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New study answers the question, ‘What are dogs doing when no one is around?’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Have you ever wondered what your dog is doing when no one is watching? Indianapolis Animal Care Services has participated in a new study to find out!

In partnership with Adopt-A-Pet and Whistle Fit, the goal is to learn what the dogs are doing and how their stay at the shelter can be more comfortable until they find their fur-ever homes.

Roxie Randall, the manager of community outreach for IACS, said, “The dogs are wearing a little tracker called a Whistle Fit. It’s pretty similar to a Fit Bit. “It just Velcroed around the collar.”

Randall said they have one dog that has worn it for three weeks and has traveled 150 miles in his kennel.

“We found that other dogs are doing a ton of spins, bouncing off the walls, and even sleeping 18 hours in a day,” she said.

On average, IACS has anywhere between 150 and 200 animals.

“If you plan to adopt one of the dogs, it is free. They’ll come spayed, neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped,” she said.

If you adopt a dog that’s participating in the Whistle Fit, you can continue that study at home. The study itself lasts through April.