Introduction to Research
During the spring of my sophomore year at Cornell University, I was fortunate enough to be recruited by Dr. Betty McGuire for a long-term research project studying the urinary scent-marking behavior of domestic dogs and determining the effects of factors such as sex, age, or body size.
During this process, I became intensely interested in the laterality (handedness) shown by certain individuals during raised-leg urinary behaviors. I collected data throughout my junior and senior years and wrote up my findings as a senior honors thesis and for publication in Applied Animal Behaviour Science (Gough and McGuire, 2015). A follow up study focusing more intently on body size was published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research (McGuire and Gough, 2017). This project has resulted in multiple other publications focusing on various aspects of urinary behavior, physiology, and mechanics (McGuire, 2016; McGuire and Bemis, 2017; McGuire et al. 2018)