PetSafe to Spend Thousands on Dog and Cat Behavior Studies

The pet product manufacturer is accepting applications for an earmarked $250,000 in animal research projects.

Posted: March 28, 2012, 8 a.m. EST

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PetSafe is accepting applications from academic institutions as well as students, trainers, behaviorists and veterinarians to lead dog and cat research projects.
Radio Systems Corp., parent company of pet product producer PetSafe, is accepting pre-proposals for three dog and cat behavior studies through June 30, 2012, the company reported today.

The studies will be conducted in 2013 in 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,” said Jim Tedford, director of animal welfare initiatives and alliances at Knoxville, Tenn.-based 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 RSC 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 here.
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Cat    Home, WI

4/8/2012 5:16:27 PM

Go CatChannel!

Sara    Miami, FL

4/7/2012 8:18:28 PM

Great to know.

Jenny    Monticello, MN

4/5/2012 8:54:09 AM

Interesting.

Alissa    Talladega, AL

4/4/2012 9:27:09 AM

Interesting :)

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