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Match-Up II

Match-Up stands for the “Marder-Animal Rescue League Test for Canine Homing Using Personality.” The Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program is a multi-part system, which incorporates information from a dog's behavioral history, behavior evaluation, and behavior in a shelter, in order to get a comprehensive view of a dog's individual needs. The program is designed to help shelters learn about the personality and needs of each dog so that behavioral interventions can be implemented when needed and successful matches made. The Match-Up II Program is now available online. For more information, you may view the Match-Up II Brochure [pdf]

In order to accurately administer the Match-Up II Program including its behavior evaluation, we strongly recommend that you get training. To setup free training or if you have any questions regarding the Match-Up II Program please contact the Center for Shelter Dogs via email at csd@arlboston.org or by calling (617) 226-5664. You may also attend a free Match-Up II Webinar, visit our webinar page for details.

The Match-Up II Rehoming Program currently consists of 5 parts:

1. Behavioral History (Intake)

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2. Behavior Evaluation

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3. Personality Scoring

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4. Behavior in the Shelter

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5. Behavioral Triage

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If you are looking to simply download the Intro to Match-Up II Manual and the How to Conduct the Behavior Evaluation video, please click here.

Introducing Match-Up II Online!

Now it’s even easier to conduct Match-Up II. Register today to conduct the behavior evaluation with ease, get automatic personality scores and triage results, and generate dog behavior reports!

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Match-Up II Online


The Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program is designed to get a better understanding of shelter dogs and their individual behavioral needs, so more successful matches can be made.



Video by Charles River Media

Match-Up II Online


The Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program is designed to get a better understanding of shelter dogs and their individual behavioral needs, so more successful matches can be made.



Video by Charles River Media