Making a Plan

How do we come up with a plan? Each planning process has 3 components:

1. Data: See Animal Assessment for the types and sources of data to collect. When considering the animal, ask yourself:

  • Who are you?
  • What condition are you in?
  • During daily rounds and daily interaction, how are you doing in our care?

2. Assessment: Use the obtained information to determine possible strategies.

  • What do you need right now?
  • What strategies are we able to offer you?
  • What can we implement TODAY?
  • How do we make a favourable outcome happen for you?

The strategies that are available to us can be found in:

Behavioural Enrichment for Cat and Kittens
Behavioural Enrichment for Dogs and Puppies
Behavioural Enrichment for Small Animals and Birds

3. Plan: Test the chosen strategies, observe the outcome, and determine if goals of stress reduction and environmental enrichment were met.

  • Is this working for this animal?
  • Is this meeting our goals?

If the answer is no, either the strategies were not appropriate, or the animal’s needs or behaviour have changed; go back to Assessment to choose new strategies.

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