Longer, healthier lives for all dogs... and their humans.

The goal of the Dog Aging Project is to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence aging. We want to use that information to help pets and people increase healthspan, the period of life spent free from disease. With help from you, we’ll gather information on thousands of participating dogs. We want to know what factors are associated with better health and longer lives. A subset of participating dogs will be selected to be part of a new clinical study to explore the potential of the drug rapamycin to improve healthspan.

We are building an unprecedented research platform that will enable us to follow the health and aging progression of each dog in our program.

The Dog Aging Project is committed to advancing our understanding of aging and to accelerating medical breakthroughs for dogs and humans. We will integrate our findings about dogs with other incredible programs around the world to power research on health and aging in a way never before possible.

Challenge of Aging

Healthy aging means being able to stay active and free from major disease for the duration of life. But too often, getting older is characterized by debilitating decline. What if we could better understand the biological and environmental factors that influence aging? Studies like the Dog Aging Project will inform the next generation of medicine, keeping us healthier, longer.

Science’s Best Friend

Studying aging in humans is challenging and expensive. But dogs truly are science’s best friends. Even though they age more rapidly than humans, they get the same diseases of aging, they have a rich genetic make-up, and they share our environment. By studying aging in dogs, we can more quickly expand our knowledge of the aging process not just in dogs, but in humans too!

Culture of Collaboration

The Dog Aging Project has assembled an impressive team of researchers to expand our knowledge of the aging process. Our culture of collaboration fosters creative partnerships, including experts from diverse disciplines at top research institutions. By working together with dog owners, we have an unprecedented opportunity to find new and innovative health solutions.

Citizen Scientists

Meet the Canine Citizen Scientists who took part in our pilot study!
Click on their photos to learn more about each of them