Clients rave about Sarah’s Temperament Assessment skills
January 7, 2004
Sarah’s consulting services has enabled the Lakeland Animal Shelter to implement a comprehensive temperament screening process. As a shelter manager, nothing is more frustrating than adoption that is returned. And there is no more difficult a decision than determining if a dog is incapable of being placed in a home environment and therefore a candidate for euthanasia.
Sarah’s expertise and professional advice has provided the shelter staff with a set of tools and techniques to properly assess a dog’s temperament. She has educated staff members on how to pinpoint particular problem areas and more clearly define a dog’s adoptability. In turn, Sarah has trained staff and volunteers in behavior modification methods and handling techniques. These techniques will then increases a dog’s adoptability and decrease it’s chances of being returned. Sarah’s consultation has been the foundation of what is now an organized, measured, meticulous adoption program that enables the Lakeland Animal Shelter to give a dog their best chance for finding a permanent home.
However, the greatest thing about Blue Dog Training is Sarah herself. An incredibly professional & compassionate person, Sarah has an amazing ability to translate her vast technical knowledge in the area of dog behavior, into a straightforward, understandable format. This ability and her endless patience allows her to take any willing volunteer, with little or no experience, and equip them with the necessary tools to properly handle and evaluate a dog. It is this amazing talent to work with people as well as dogs, which makes Sarah Kalnajs so very special.
I would strongly recommend Sarah’s consulting services to any individual, breed rescue, or humane society.
Kristen Perry, Shelter Manager, Lakeland Animal Welfare Society
I so appreciate all you have done for us! You have really given me insight regarding helping some really stubborn dachshunds and helped us give dogs a chance that might not otherwise have had one!
Michele Ambrose, Midwest Dachsund Rescue
We initially contacted Sarah at Blue Dog for her help in finding our newest canine family member. We were determined to find the right fit for our family of two kids and five cats. In a very short time, Sarah connected us with the perfect dog, Danny. Sarah performed the temp testing and helped to determine that he had the right personality for fitting in with our family. Danny is everything we were looking for and more. He is gentle with our children, playful with the cats, and an absolute joy of a dog. After we brought Danny home, Sarah continued to provide us an enormous amount of support and training advice. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Sarah and would highly recommend Sarah to help in your dog search or training needs.”
Tia and Mike
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