PREP for the assessment:
First, set up your recording/monitoring equipment and test it
- Remove any stuffed food toys from the environment
- Leave water for them as usual
- Set your dog up in the most natural way – crated, confined, or loose in the home
RUN the assessment
Leave in the most natural way possible, locking the door behind you. Wherever you go, ensure that you can get back to your dog within 30-60 seconds if things go haywire! Don’t drive away or take an elevator ride.
You may run up to three or four assessments over a couple of days to assess how your dog does in their crate, confined behind a pen or gate, in a puppy-proofed room, and loose in the home. Most people know where their dog fares best and simply run one assessment. That’s usually all the data we need. Don’t run any unnecessary assessments; if your dog doesn’t do well in a crate, don’t bother assessing there, for example.
Wherever your dog fares best is what you’ll be choosing for your final destination.