When assessing dogs in a shelter, not only do we need to consider their body language, but our own as well! Listen to Dr. Sara Bennett discuss how human body language can affect test performance, and learn steps to take to avoid this and maintain safe handling. This presentation, shared at the Purdue Veterinary Medicine 2012 Fall Conference, also gives an overview of a few commonly used behavior assessments. Dr. Bennett received her DVM degree from Purdue University in 2006. She then spent 3 years in as an associate veterinarian in small animal general practice in Evansville, Indiana. She was accepted to the animal behavior residency program sponsored by the Maddie’s Fund Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University in July 2009, and completed the program in 2012, with a Master’s of Science. She obtained certification as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012. Dr. Bennett addresses a variety of behavior problems and behavioral disorders including aggression, inappropriate elimination, compulsive disorder, fears and phobias and behavior problems associated with aging across a wide range of species. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in shelter animals, helping to make these pets more adoptable, strengthen the budding human-animal bond and to keep these animals in their new homes.