DNA Tests for Dogs? That’s Right

DNA Tests for Dogs? That’s Right

They really do grow up fast…I can’t believe it, but Cuevo turned one year old this past weekend. In honor of this week’s focus on analytics, I’ve decided to dedicate this post to a different kind of metrics – doggy DNA. If you didn’t know, dogs too can have their ancestry deciphered, just like us humans. All its takes is a simple cheek swab. If you’re interested in finding out your own pup’s genetic heritage, the generally regarded leader in dog DNA tests is Wisdom Panel. At $80 a pop they aren’t cheap, but its worth it if you have a complete mutt like Cuevo. You can even get yours through Amazon Prime!

I was lucky, my friends bought Cuevo a DNA kit for my birthday. Three cheek swabs is all it takes. Once you swipe all three, all you do is send back the kit with a prepaid label, wait 2-3 weeks, and voila! You have yourself a canine recipe. Results are delivered directly via an email that takes you right into your dog’s online DNA results. These reports are extremely in depth, here’s what you can expect to find:

A Complete Breakdown of Your Pup’s Ancestry

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 10.35.22 PMPrior to the test I thought Cuevo would have been maybe 2-3 breeds, primarily black lab. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Cuevo is amazingly 6+ different breeds.

Details on Each Individual Breed

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In addition to the basics (Size, weight, etc.) these descriptions also offer potential behaviors of the breed that you may see in your own dog (Bottom left corner of the description). This can be very helpful in learning how to handle your unique buddy.

A Family Tree

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How cool is this. While I’m not sure how accurate these trees are, it’s amazing to be able to visualize Cuevo’s potential heritage.

A Health Summary

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Definitely pay attention to this section – it will tell you if your dog will react normally to drugs at the vet. It also gives a projected adult weight. Based on this figure, Cuevo still has a while to go.

My Blog – 3 Steps for Improvement

Now for my own bit of analytic sleuthing. Based on WordPress’s backend analytics, I’ve come up with three insights that I could use to boost engagement.

1. Find new ways to drive traffic to my blog

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Almost all of my traffic comes from our class blogroll. It’s time find other routes for driving traffic to my blog, beginning with Twitter. I also plan on using other social media sites to share my blog – Facebook, maybe even LinkedIn. I have plenty of content, so I should space out reshares of posts through the next month.

2. Consistency

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As you can see from my viewership timeline from the past month, my traffic hasn’t been very consistent. It’s vital that I put out weekly quality content to keep my readers coming back. Last week’s infographic post did very well – meaning more visuals to keep people entertained.

3. What posts do well?

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I should continue to monitor this leaderboard of top posts/pages to continue to learn what works and what doesn’t. Views really vary between all my posts, so I get a good idea of what does well and what completely flops. Is seems that a good title goes a long way.

Comments Challenge : What would you like to hear about? Is there a particular topic that you’ve been aching for me to write about? If so, let me know in the comments section.


5 thoughts on “DNA Tests for Dogs? That’s Right

  1. It was so cool to get to look at just how much information they include on these DNA tests. I’ll have to show this to my family to convince them to give it a try for our new puppy! As for your plan, I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing more of Cuevo with increasing your consistency! I also think a post on maybe how training/puppy classes work and how Cuevo is doing with them could be great to read about!


  2. This is so cool! I’ve always wanted to try a DNA test for me but it’s fascinating to see it with dog DNA. Cuevo is also a beautiful mix. #GoMutts


  3. Loved learning more about Cuevo and his “recipe.” Didn’t know DNA tests for dogs were so readily accessible, may need to buy one for my dog back home (lab mix). With regard to analytics, from my own experience, I’ve found sharing posts on Facebook extremely helpful to boosting engagement.


  4. I have a puppy at home that we adopted from the shelter and I have been dying to find out the different breeds she is. I loved the flow of your blog and the graphs and charts you included. It made your blog really fun to read! This is the first time I’ve read your blog but I’ll definitely be back! Thanks so much for sharing this and I can’t wait to see more! 🙂


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