Participate in our fun, cognitive games. Contribute to citizen science.

For Students

Are you a student interested in research? Do you want to join our team? Learn more!


Do you have questions? We have answers! Learn more by clicking the link below!


Make an account on SONA

Request a SONA account using the button above

NOTE: You do not need to fill out the student ID

One account per dog. Only have one email? Make an email alias! (gmail)

Check your email to receive your login info

You will receive an autogenerated password

Upon your first login

You’ll complete a form telling us about you and your dog. 

You’ll change your password


Before your visit: 

1. Upload documentation of your vet records here Additionally, your vet can send us documentation, or we can contact them on your behalf. 

Day of: 

1. Call before leaving your home to give ETA at 617-552-3068. We use this to meet you downstairs

2. We have free parking! When you arrive, if you are not met downstairs, call and we will meet you downstairs with a parking pass. 

NOTE: Please do not come up to the lab before we meet you outside and complete additional pre-screening.

We ask that participants either be 18 or older. 


Initial Visits

An initial visit is your dog’s first-ever trip to the BC Dog Lab! During this visit, your dog plays some fun games and gets lots of treats! This visit is intended to introduce your dog to the lab space and our team.


For Students

BC Library

At the Boston College Canine Cognition Center, we proudly mentor a team of dedicated, brilliant undergraduates. Every semester we recruit new research assistants who are ready to contribute to the field of academic inquiry.

We take students of all experience levels and ages, with an interest in supporting academics from all walks of life. Our lab deeply values mentorship and education; as a research assistant of the BCCC, you’ll have all the information and guidance that you’ll need.

Do you want to be a part of this elite crew of researchers? Click below to find out more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study dogs?

Humans and dogs share an environment. Don’t believe us? Well — don’t your neighbors have dogs? Additionally, dogs and humans engage in behavior that’s relatively rare, and that’s sociality. The fact that humans and dogs can co-exist with many other individuals is a special trait that may have evolutionary implications. All of this to say — dogs and humans have a lot in common. We’re interested in understanding the relationship between these commonalities to better understand what dogs can tell us about the evolution of humans.

What do dog cognition studies look like?

Our research involves lots of treats! We use simple games and custom puzzles to measure how dogs make choices in certain situations. We look at all sorts of things. Examples include measuring a dog’s gaze or asking a dog to choose between two locations. 

The games we do are relatively simple, but en-mass give us insight into the ways dogs make decisions.

How do I sign up?

You can make an account on SONA to get started. After you request an account and change your autogenerated password, you’ll need to complete a pre-screening upon your first log-in. This must be done for every new dog you bring to the lab.

After your pre-screening, submit your dog’s rabies records to, then sign-up for an initial visit!

I have two dogs. How do I use SONA?

Each dog must have their own SONA account. As such you will need an additional email for your second dog.

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