The Dog Park is a private community forum for members of the Dog Aging Project Pack and others affiliated with the Dog Aging Project.
Here, you can join with other community scientists, discuss the latest from the Dog Aging Project, share cute dog pictures, and more! We'll post exclusive learning opportunities, chats with the researchers, local meetups, and other activities for Pack members only.
If you're a Pack member, simply sign in using the same email address you use for our Portal - the password may be different, though! You will need to choose a forum username and set up your profile on your first visit here as this community forum is entirely separate from the Portal.
Participation on the forum is optional and will not impact your participation in the Dog Aging Project’s research projects. The personal information you share in the Portal for research purposes will remain separate, private, and will not be accessible on this forum.
Update your profile information
Visit your profile to see what other people can see about you. Click Edit Profile at top left to make changes.
Here, you can introduce yourself to others on the forum with a little something in the About Me section. Just like other social media platforms, you can also change your profile picture and include a larger cover photo too.
You can also edit your home state here. Don’t want others to see that? Select the blank entry at the top of the list and save.
Learn how to follow topics
This community offers robust notifications to help you keep up with conversation. We know you might not pop in here every day, so these settings offer another way to stay in the loop.
The top of most pages includes a Follow button. Click that and any updates will show up in your Followed Content stream here on the Dog Park. You can follow conversations, people, events, or even entire forums.
Want those updates to go to your inbox? Go to Followed Content on your Notification Settings. You can choose to receive daily or weekly email digests rounding up all the followed content you missed (digests are turned off by default).
Manage your notifications
We know you’re busy and we appreciate all you do for the Dog Aging Project already! We keep notifications to a minimum by default, but you can change your preferences at any time.
By default, you will only receive email alerts when you receive a private message, an administrative notice, or a reminder for an event you followed.
Visit your Notification Settings to view other options.
You can receive updates:
When your name is mentioned
When someone follows you
When there are updates to your followed content
Replying to others and making your own post
Learn how to use Clubs
Find your private message inbox
Please take a moment to review these rules.
The Dog Aging Project is not responsible for the content of any messages posted in the Dog Park forums. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information provided here.
The messages posted on the Dog Park, its forums, and community areas express the views of the author of the message, not the views of the Dog Aging Project or its sponsoring institutions. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email or report the content for moderation. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages, and we will make every effort to do so within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this website to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexual, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.
You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this website.
Community Guidelines for the Dog Park
The Dog Aging Project is a research program focused on community science. We can’t do our work without you, our community scientists!
In order to foster openness, collaboration, and a spirit of scientific curiosity, we ask all Dog Park users to adhere to the following community guidelines. These standards ensure all voices are heard in a safe and respectful environment. Please keep the following in mind when participating in the Dog Park:
Be Respectful. Please be polite to all members, even if you disagree with them. Keep in mind that there are real people reading your posts and comments. Posts and comments that are spammy, contain explicit content, advertise the sale of products or pets, or are derogatory in any way will be removed.
Be a Contributor. This online community is a place to engage in thoughtful, relevant, and engaging conversations around a shared love of dogs. Please make an effort to post in topically appropriate forums. Strive to share original content. If you do want to share a news story, article, or other link to external content, please keep them on-topic and information-based (versus commercial in nature.
Be Safe. Protect your personal information. Any contact information you share in comments and discussions will be visible to everyone. If you want to share private contact information with another member, we encourage you to use the private messaging feature within the forum.
Moderation Policy. In order to provide a safe space for our community, any discussions or comments you post may be removed at any time if a Moderator feels it violates the community guidelines. Additional action may also be taken to limit your access to the forum.
Veterinary Advice. The Dog Aging Project and associated partners on this platform cannot provide medical or veterinary advice. If your dog is experiencing health issues, please contact your primary care veterinarian immediately.
The Dog Park online community exists to support and engage participants in the Dog Aging Project. The mission of the Dog Aging Project is to conduct rigorous scientific research designed to define, explain, and ameliorate the effects of aging while building a community of volunteers and researchers united by a shared love for dogs in order to help dogs and humans live longer, healthier lives—together.
Have a question? Contact the Dog Aging Project team.
View the terms of service at the University of Washington website here.
The Dog Aging Project is committed to protecting your privacy.
View an additional privacy statement at the Dog Aging Project website.
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The Dog Park is a traditional message board. Even if you've never used a message board before, the discussion features are designed to look similar to an email or word processing program.
Starting a new discussion and replying to others is mostly the same, except for the first step.
To start a new discussion, first, navigate to the forum where you want to post and click the big "Start new topic" button at top right. If you don't know where to post, General Dog Talk is always a safe bet, but you can start discussions inside clubs or other areas too!
To reply to another person, you can scroll to the bottom of a page and start typing in the box where it says, "Reply to this topic..." or click on "Quote" just below that person's post. If you quote a person, they will be notified of your response.
Writing your message
However you start your message, go ahead and type it up in the text editor that appears. It should look something like this on desktops:
You can apply basic formatting, add links, or upload images. Here's what the icons from left to right above the text box do:
Add a link
Left, center, or right justification
There are a few ways to add an image to your post (like a cute dog pic!)
You can upload one of your own by clicking the prompt below the text box near the paperclip. This will prompt you to upload your image from your device. Once uploaded, the picture should appear below the text box. Then, place the cursor in the text box where you want the image to appear and then click "Insert" just below your uploaded picture. That's it!
You can also add a picture without uploading by clicking the "Other Media" button. This lets you use a URL from somewhere else (it must be publicly accessible, so private Facebook pics won't work, for example) or re-use a picture that you've already used before.
Follow a topic to get notifications
Just before you finish, you can choose to flip on the toggle to be notified of replies. The notification will appear at the top of the page here at the Dog Park unless you choose to receive email notifications.
Need advanced features?
The discussion features are kept to basics just to keep things simple, but if you have an idea for something different, please don't hesitate to reach out to an administrator like @Eric L. for help.