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To use the system you need to take a test after training. This ensures that all users are coding in the same way which is important to maintain standardisation of the system.
When you purchase the DogFACS manual via the online store you will be sent the DogFACS test along with instructions on how to submit your test for scoring and certification.
Please notice that you can attempt the DogFACS Test several times if you don't pass initially. For each additional attempt, however, you may need to wait for several weeks to receive your scores, especially during busy periods. It is also important that the trainee takes enough time to revise the DogFACS Manual before a second attempt.
After becoming DogFACS certified, the coder will be able to reliably code facial movements in videos and pictures of dogs. High quality close-ups of the face should ideally be recorded and pictures must be compared with the neutral face of each dog, accounting for individual variation. Depending on the purpose of coding, two or more cameras should be used in synchrony (e.g. one camera zoomed in on the face and other camera recording body and context behaviours).
The DogFACS can be applied to investigate communication and emotion in dogs through the analyses of dog's facial behaviour.
DogFACS was developed thanks to the joint effort of:
The development of DogFACS was supported by a WALTHAM® Foundation Research Grant to Bridget Waller, Juliane Kaminski and Anne Burrows.
We would like to thank: