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AM I SAFE? - THE ART & SCIENCE OF CANINE BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENTS DVD SET
by Sarah Kalnajs (See other books by author)


Publisher: Blue Dog Training and Behavior
Edition:
2006 DVD
Run Time: 3 Hrs. 44 Min.
ISBN: 897059001009
Item: DTB876P
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Summary: Learn how to conduct behavior assessments including what to look for in the dogs behavior, how to document areas of concern (information for accessing online forms and rating scales are included), and how to determine if problem areas can be improved using behavior modification techniques. Rescue groups and shelters will find this information useful and safe to apply.

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Learn how to conduct behavior assessments including what to look for in the dogs behavior, how to document areas of concern (information for accessing online forms and rating scales are included), and how to determine if problem areas can be improved using behavior modification techniques. Rescue groups and shelters will find this information useful and safe to apply. For detailed information on understanding and reading canine body language see Sarah Kalnajs' companion DVD The Language of Dogs (DTB875P).

Am I Safe? also explores the validity of assessment protocols and why they are important for anyone involved in the re-homing of companion animals. This video is highly educational for dog professionals, not just those in a shelter or rescue environment, who want to see the broad range of behaviors exhibited during behavior assessments.

Am I Safe? answers critical questions including
• What are these tests and are they valid?
• Who should do them?
• When should they be done?
• What can they tell us about future behavior and, just as important, what can't they tell us?
• How can testers and handlers insure their safety during the assessment process?

Thousands of unwanted dogs enter shelters and animal rescue groups each year. Some have detailed histories provided by the families who surrendered them, and others arrive with little or no background information. The challenge for shelter workers and other caretakers is to determine which dogs are safe to be placed, and, if safe, to create a comprehensive personality profile of these dogs so they can be matched with the best possible new homes.

Am I Safe? is extremely valuable to trainers and behaviorists who want to see the broad range of canine behaviors that are exhibited both in assessments and in the home. All dog professionals need the information in order to conduct assessments that are safe for the handler, fair to the dog, and have excellent predictability of future behavior.

Sarah Kalnajs, CPDT, CDBC, has more than ten years experience working in canine behavior, training, and research. She has her own training school, serves as an expert witness in litigation involving dog aggression, is a consultant to humane societies, and writes extensively on canine behavior and training. She focuses on helping people understand and live well with dogs. She lives with her husband Andrew and eight dogs—six Shelties and two American Eskimos, two cats and a very nice vacuum cleaner in Madison, Wisconsin.


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A must-have for anyone dealing with dog behavior, January 30, 2013
Reviewer: Lynn Broderick
This dvd and Sarah's 'Language of Dogs' are two of the best and most helpful training videos I own. I use them for seminars and with private clients- it is comprehensive in showing canine body language and what the signs can lead to, and Sarah is wonderful with her explanations and interpretations. The assessments she does and demonstrates in this dvd are straightforward and realistic, and give the viewer so much to think about. You'll never look at dogs the same way again-- you'll understand them so much better!
 
Solutions, October 21, 2010
Reviewer: DogCatcher
If your shelter or group can't swing the price for Language of Dogs this one is the next best thing. Geared toward the issue of safety, rather than the complete range of language that the other set covers, it's a great training item for any kennel, vet clinic or training center such as Dog Daycare.
 
Well Done, August 11, 2010
Reviewer: Nick Hof
I really enjoyed this seminar DVD. All the of the information is reveiwed in a lot of detail through written descriptions, video with commentary and finally a live assessment.

I would have liked to have been able to get the handouts at the start of the seminar though because there were a couple of points I wanted to know how they were rating the dog (like during the resource guarding exercise).

And I don't know if this was just mine but on my second disc, the seminar wasn't fitted properly on the screen and cut some of the letters off (I tried adjusting my screen format and it was always cut off). This was minimal and did not hinder my ability to read the slides but it was a little irritating.
 
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