The studies cover three categories: pet fountains, treat-dispensing toys and remote training collars. Each of the pet fountains and treat-dispensing toys studies will receive $25,000 in funding, while the remote trainer study will receive $200,000.
Though the studies are targeted toward academic institutions, PetSafe is accepting applications from any organization, institution, interest group or individual who can meet the application requirements.
“This is a great way for students, trainers, behaviorists, veterinarians and various industry professionals to potentially get published and lead a research project funded by one of the leading pet companies in the industry,” says Jim Tedford, director of animal welfare initiatives and alliances at PetSafe.
Based upon pre-proposal submissions, PetSafe will select a limited number of investigators to submit full proposals in each category. The full proposals will be reviewed by a research panel, and one investigator for each project category will be chosen by the end of 2012.
Those selected will commence their research in 2013 and are required to:
• Provide a written 300-word research update to PetSafe at the end of the project period.
• Provide a 600-word final research summary suitable for publication in media targeted to the general public, no later than 12 months after the end of the project period.
• If appropriate, submit the results of their studies for publication in a peer-reviewed journal as well as present the findings at an appropriate scientific conference.
The “Pre-Proposal Submission Form” can be downloaded online and must be submitted by June 30, 2012.