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MEET YOUR MATCH(tm) AT THE RICHMOND SPCA. Every time you adopt a pet from the Richmond SPCA, you enable us to save the life of another orphaned. The ASPCA's Meet Your Match is a research-based adoptions program designed to increase the likelihood that shelter dogs and cats will bond with their. Sternberg, Sue. Temperament Evaluation of Shelter Dogs. Sternberg, Sue ASPCA. Assess-A-Pet™: Dog to Dog Aggression Testing. Sternberg, Sue ASPCA. Meet your Match Canine-ality and Puppy-ality Manual. Weiss, Emily and ASPCA.
Behavior is manifested as severe avoidance, escape behavior or anxiety.
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Trainers must keep a daily log of treatment and behavior modification. Training log and treatment plan must be reassessed and, if necessary, modified once weekly. Dogs who are not making significant progress at one month MUST be started on anti-anxiety medications if not already on them. All dogs in treatment must be reviewed by training committee once monthly. Dogs that respond to treatment reduction or elimination of anxiety can be placed up for adoption and their status identified to adoption staff.
Dogs that show progress after eight weeks but are not ready for maintenance will receive continued treatment pending behavioral review. Dogs that do not respond display significant anxiety which drastically impacts their quality of life after eight weeks of behavioral modification and drug therapy will be euthanized. Adoption Screening Matching pets to an appropriate adopter is a crucial aspect of successful rehoming.
The adoption counselor must also be adept at matching people with the type of pet that they want. A person who is a great candidate for managing a particular problem likely won't be successful if they don't feel a connection with their pet which is often based on the pet's physical characteristics as well as personality. All pets with a successfully treated or managed problem must be identified so that appropriate adoption counseling is provided to the adopter.
Maintenance requirements to prevent recurrence must be explicitly defined for adoption staff and potential adopters. All dogs with a treatable-manageable problem must receive behavioral counseling before AND after adoption. A shelter behavioral modification and training program is useless without proper behavioral counseling for the adopter.
Follow-up A follow-up program ensures continued counseling for ongoing problems, and assesses the accuracy of the behavioral assessment test and program.
For pets without problems, I recommend a follow-up telephone call at three days, three weeks, three months, and one year post-adoption.
For pets with problems, I recommend a follow-up telephone call at one and three days, and a follow-up visit at one week, one month, and three months or whenever is needed. Phone calls for healthy pets can be conducted by trained volunteers, who refer problems to behavior staff. Follow-up calls and visits for pets with problems must be made by trained staff. Frequently Asked Questions Question: Can doing behavior assessment also help the shelter by providing protection against lawsuits?
I'm not a lawyer, but I'll attempt to answer your question. Lawsuits and behavioral assessment tests are a tricky issue. If the shelter does not do a behavioral assessment or did an assessment but didn't find any problems, it can claim that they did not know that the dog had a problem and hopefully their liability is slightly decreased. If they did do a behavioral assessment and found a problem, or have a history of a problem via a relinquishment questionnaire and placed the pet in a new home anyway, there is the most potential for liability issues.
If a dog is food bowl aggressive, should he be automatically euthanized? Or are there ways to work with these dogs to help this behavior? It depends upon the shelter and their particular euthanasia policies.
Some shelters will euthanize the dog because they do not have the resources to fix the problem, and adoping them out without fixing the problem is a liability risk. Other shelters will treat the problem, and then adopt the dog to a new home after counseling the owners to make certain that they are able to continue to maintain the treatment plan.
We can teach them to not behave aggressively around the food bowl in this scenario, assuming that the pet has no other problems by desensitizing and counter-conditioning them to people coming near and then handling their food bowl.
Can you assess cat behavior? Do many shelters do a cat behavior assessment test? I think that overt aggression would be obvious, but I feel like there is a whole range of cat behavior that could be interpreted in multiple ways. I feel like cat behavior is so much less defined then dogs, and I was wondering if you make any special adaptations to your standard test when you apply it to cats.
Although it is certainly valuable, very few shelters perform cat behavioral assessment tests. The test I use was originally created by Lee et al. California Veterinarian 3 supplement: Many people know less about 'reading' cat behavior and body language, but once you know how to interpret what they are saying, you can use that information to guide treatment and outcome decisions and to match the cat to the best possible home.
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There are aspects of any pet's dogs, cats, horses, pigs, etc. We use the context of the situation, and ear position, eyes, tail position, vocalizations, etc, to interpret the meaning of the behavior.
I am wondering if you use a point system to compare the overall "adoptability" from one dog to the next based on their performance during the tests or if there are specific tests that they must pass to consider them eligible for adoption?
For example, is food aggression an absolute failure of the behavior assessment that indicates they cannot be adopted even if they do well in all the other tests?
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Individual shelters would modify the system depending upon their community and which pets are easier vs. Shelters develop the system based upon follow-up at their shelter, to determine which pets are easier to find homes for. Focusing on the easiest to place pets in a crowded shelter will maximize the number of lives saved, because by finding homes for them more quickly less animals die or are euthanized for diseases. Thus, we can use characteristics of the pet, and its performance on the behavior evaluation test to guide our decisions.
You will see a wide variation in 'scoring' and most shelters do not use a scoring systemdepending on the shelter and their resources. Many shelters will try to find a home for a food bowl aggressive dog if the aggression is mild, the dog doesn't behave aggressively in other circumstances, and the dog is small.
Most shelters will NOT try to find a home for a food bowl aggressive dog if the aggression is severe, the dog also behaves aggressively in other situations, and if the dog is large but certainly some would try to find a home for this dog. Obviously there is a huge grey zone in the middle of these two scenarios.
