Canine Behavior Case Study Template
This form is intended as a guide for members who wish to write up their case studies to be featured in BARKS from the Guild. Feel free to amend accordingly.
Details of other pets in household
Details of people in household
Any known background about the dog
How long has the client had the dog?
Is the client an experienced dog owner/experienced with this breed?
What is the dog’s diet? Give details of mealtimes/treats
Where does the dog sleep?
Where does the dog stay if left home alone?
What sort of exercise (on leash/off leash/access to other dogs)/playtime (toys, games)/other highlights does the dog get on a daily basis and how often ( i.e. details of daily routine)?
Details of any medical conditions
Has the dog had any training (if so, where/what)?
Does the client train the dog at home (if so, how)?
What sort of basic obedience does the dog have?
Details of the inappropriate behavior
When was it first noticed?
Was there any apparent cause?
Dog’s emotional state/body language before/during/after performing inappropriate behavior
Dog’s overall mood state when not performing inappropriate behavior
What is reinforcing the inappropriate behavior?
How does the client react at the time of the inappropriate behavior (if present)?
What has the client tried to do about it, if anything (and how does the dog respond to this)?
Observations during consult
Perceptions of owner/owner compliance
Behavior modification plan
Suggested pharmacological intervention (if considered absolutely necessary and only in conjunction with behavior modification plan)
Follow up/progress report
Any other relevant details/comments