CARAT Certification

C.A.R.A.T. ™ (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool)

The Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool (CARAT) was developed in 2007 by Suzanne Clothier as an assessment system that categorizes behavior in multiple components that are intuitive and practical. CARAT takes a detailed view of the individual dog as a unique combination of many factors working together to influence, exacerbate, mitigate and enhance each other. Taken as a whole, the CARAT profile offers a richly detailed view of an individual dog in terms of functional behavior and adaptability.

CARAT's unique bi-directional, multi-dimensional scale has been appropriated by and incorporated into other assessments developed by others since 2007. The terminology and the format of the scale are easily recognized. CARAT provides a common language to describe and understand temperament.

CARAT will continue to prove its value for temperament and behavior assessment for trainers, veterinarians, behaviorists, animal shelter and rescue personnel, caretakers and breeders.

Darcy With Fraser

Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.

― Charles Darwin

Why Become A Certified CARAT Assessor?
For the serious animal professional, pursuing CARAT certification offers several advantages:
  • Development of exceptional observation skills
  • Cutting edge approach to behavior assessment
  • An understanding of “the ethology of the individual” More humane and effective training
  • Skill in developing behavior modification & training plans tailored to the individual
  • Improvement in matching individual dogs to the best possible home
  • Ability to define and focus on appropriate selection of desired traits for specific jobs and/or within a breeding program
Mission of CARAT Certification Program

The mission of the CARAT Certification Program is three fold:

  1. Promote deeper understanding of animal behavior as a whole
  2. Promote deeper understanding of & respect for individual animals as complex and dynamic beings
  3. Promote humane, effective training and quality of life appropriate to the individual animal’s abilities and needs
Objective of CARAT Certification Program
The goal of the CARAT Certification Program is the development of assessors highly skilled in the use of CARAT in a wide variety of applications and fields: dog training, animal shelters and rescue organizations, veterinary applications, service dog organizations, breeding programs. At all times, applications of CARAT will be used to deepen understanding of the individual animal. Specifically, CARAT will assist in identifying an animal’s unique abilities, limits and needs, and the specific placement regarding lifestyle, task(s), and/or handler to insure best possible quality of life for that animal. CARAT assessors should be notable for their compassionate and detailed approach to the individual animal.
CARAT Development
Please be aware that CARAT is a program in development, and changes and improvements in this program are inevitable. We anticipate on-going refinements and improvements, and possible changes to the information provided here. Please download this document for a detailed look at the CARAT Certification program as of May 2018. CARAT Certification Information May 2018