What is the likelihood that a dog will have separation anxiety after being adopted from a shelter? How do you treat this problem? I have a dog that I rescued that has major separation issues I've been working with him for over a year and he has improved a lot, but he still has the problem. When considering separation anxiety in a dog adopted from a shelter, remember that is a chance that the dog had separation anxiety BEFORE it was surrendered to the shelter and that the pet did not develop the problem in the shelter.
Here are some studies that provide information about separation anxiety and shelter dogs: Flannigan G, Dodman NH. Risk factors and behaviors associated with separation anxiety in dogs. Dogs from shelters, rescue groups, adopted from vet hospitals or found abandoned more commonly had separation anxiety 2.
Evaluation of treatments for separation anxiety in dogs. Significantly fewer dogs obtained from shelters vs. Evaluation of a behavioral assessment questionnaire for use in the characterization of behavioral problems of dogs relinquished to animal shelters. There isn't a validated test to identify dogs with separation anxiety while they are in the shelter. Ideally, we provide the new adopter with guidelines in an effort to reduce the likelihood that separation anxiety will develop, as well as close follow-up to treat the problem if it occurs in the new home.
Treatment of separation anxiety involves behavioral modification techniques and often medication. Why is behavior testing not done as often on cats as on dogs?
Is this because people take dog behavior into account more often than cat behavior when looking to adopt an animal? Or is this because cat behavior is more difficult to evaluate? The primary reason that behavioral evaluations are less commonly performed with cats is that cats are less of a liability risk after adoption.
Cats are much less likely to significantly hurt someone than dogs are. A second reason would be that many people are more concerned about dog behavioral qualities and characteristics than cats.
In my opinion, cat evaluations should be performed at least as often if not more often than dogs. Because cats are much more likely to be euthanized in shelters than dogs, we want to be doing everything possible to make certain that the cats we are placing up for adoption will get adopted quickly- so that we can prevent problems associated with crowding and maximize the adoptability of cats in our adoption areas.
Cat behavior is not inherently more difficult to evaluate.
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However, many people working in shelters know less about cats than dogs; thus, it is more difficult for them. Do you perform the same behavior tests in puppies as you do in adult dogs?
How accurate do you think puppy temperament testing is? Are there any good tests out there? There have been several studies regarding puppy testing primarily Campbell's testand unfortunately puppy testing's usefulness is fairly limited in terms of ability to strongly predict future behavior.
We do recommend testing all puppies in the same way we test adultsbecause if we see significant aggression or other behavioral concerns, it is certainly something we wish to identify and treat. If you are adoping a puppy from a litter, in general, you don't want to pick the most outgoing, the most independent, or the most withdrawn puppy.
You want a puppy that follows along with the pack, and is also friendly and interested in interacting with people. Sheila Segurson D'Arpino Dr. Her interest in animal behavior began in while volunteering in the behavior department at the San Francisco SPCA. These fearless cats, though, are not afraid of new situations. If you've ever read Six Dinner Sid a cat that mooched dinner from six "owners"you'll know what a Leader of the band is capable of.
These are lap cats. These felines love nothing more than to sit in their human companion's lap, kneading and purring contentedly. If you're looking for unconditional love and support, seek out a Love Bug cat. Have you ever heard someone say "I have a cat around here somewhere"?
That person probably had a Private Investigator. These are the shy cats, the ones who skitter away from new people. Yes, these felines might hide under the bed at first, just watching. However, for the patient new companion, the Private Investigator can provide years of relatively trouble-free co-existence.
If you've ever wanted a secret admirer in a non-creepy way, these are the cats for you. Secret Admirers take their time getting to know new people and surroundings. Eventually they have the potential to become pretty affectionate.
Like a quintessential Secret Admirer, this cat will likely become very loyal to her companion or family.
Friendly orange cats earn the titles the Sidekick, the Executive, and the Personal Assistant. Sidekicks are a good mix of friendliness and self-reliance. If you're looking for a cat that will give you both love and alone-time, you want a Sidekick. Executive cats are always on the move. They are the quintessential curious cats, and they will be out exploring the world. Executives adapt well to new circumstances without having to lean too heavily on their companion.
These cats are great for people who don't want a high-maintenance pet. Speaking of high-maintenance and co-dependent, that's the Personal Assistant. If you've ever heard someone say, "My cat acts just like a dog," they probably had a Personal Assistant. These are the cats that come when called -- and when they're not. Personal Assistants are also the cats that "help: These are companion cats.
I'll be your Personal Assistant -- someone needs to help with all this paperwork. A police officer spotted him over time around some dumpsters at an apartment building and called animal rescue. He ended up with a cushy gig at the Gift and Thrift Shop associated with the shelter. However, when he first arrived, he had a very upset stomach, and, well, it was coming out both ends.
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Lindemann was not a feral cat; he had been someone's pet as evidenced by the fact he'd been spayed and by how quickly he took to being a tame cat again — not to mention his upset stomach. So, at a suitable time, one of the shelter workers ran him through the following test: In order to determine if he was a friendly sort, the evaluator approached his cage while speaking in a calm but normal tone of voice.
She noted that Lindemann called Crosby at the time — right idea, wrong rock star! Next she removed Lindemann from his cage, placed him in a crate, and moved him to a brand new room. She then timed how long he took to get out and noted his interaction with the evaluator. Lindemann exited in under 25 seconds with tall body posture.
Still tall he investigated the room. He also spent 25 seconds interacting with the evaluator. He showed a fair amount of ability to adapt to a new situation with minimal fear and encouragement. Next, the evaluator crouched across the room from Lindemann and called out to him. She also extended a closed hand to time how long it would take him to approach.