About Abadog

Abadog® technology provides behavioural assessments and reports for dogs. It consists of the most technologically advanced behaviour questionnaire ever developed, which is used to create the most comprehensive report available today.

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The history of Abadog

The Abadog® website was founded in 2017, it was created and programmed by Dr Dennis Wormald. Dr Wormald is a dog behaviour geek. His studies at The University of Melbourne include a degree in behavioural neuroscience, a year of research in behavioural neuroscience, a veterinary science degree and finally a PhD in dog anxiety disorders. During his PhD, Dr Wormald led, designed and authored 4 scientific studies that were published in reputable international scientific journals (links below). He still works as a veterinarian in Melbourne and lectures veterinary medicine students on dog behaviour at Melbourne University. This high level of theoretical and practical knowledge in dog behaviour provides an assurance that the information provided on the Abadog website will be humane, contemporary and effective.

The ethics of Abadog

Abadog's values surrounding the treatment of behavioural issues in dogs focuses on encouraging a compassionate and prevention-centric mindset. No dog should be unnecessarily forced to endure fear, anxiety or panic attacks, and should never have to suffer aversive human punishment as a result of these emotions. Unfortunately many behaviourists still believe in using fear to control dogs. Psychologically damaging "solutions" to dog behaviour problems are presented as a quick fix through the use of things like "static collars" (painful) and "corrections" (fear/pain). While these techniques may work well for resilient dogs, the most seriously affected dogs are always suffering from the dog equivalent of a mental health illness. These dogs are very fearful or anxious and often misunderstood as being naughty or disobedient. The use of pain and fear to "fix" these dogs is like using pain and fear to "fix" a person suffering from anxiety or depression. Unfortunately the very people using these techniques rarely understand how to accurately diagnose fear and anxiety related behavioural problems in dogs. Because Abadog is designed to prevent the recommendation of such techniques, any behaviourist consulting on this platform will be guaranteed to be providing safe and humane advice in their report.