SAFER = Safety Assessment For Evaluation Rehoming

The SAFER Test focuses on learned behaviors, sensitivities, and problem solving. This test provides shelter staff with the ability to evaluate a dog’s behavior accurately and efficiently improving the chances that the adopted dog will remain in his new home.

 The SAFER Test process:

  • The Stare Test gives clues regarding the dominance and submission of an animal.
  • The Sensitivity Test assesses social skills, sensitivity levels and level of fear.
  • The Tag Test determines dominance aggression and fear aggression.
  • The Pinch Test determines sensitivity, dominance and lack of bite inhibition.
  • The Food Aggression Test determines food aggression
  • Dog-to-Dog Aggression Test determines sociability with other dogs