The Pet Aptitude Test (PAT) is an innovative Pet screening process developed by Hannah the Pet Society to learn specific characteristics of each Hannah Pet. Every Pet who joins the Hannah family is tested for aggression and sociability with other Pets, strangers, and little ones. They are also tested for object and food guarding, cooperativity and training motivation. According to Hannah’s Chief Behaviorist Dr. Tripp, “the PAT is patterned after the S.A.T. (Scholastic Aptitude Test), measuring the aptitude of the Pet to be compatible with the new Pet parent. It tests friendliness and education and provides situations that will show aggressive characteristics in potentially dangerous dogs.” No other Pet care organization goes so far to ensure the safety and compatibility for both Pets and families as Hannah!
In short, the PAT provides an insight into potentially dangerous behaviors and mitigates the possibility that a dog will bite. What does all of this mean?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Of those, well over half are children and about one in five require medical attention. While many dog bites occur outside the home and are caused by an unfamiliar dog, most are caused by the family Pet. Problem: People pick Pets that are not best for their family and lifestyle and Pets that have not been tested for behavior.
Good news: most bites are preventable! But it takes effort and a little bit of research. Taking on the responsibility of a new Pet is a decision that should not be made lightly and one for which you should seek professional assistance. There are many factors to consider. First, what do you know about this Pet? Hannah’s Pet parents can rest assured that each Pet we place has passed our PAT screening. Another question is, do you have the time, energy and dedication to commit to this new family member? Responsible Pet parenting and training is key to raising a healthy, happy Pet who is free of aggressive tendencies.
Here are some helpful tips to preventing bites and other inappropriate behaviors in Pets:
- Let Hannah help you find your Perfect Pet Match. Hannah will help you determine the best breed to fit your personality, lifestyle and financial resources. Every Hannah Pet is screened medically and behaviorally and guaranteed healthy and safe.
- Training! Enrolling your puppy/dog into behavior classes early and sticking to a consistent training regimen may be the best way to ensure your Pet steers clear of aggression and other unwanted behaviors. Unlimited puppy, obedience, adult Good Citizenship classes, and private behavior consultations are all included in Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program.
- Spaying and Neutering your pup (included in your Hannah membership) can help reduce aggressive tendencies in addition to addressing over-population and health concerns.
- Practice “gentling” to teach your Pet to submit to human handling, and regularly remove his/her bowl and toys to prevent object and food guarding.
- Socialize your Pet with friends, family, neighbors and other Pets. Taking your Pet to the dog park or on walks to heavily populated streets can be a great way to get them used to the fact that there are other friendly people and Pets in the world!
- Enroll your Pets in Hannah’s Total Lifetime Care program to receive all food, vet care (including spaying/neutering, vaccinations, dental care, parasite controls, medications, surgeries and emergency care) and of course, all the behavioral support your Pets need to become healthy, happy and safe Pet citizens!
Because of our exclusive PAT screening process and our extensive training programs, Hannah guarantees each and every Pet that we place! In addition, we have developed a program we call Hannah’s B.E.S.T. (Behavior, Education, Support and Training) to help our valued Hannah members train their Pet to be the best they can be. Our support staff is available 24-hours a day and is ready to help!
To learn more about the Total Lifetime Care program and Hannah’s B.E.S.T., stop by one of our Placement Centers in Washington Square Mall or Clackamas Town Center.