2017 UPDATE: I am no longer associated with the Humane Society of El Paso. This course is not associated with the organization. I am working on rebranding the course with my own Dog Behavior Consultant business.
DISCLAIMER: Any "temperament test" or behavior "assessment" should NEVER be used to determine if euthanasia should be used on an animal. Euthanasia is a medical procedure and I believe that, ethically, no dog trainer or behavior consultant should directly recommend euthanasia without speaking to a licensed veterinarian first. This is a decision that must be made by the legal owners of the dog. My personal opinion is that the prognosis of living with a dog showing aggressive behaviors varies on many issues. Please refer to the "Contingencies of Dog Aggression" by Karen Deeds for more information.
Thank you for enrolling! I hope you learn a lot from this course. This is just the technical stuff and some basic handling advice. I routinely offer hands on training in El Paso, TX for those of you local.
The ASPCA SAFER® Aggression Assessment is a predictive, consistent method for evaluating the probability of canine aggression in individual dogs. The seven-item assessment generally takes no more than 10 minutes per dog to complete. This online course will introduce you to the assessment, understand basic and complex canine behavior & body language, teach you how to conduct each item, and how to properly score the worksheet.