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Dog Behavior Evaluation: A Useful Tool for Assessing Potential Behavior Problems

Dogs behave in many different ways for many different reasons. A may be needed if you want to figure out the reasons or triggers behind a dog's behaviors. Another way these evaluations are used is when a dog is brought into a humane society, who may perform a behavior assessment to determine what types of issues, if any, a dog may have. This is a good way to help figure out a successful match between the dog and a family. Here are a few things to think about when it comes to a dog behavior evaluation:

  • A dog behavior professional is bested suited to this type of work since they see many types of behavior and can draw upon their own experiences. Knowing your dog's 'triggers' for certain types of behavior makes it easier to develop a plan to correct or manage that behavior.

  • Some of the types of that commonly require assessment include inappropriate fear responses, separation anxiety, aggression (towards humans, other animals, food, toys, or other possessions), biting / nipping, destructive chewing, marking, submissive peeing, and excessive barking.

    These are all issues that often drive pet owners crazy (and sometimes leads to people surrending their pets out of frustration)... but most of the time these problems can be resolved with help, patience, and dedication.

  • A behavior evaluation gives owners a chance to learn more about their dog's temperament. Behaviorists can give you a recommendation on what dog behavior training method they believe would work best with your dog. They can assist with behavior modification to help turn dogs into well-mannered & happy house pets.

It's not always easy to figure out why dogs do what they do... and a behavior evaluation is a great first step in figuring out how to manage inappropriate behaviors. A little help can go a long ways!