As the leading animal behaviour experts in the field, APBC members have been used by a number of agencies to assess animals in the homes of potential adoptive parents or child foster carers. In response to demand, a standard protocol for use in this context has been developed and the APBC provides this service via a network of participating Full members.
The service is designed primarily for dogs but may also be used for other animals, and for other assessment services – for example, schools, legal cases etc.
The assessment process involves:
- A visit to the home lasting around 2 hours.
- A written report to include:
- Owner experience and relationship with the animal(s);
- Exposure to, and behaviour in, various social situations;
- The animal’s training background and any health issues;
- Practical considerations regarding the home environment;
- Temperament and behaviour with members of the household, visitors, general public and children of differing age groups;
- A professional opinion on the risks these animals present to children, particularly those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
- Advice regarding the introduction of children and animals.
The cost for this service is at the discretion of the individual member providing the service in that area.
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