Behavior Education Network Pro Member Webinar for September 2018
(October’s topic will be announced soon!)

“How To Do Court Ordered Evaluations”

More and more communities are taking a progressive, or individual approach, when dealing with dogs that bite or threaten people.  Rather than taking a “one size fits all” approach, the courts are ordering these dogs to be professionally evaluated, and using those individual assessments to help decide what consequences both dogs and owners will face.

While this has the potential to be a good strategy, everything hinges on the quality of the evaluation. We’ve seen evaluations done by experienced, good trainers, that are not good evaluations.  Our professional opinion is that evaluating animals for legal purposes is a skill set that requires mentoring to acquire.   We’ve had several mentors who taught us the ropes for legal work and their invaluable instruction has made all the difference.

To perform a court ordered evaluation, you must have a firm basis for justifying what procedures to perform.  You have to know what documents to ask for and who to ask for them.  Your evaluation is only as good as the report you write for the court, and there are several specific goals you must accomplish when you create that document.  Even more important than all those necessities is being VERY clear on what your role is when you do an evaluation.

And finally, you may be called on to testify in court and have your evaluation critiqued and criticized by the opposing attorney, the prosecutor, and read by any opposing expert.

If all that sounds daunting, it needn’t be IF you’ve been properly coached and mentored. Legal evaluations can pay well, and if you develop a stellar reputation for the quality and fairness of your evaluations, you can become the professional in your community the courts rely on.

Now you have the opportunity to learn How To Do Court Ordered Evaluations in this webinar course. Even if you’ve already done evaluations for the courts, we guarantee you’ll do better ones after learning what we’ll teaching you in this course.  Remember the old adage – sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  1. What your role is when conducting an evaluation.
  2. What to include in your contract with the entity that is paying you, whether that’s the court, an attorneyor the owner
  3. What documents you should review, where to get them, and what you are looking for in those documents
  4. Do you need a “hands on” interactive evaluation? And if you do, what procedures do you include?
  5. All important safety measures both during the evaluation and for when and if, the dog remains in the home.
  6. How to write your report and what other experienced experts will instantly recognize as weak points
  7. How and when to get paid!
  8. How to avoid miscommunications and contract breakdowns
  9. When to say no
  10. And MUCH MORE!

This is a two part course.

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