SAFER®

SAFER®

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.

Take a SAFER Tour

Whether you've been conducting ASPCA SAFER® assessments at your agency for several years or are a newcomer to SAFER's predictive, consistent method for evaluating the probability of canine aggression, we've compiled helpful resources to help get you started—or enrich your current program.

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SAFER Assessment Items

SAFER® is a seven-item canine aggression assessment that generally takes no more than 10 minutes per dog to complete. The SAFER Assessment is designed to assess the probability of future aggression in dogs age six months and older. The assessment uses researched items that elicit responses that are predictive of future behavior.

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SAFER Behavior Modification

You've assessed the dog with SAFER® 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.

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SAFER Training and Certification

Obtaining SAFER certification helps ensure you are conducting and scoring assessment items correctly and that you are using SAFER scores appropriately to make sound decisions about the dogs you assess. There are several ways you can learn about the SAFER assessment.

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