Assessing dog behavior can result in better adoption placements. This webinar series covers the ASPCA’s SAFER® canine assessment program. Assessors and organizations currently using the program will also learn ways to fine-tune their implementation to ensure dogs are assessed in the most objective and accurate manner.
This series can be listened to any time that works with your schedule, and is a helpful adjunct for staff training.
This webinar, the first in the 4-part series, will help you implement a standardized assessment in your shelter. Learn about SAFER, a canine aggression assessment designed by Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB. Dr. Weiss will cover the program’s history and research, as well as other ways to collect information to help you determine which dogs might benefit from behavior modification, and which ones may need careful management when placed.
The second webinar in the series focuses on objectively scoring the behavior responses seen during each SAFER item as well as behaviors throughout the assessment. You’ll learn how to determine which dogs are candidates for behavior modification and demonstrate how the role of choice affects the assessment, as dogs are given the choice to interact with or move away from the handler in each assessment item.
The third webinar in the series examines each SAFER assessment item in sequence, emphasizing how each item is conducted, what behaviors the item is meant to identify, and what those might mean in regard to the dog's adoptability profile. Viewers will also learn how to effectively use their body position and proper leash handling to accurately conduct the assessment.
The fourth and final webinar in the series shows how to identify food guarding behavior using the SAFER aggression assessment. Viewers will learn how to support dogs post-adoption and find out how shelters around the country manage food guarding.