What You Need to Know About Court-Ordered Dog Evaluations

Behavioral assessment is becoming an important tool for determining whether a dog’s aggressive behavior is bad enough to require training or another form of intervention. Animal shelters use such dog behavior assessments to identify which dogs are overly aggressive and not quite ready to rehome, and which are already eligible for adoption. 

When Do You Need a Court-Ordered Evaluation? 

Of course, it’s one thing to evaluate a shelter dog before adoption, and quite another to evaluate a dog that is already a pet but has attacked someone. When your dog bites a person, a court might ask for an evaluation of the dog before determining the penalties. Some courts might also ask for routine behavior evaluation if the canine is dangerous, threatening, vicious, or exhibits aggressive behavior. The objective of the court-ordered evaluation is to provide information to the court to make a determination on whether the dog would reasonably be expected to be a threat to the public, and whether the owner may have the dog returned to them.

Court-Ordered Evaluation Objective 

A court-ordered evaluation helps identify the cause of the bite and how you can avoid a subsequent offense. It also plays a significant role in knowing if the dog is a threat to the community under standard conditions. And if the results show that the dog is a threat to the general public, the assessment analyses what the owner can do to ensure the public’s safety — such as keeping the dog in a more secure enclosure. 

However, it is important to remember that an evaluation does not determine if the canine is good, bad, or aggressive. Remember, a canine can bite anybody for different reasons. Therefore, when you come to us for help, our job is to ensure that we give you humane and practical choices for the future. Once we have addressed public safety, we will help you resolve the issues that forced your dog to bite someone. 

Court-Involved Evaluation 

A court-involved evaluation is a behavioral evaluation carried out without an order of the court, but on the owner’s initiative and with the owner’s approval. 

In a court-involved evaluation, the owner is the one who requests the evaluation before any orders of the court are entered. Most dog owners conduct this evaluation to know the reason for their pet’s biting behavior and how to control the behavior. 

What Are the Differences Between Court-Ordered Evaluation and Court-Involved Evaluation? The main difference between the two is that in court-involved evaluation, the owner requests the dog’s assessment while in court-ordered, the court asks for the assessment. A court-involved evaluation occurs before any orders of the court are entered while an ordered evaluation occurs after a court proceeding. 

How Can Effective Training Help Your Dog Be Better Behaved or Happier? 

Training a dog is not just a great way to avoid the kind of aggressive behavior that requires a court-ordered evaluation. It’s also an ideal way of creating a deeper, more enjoyable bond with your companion animal. Training your dog with both physical activities and mental stimulation can stop its destructive behavior, including biting and chewing. However, for a dog training session to be effective, you must make it fun and use a dog-friendly workout approach. 

We offer dog training programs that have been effective with some of the most difficult dogs. It takes time, but we’ve had success with dogs all across Colorado! So whether your pup is facing a court-ordered evaluation or you just see the writing on the wall, get in touch with us today.