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How does one train to be an evaluator of pound or rescue dogs? Is there some type of formal training or is it mainly experience and intuition?
 

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Experience SHOULD be a requirement but unfortunately it isn't always.
 

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Is there a check list or SOP that you use? Bear with me here cause I've gone on instinct and history with 4 other GSD's.
 

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Ideally, someone who goes to evaluate dogs at the shelter should be very knowledgeable about dogs, and especially their body language. There are quite a lot of books out there on the subject and that's where I would start.

Personally, I think you should also know and understand the breed of dog you're going to evaluate.

There's an article on a Shiba website that outlines a very, very basic evaluation of dogs at the shelter to see whether they might be candidates for rescue, and maybe that'll be interesting / helpful to you:
http://www.shibaweb.com/rtemp.htm
 
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