You've assessed the dog with SAFERŪ and have identified some behavior issues. Where do you go from here?
Reward-based behavior modification (b-mod) protocols can make a big difference for dogs who showed behaviors such as resource guarding or over-arousal during their assessment. However, for behavior modification to be effective, your organization needs to have other programs in place that address the needs of your dogs and their adopters.
Prerequisites for a B-Mod Program
Canine Enrichment Program
Tracking B-Mod Progress
Behavior Log (.pdf)
Adoption Follow-up Program
Behavior Modification in Action
SAFER B-Mod Protocols and Adopter Handouts
The protocols below address specific behaviors identified in SAFER assessment items. Each protocol has a handout of tips that adopters can use to help their dog continue appropriate behaviors in his or her new home.
* This protocol does not correspond to a SAFER assessment item. However, it is an effective protocol for dogs who display reactive behavior only in their kennel.