Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Single Dog Report FAQs

What is the Single Dog Report (SDR)?

Morris Animal Foundation is creating a new resource for animal health research called Data Commons based on data from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Over the past year, we have been preparing data from the Study for inclusion in Data Commons. The original Study database remains intact and will continue to be used.

The SDR shows the data on your dog, as it exists in Data Commons. It is a web-based tool personalized for each hero and presents your questionnaire answers in a format that is concise. The purpose is to make it easy for each participant to review the data for their dog.

Why do you want me to review my hero’s SDR?

We would appreciate your help to check that data has been accurately transferred from the main Study database to the new Data Commons database.

We have already done a great deal of quality checking and believe the data transfer went smoothly.  

However, no one knows your dog as well you, so we are asking that you review the SDR for your hero(es) as a double check.

How do I check my answers?

Mostly, we just want you to read through your Single Dog Report and make sure the data matches your knowledge of your hero. For example, if you are looking in the behavior section of the SDR and see that the data shows your dog never sits upon command and you know you never would have answered that way as your dog always sits immediately, let us know. We will check the answers you provided on your questionnaires.

Some participants are pulling up their previous questionnaires and comparing them to the corresponding years shown in the SDR, but you should do this only if you have the time and inclination.

If you find something in the SDR that you think might be wrong, click on the blue icon at the right side of the page next to the question.  This will bring up the form you’ll use to tell us about the problem you are seeing.

Why don’t I see all my years of data?

Currently, you will see data only through December 31, 2017. Other years of data will be added in the future.

Is the Single Dog Report on the regular Golden Retriever Lifetime Foundation website?

No, the Single Dog Report is on a new non-public page at the Morris Animal Foundation website and you will log in to it separately.

Will my regular Study account and password work to access the Single Dog Report?

No. The Single Dog Report is not on the regular Study website, so it requires a new password. We have created an account for you on the new site using the same email address you are using for the Study, but you will have to choose a password the first time you access this new site.

There are no requirements for the types of characters or length of the SDR password. It will never expire.

If you click on the link in the email we sent telling you about the Single Dog Report, you will be taken to the page where you can start the password set/reset process.

Can I use the same password on this new site that I use on the regular Study website?

Yes, the two passwords can be the same. If you want to use the same password as you use for the Study, you must still set it first as the two sites are not connected.

Remember they are separate passwords; changing one will not change the other.

I tried to set my password, but the email never arrived.

The email for setting/resetting your password should arrive almost immediately.  If it does not arrive in a few minutes, please check your spam folder. Look for “Replacement login information for YOUR NAME at Golden Retriever Lifetime Study”.

If you still cannot find the email message, please contact Annie Li for additional help.

What if everything looks correct to me?

If you get all the way through the report and have not found any problems, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to submit feedback and tell us that you did not find any problems.

What do all the symbols in the report mean?

To see a description of the symbols used in the report, move your mouse over the red icon in the lower right corner of the browser window and then click on the question mark icon that will appear on the screen.

What if I don’t have time to review my SDR right now?

Don’t worry. Take your time and review it whenever you can. It would be helpful for us to receive your feedback within a few weeks of your receipt of this email, but we will be happy to receive it whenever your schedule allows.

Do I need to do this?

No, you do not need to review your Single Dog Report. Most participants find it interesting to see their answers from over the years in one format and it will benefit the Study to have your review, but is not a requirement for participating in the Study. If you have any questions about the report, please contact Annie Li.

Thank you and your heroes!