dog who was a carrier as well its more than likely her offspring would be at risk for those diseases. . . . Emily is not at risk for any of the diseases and she is not a carrier of any either but Emily does have a lower than average resting ALT activity. ALT is one of the things tested on veterinary blood chemistry panels. An increase in Emily’s ALT activity could be evidence of liver damage, even if it is within normal limits by standard ALT reference ranges. So this is very important information to share with our vet. . . . We highly recommend @embarkvet It not only gives you DNA results but all the genetic diseases it tests for and all the information you receive is well worth the price. . . @embarkvet test for all of the following : . . Accurate Breed Mix Family Tree Drug Sensitivity Heart Disease Risk Over 160 Genetic Diseases Adult Weight Genetic Aging . . . @dognition and @embarkvet are now offering for a limited time only (offer ends TOMORROW ), a special bundle deal consisting of Embark's Dog DNA Test and a Dognition annual membership for $199! Thats a $79 discount! If you're an existing customer, they have a special deal for you too! For more information go to the link in either of their bios!
What do you think? Are you convinced yet?
Emily, the Dognition ‘Ace’
Emily is a Dognition Ace, who excels in solving problems with her inferential reasoning skills. She also has an excellent working memory. Read her full Dognition Profile Report here. You can see what she had to say about her experience with Dognition and we included her Cognition Dimensions Results below.
I just finished my @dognition assessment just like Lucy and it was lots of fun! Of the 9 different profiles it turns out I'm an ACE! ?? ~ Emily . . . ACE ~ An accomplished problem solver with great communication skills, an Ace has everything that makes dogs special, and a little more besides. Emily is the dog with it all. An accomplished problem solver with great communication skills, Emily has everything that makes dogs special, and a little more besides. The only downside to having a dog as gifted as Emily is that sometimes she may be too smart for her own good. She may occasionally try to get away with things she shouldn't and then rely on her soulful gaze and an ingratiating nuzzle to win you over. There isn't much that escapes an Ace like Emily, and you can feel lucky to have such a talented dog as part of your pack. . . A few tid bits from my assessment below?? . . "Emily has an amazing working memory, which is a type of memory that allows your dog to keep information in mind for a few minutes and mentally manipulate it. This may sound simple, but working memory is crucial for any kind of problem-solving. In humans, working memory has been found to correlate with skills in learning, math, reading, and language…. For Emily, out of sight is definitely not out of mind" . . "Even though you gave Emily misleading information, she remembered where the treat was and chose to ignore you. This shows an independent thinker; you should be aware that in other situations Emily might not listen to you if she thinks you are wrong." . . "You can be very proud. Emily just aced the most difficult games in the Assessment. Reasoning is the ability to solve a problem when you can't see the answer and have to imagine the solution….A Sherlock Holmes among dogs, Emily was able to solve the mystery by imagining different solutions and choosing the one that made the most sense. This leads to a lot of flexibility. She can solve a new version of a problem she has seen before, and spontaneously solve new problems she has never seen before. This is a sign of true genius. . . IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, LUCY'S ASSESSMENT RESULTS ARE TWO POSTS BACK! . . Code RAF23X9XQX = 20%off
Emily’s Family Tree
Emily always knew she had a more varied family tree that her fur sister, but she didn’t know from which branches she derived her beauty and brains. With the help of the Embark Vet dog DNA test kit, she found out that she’s mixed with SIX different breeds!
Check out Emily’s public Embark Vet report. Only breed info is displayed publicly.
My @embarkvet DNA test results are in and I am:.. . . 22.4% Australian Cattle Dog 19.0% Beagle 14.6% Rottweiler 10.9% Pembroke Welsh Corgi 13.3% German Shepherd Dog 19.8% Supermutt . . To read more about my results click the link in our bio! (The shareable link in our bio shows the breed results part of the test. The genetic diseases that Embark tests for remain private ) Stay tuned for Lucys results! . . . @embarkvet is not your average DNA test. Its a whole lot more. It test for all of the following : . . Accurate Breed Mix Family Tree Drug Sensitivity Heart Disease Risk Over 160 Genetic Diseases Adult Weight Genetic Aging . . @Dognition and @embarkvet have launched a NEW dog research study linking genetics and behavior. . . . . They are now offering for a limited time only (offer ends November 24th), a special bundle deal consisting of Embark's Dog DNA Test and a Dognition annual membership for $199! Thats a $79 discount! If you're an existing customer, they have a special deal for you too! . . . . When you take part in this study, You will learn about your dog's physical health, breed, and mind (thinking & cognitive style). You won't be able to get all this information about your fur baby anywhere else for this price!
Thank you Lucy and Emily for supporting our research with your time and Instagram posts! We are grateful! ? Read their first blog feature here: “Lucy & Emily live the good live on a golf course.”
Dognition & Embark Vet are offering a special promotion until midnight Thurs, Nov 24 – a $79 discount off of a Dognition yearly membership and an Embark Vet dog DNA test kit. Get your bundle today! ? ?
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