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Introduction to the survey

Dr Susan Hazel,  Joy Chin Tze Yi and Samantha Poh from the University of Adelaide invite you to participate in the research project: Fear of noise in dogs

What is the project about?
This study will survey dog owners to find out more about the range of noises dogs react negatively to. Information provided may help researchers to understand the problems caused by noise phobias in dogs and how to better support dogs and their owners.

Who is undertaking the project?
This project is being conducted by Dr Susan Hazel,  Joy Chin Tze Yi and Samantha Poh and will form the basis for a DVM Clinical Research Project at the University of Adelaide under the supervision of the investigators listed above. There are no commercial sponsors or external partners or funding involved in this research project.

Why am I being invited to participate?
You are being invited to participate if you are the current owner of a dog. You must also be over 18 years of age.

What am I being invited to do?
If you consent, you will be participating in an online survey asking questions about your dog and noises they might react negatively towards. 

How much time will my involvement in the project take?
We expect the survey will take approximately 10-15 min of your time.

Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?
Other than the inconvenience of giving up your time, it is not expected that participating in this study will cause distress. You will be asked questions about your dog, and any reactions they show when they hear different noises. 

What are the potential benefits of the research project?
This research project will provide information on fear and phobia towards different noises and may help in treating dogs with phobias.

Can I withdraw from the project?
The survey is voluntary and you can withdraw from the survey prior to submission at any time.

What will happen to my information?
Confidentiality and privacy: Personal identifiers such as your name and email address will not be shared. No identifiers (e.g. your name) will be used in any write up, presentation or publication of results.
Storage: Project records will remain securely at The University of Adelaide, kept for 10 years, accessible only by Susan Hazel. The data may be used by other researchers in related research projects upon reasonable request.
Publishing: Results of the study will be used in the write up of a DVM Clinical Research Project paper and talk/poster and may be published in a scientific journal. If there is media interest they may also be presented in the media (newspaper or online). Data may be used in the future for related research projects. Participants will not be identified in publications and only summary data will be published.
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