Behaviour 2019
Assessment Tools to Reduce Subjectivity and Danger Associated with Handling Dogs with Severe Problem Behavior
Kristyn Echterling-Savage1, Allison Salzar2, Alexis Mitchell3. 1Beyond the Dog, LLC, Houston, Texas, United States; 2Beyond the Dog, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri, United States; 3Beyond the Dog, LLC -Austin, Austin , Texas, United States

Aggressive behavior in dogs requires assistance from an experienced dog training professional. In an attempt to increase the efficacy of treatment, these professionals physically handle dogs with whom engage in biting. Unfortunately, some precursors to biting are complex and difficult to detect by dog training professionals. To reduce danger and increase objectivity, we have created a Behavior Evaluation Questionnaire (BEQ) and a Safety Flow Chart (SFC). The BEQ, delivered to owners prior to training, quantifies and rates a dog’s behavior according to a variety of problem behaviors including but not limited to aggression. The SFC, used within the clinical setting by trainers, allows trainers to run through a variety of safety tests prior to handling. Both tools use conservative measures to allow for safety protocols to be put in place and keep owners, dogs, and professional dog trainers safe. This poster presents several case studies of varying degrees of problem behavior in dogs. Implications of the BEQ and the SFC include maximizing efficiency by functioning as an indirect assessment tool prior to training and promoting safety within the training setting, respectively.