PetSmart is hunting for the next dog and cat to fulfill its coveted “Chief Toy Tester “position. After a busy year of product trials and feedback sessions, PetSmart’s inaugural Chief Toy Testers , Whiskey and Loki  are ready to hand the leash to another deserving dog and cat. 

Pet Smart invites pet parents to submit their pet’s application to become one of the 2024 Chief Toy Testers, reviewing PetSmart’s latest and greatest products and contributing feedback to upcoming collections. In return for their hard work, each Chief Toy Tester will earn up to $10,000.

“We have such a fun and exciting lineup of toys, apparel and treats rolling out this year, and we cannot wait to share them with our new Chief Toy Testers and all pet parents,” said James Elasky, SVP of merchandising and chief merchant at PetSmart. “Our wide assortment has something for every pet, play style, season and price point to help pet parents create more moments of connection and joy, together.”

The Job
Each quarter of their one-year commitment, the Chief Toy Testers will receive boxes full of the newest toys, treats, costumes, and apparel. The Chief Toy Testers will share their official product reviews on social media to let all pets know which new toys and treats are must-haves. The Chief Toy Testers will also be official PetSmart models, with their faces featured on displays or signs inside PetSmart stores nationwide.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Experience
The next carefully chosen Chief Toy Testers should be committed to providing their fellow furry four-legged friends with recommendations and reviews of new PetSmart products. Ideal canines and felines must possess: 

  • The willingness to test out new toys, which may require lunging, running, jumping, or puzzle solving;
  • A nose for sniffing out the tastiest treats;
  • The perfect pose and strut to go down the catwalk and show off the latest pet apparel and accessories; and
  • Human pet parents who can commit to a one-year partnership contract on their pet’s behalf and the ability to create trendy social media content.


  • Bragging rights to share at the water bowl;
  • $10,000 cash—$2,500 check issued quarterly;
  • Early access to toys, treats and more; and
  • Pet’s face featured on displays or signs inside PetSmart stores.

How to Apply
Pet parents can apply for a chance to have their pets become PetSmart’s newest Chief Toy Tester at by filling out an application by 11:59 p.m. EST on May 29, 2024.  No purchase ncecessary.

PetSmart is looking for pet parents with a keen eye for capturing strong photo and video content, with their pet in action and still photos. To submit, the application requires a 15- to 30-second video of your cat or dog and a review of your pet’s favorite toy in 200 words or less. How to stand out? Be creative and find ways to showcase your pet’s personality.

“The PetSmart 2024 Chief Toy Tester Contest is sponsored by PetSmart, LLC. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 18 years of age or older and the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, as of the date of entry. Begins at 10:00 a.m. EST on April 29, 2024 and ends 11:59 p.m. EST on May 29, 2024.Void where prohibited by law. Prize restrictions apply. For complete Official Rules, click here.

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