Scientific based, international protocol to assess dogs mentality for AAI purpose.
Personality Assessment for Dogs in Animal Assisted Intervention is a scientific-based method to asses dogs’ mentality. Tests and trials that are used were chosen to show personality traits that we seek in AAI working dogs: (lack of) fearfulness, sociability, responsiveness to training, (lack of) aggression, boldness and activity.
Finding the answers...
The problem of selecting dogs for work is raised multiple times at conferences and workshops in the AAI milieu. International guidelines contain only general statements about “suitable psyche”, “good physical condition”, and “attitude towards contact with people”. If and how these traits should be checked, is up to the specific organizations to decide.
PADA as a firs step
PADA measures whether dogs are suitable, regarding their personality, to become therapy dogs; however, this is only a pre-selection test, meaning that dogs passing PADA need more training to learn skills needed in AAI. PADA is the first, necessary step for every dog before it start working. After thorough training, the AAI-team must also pass a practical exam related to which clients the team shall work with.
Meet our team of experts who were involved in the research in the PADA project. With the huge, varied experience and different scientific backgrounds, our team developed a useful, efficient tool to test dogs’ personality for AAI.
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