RAT Relationship Assessment Tool

This rapid assessment provides a new framework for understanding the dog/handler relationship

Understanding the dynamics of dog/handler interactions for healthier relationships & effective training

If you are involved in helping people and dogs find their best relationship, RAT™ is a must-have tool that streamlines your training so that you can be as effective, humane and customized as possible. This is an intensive course, with 46 lessons and multiple assignments. The RAT Assessor Test is now included. Successful completion of all assignments & coursework earns a certificate RAT Certified Assessor (RCA).

  • The dynamics of relationship are your guide to effective training. RAT shows you what that dog and that handler need!
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in a relationship points the way to customized training plans.
  • The RAT scoresheet provides clear information for the client, and supports the rationale behind your training plans.
  • Make the match! Is this dog right for this handler? Is this handler or lifestyle right for this dog? RAT is an ideal suitability assessment.
  • Track progress through changes in the RAT scoresheet, provide excellent feedback for clients.

This rapid assessment provides a new framework for understanding the dog/handler relationship

RAT looks at the patterns of interaction between a dog and handler. Both ends of the leash are considered, with an eye to what supports the relationship, what may be undermining it, or what may be creating training challenges.

RAT looks for the strengths that are present, and identifies areas for improvement. Specifically, RAT looks in detail at:

  • Pulling
  • Check-In
  • Equipment Use
  • Orchestration
  • Directability
  • Accommodation
  • Use of Space
  • Arousal and Resilience
  • Handler Communication and Feedback
  • Dog-to-Dog Interactions
  • Connection.
  • Risk Factors

The RAT scoresheet provides a clear reflection of the observed dynamics, and points the way to a Triage Training Plan (TTP)

Your guide to helping people & dogs find their best relationships

“Wherever you go, there you are!”

In each relationship, the handler brings his or her habits, personalities, needs and style to interact with the dog, who also brings his own personality, patterns of response, needs and style.

RAT™ provides a clear structure for helping you see whether a dog and human are aligned, or if their individual patterns of behavior are creating challenges or even conflict.

Put your training time, energy and resources into addressing the actual issues, not following a one-size-fits-all training plan.

RAT™ clearly identifies the strengths and weaknesses of any dog/handler team.

Training Triage helps you prioritize and develop a sensible, targeted training plan for improving and strengthening the relationship.

RAT’s rapid assessment provides clear, actionable information for you as trainer/instructor and provides talking points for discussion with clients.

Grounded in detailed observation, RAT™ can be used for initial assessment as well as for monitoring progress over time or situations.

If you are involved in helping people and dogs find their best relationship, RAT™ is a must-have tool that streamlines your training so that you can be as effective, humane and customized as possible.

RAT™ is ideal for trainers, instructors, shelter workers, rescue groups, veterinarians, vet techs, breeders, service dog trainers, AAI/AAT and anyone interested in understanding and enhancing the dog/human relationship.

CLICK HERE for complete information on our RAT: Relationship Assessment Tool online course

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