Why An Evaluation?
Many people ask, "Why do I need an evaluation?" CCDT uses over 30 years training experience to gather and provide valuable information necessary for the training process.
Benefits For You
During the evaluation you will:
- Learn more about your animal(s).
- Better understand why your animal(s) has chosen their particular behaviors.
- Learn about possible training methods that can fit you and your animal(s).
- Learn about training methods to avoid.
- Have the opportunity to ask questions.
- Discover the time and effort required to resolved the issue(s) so that you may determine if you can commit to the training process.
For Parents With Children
If you are unsure about whether or not your animal is a good fit for your home; the evaluation process is beneficial for making sure your animal is or isn't a fit for your home. Making the effort to seek professional help before making the decision to give up an animal sets a good example for your children. Also, you may discover that the issues may not be as difficult to fix as you think.
What We Look For In An Evaluation
CDDT's 30 years experience allows us the educated eye to observe behaviors more in depth.
During the evaluation CDDT will:
- Discover what kind of trial and error system the animal has.
- Determine how the animal feels about authority.
- Determine where the animal believes they are in the pack.
- Determine where the animal believes everyone else is in the pack.
- Discover why the animal is displaying the unwanted behavior.
- Review your goals with you, and determine whether or not the animal(s) is capable of achieving those goals.
- Look at your animal's needs and wants.
- Suggest activities that your animal might like that would help their behaviors.
- Gather information about already established routines.
- Determine whether or not the undesired behaviors are Hard-wired or Soft-wired (this is especially important with aggression and anxiety situations).
- Find out how embedded the behavior is and if it can be resolved quickly or will require a long term solution.
- Determine if the behavior can be fixed or if the behavior will have to be managed.
During an interspecies evaluation :
- We look closely at all the personalities and temperaments and the relationships already established: both human and animal.
- We try to determine everyone's needs, expectations and wants.
- We review the relationships that we see and discuss the best possible accommodations for all parties involved.
There is NO obligation to go beyond the evaluation.
After the evaluation, even if you choose not to use CCDT, you will have a better idea of what training methods to avoid in order to keep from spending an unnecessary amount of money on training that will not resolve your issues or possibly create more.
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