Temperament Testing for Dogs

September 2012 by Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVB

Audience: Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 51 minutes

When assessing dogs in a shelter, not only do we need to consider their body language, but our own as well! In this presentation from the 2012 Purdue University Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Conference, Dr. Sara Bennett discusses how human body language can affect test performance, and steps to take to avoid this and maintain safe handling. Dr. Bennett also gives an overview of a few commonly used behavior assessments.

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About Dr. Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Bennett received her DVM degree from Purdue University in 2006. She then spent 3 years as an associate veterinarian in small animal general practice in Evansville, Indiana. She was accepted to the animal behavior residency program sponsored by the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University in July 2009, and completed the program in 2012 with a Master's of Science. She obtained certification as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012.

Dr. Bennett addresses a variety of behavior problems and behavioral disorders including aggression, inappropriate elimination, compulsive disorder, fears and phobias and behavior problems associated with aging across a wide range of species. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in shelter animals, helping to make these pets more adoptable, strengthen the budding human-animal bond and to keep these animals in their new homes.

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