COVID-19 Dog Ownership Diary


Introduction and consent

Dogs Trust are conducting a research project to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people and their dogs in the UK.
What is this study about and do I have to take part?
Dogs Trust would like to know more about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting dogs and their relationships with their humans. This study will involve sharing your experiences via a ‘digital diary’. Participation is open to people aged 18 years or over, living in the UK, and is entirely voluntary.

What will taking part involve?
If you choose to take part, you will be asked to write a ‘diary’ entry about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and how this has affected your dog(s) and/or your thoughts about dogs.

Diary entries can be made at any point – for example, either as a one-off entry, or as a weekly or monthly record of your experiences over this unusual time. Please feel free to return to this page as often as you like.

What will happen to the information I give you?
For over 50 years, we've promised to never put down a healthy dog. We keep our promises, and that includes treating your personal details with care. The information you provide will include personal data which will be securely stored by Dogs Trust in accordance with our data protection policies. The information you provide will later be pseudonymised by Dogs Trust (i.e. the information we collect will be stored separately from your details such as your name and address).

The information you provide will be used for the purposes of research. We sometimes share our research with universities and/or research institutions for the purpose of benefiting dogs, and to achieve our charitable aims. Findings from this research may be published, and we may include quotes from your responses. However, we will remove all personally identifiable information before we share it so that no one else will know that you were involved in the research. 

For more information on this, please visit the privacy section of our website:
How can I withdraw from this study?
You may stop answering questions at any time. If you have already submitted your diary entry, you may withdraw from the study at any time without prejudice. You can change your preferences at any time by contacting or by phoning 020 7837 0006.

What if I have any concerns?
We will be asking you to write about your experiences related to COVID-19. If this causes any personal distress you can stop taking part in the research at any time by closing the browser window. Participation is voluntary.

We will not be able to respond to individual queries or concerns regarding your dog or COVID-19. You may find the following links useful:
Dogs Trust have some advice for dog owners staying at home;
• Symptoms and advice about COVID-19 can be found on the and NHS dedicated websites;
Mind have advice about wellbeing and self-isolation;
Samaritans provide resources about mental health during the pandemic.

1. I confirm that:
  • I would like to participate in this Dogs Trust diary;
  • I am 18 years of age or older;
  • I live in the UK;
  • I have read and understood the above information.