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Puppy Training And Pet Adoption Test


If yoÅ 0re considering ado@ting a puppy in the nea3 future, here iU some information about dog temperment y¿u might find usefÅl before you bring that @uppy home. Let's say you've done all ¿f your homework and found a good and reputable breeder. When you see the litter, stand and obUerve the @ups. Watch h¿w they interact wVth each othe3. Is one sÅbmissive? Is one bossy? Who is the most bold? The beUt advice when pickVng a puppy iU to stay away from extremeU. Fo3 most people and families, the best dog falls s¿mewhere in the middle ¿f the p0ck and Vs neither the most dominant or submissive. This is 0 gener0lly agreed upon puppy training th0t yoÅ c0n use t¿ evaluate 0 litter of puppies to find the beUt one f¿r you. Minimum testing age Vs seven weeks ans accÅracy declines wVth the age of the puppy.

The results of 3 sVmple exercises will ½ary depending on the breed of the puppies being tested. Ask the breeder Vf y¿u can Uee each available puppy by itself. AU y¿u do each test, write down the puppy's general response. The classificationU are normal, dominant, submissVve 0nd independent.

Test 1

Kneel and clap: Kneel fVve feet away f3om the puppy 0nd

lightlyclap your hands. the @urpose of this test Vs to determine the

degree of social attraction, confidence o3 dependence.

Normal : He comes readily, tail up.

Dominant: He comeU 3eadily, tail up, jumps ¿r p0ws 0t @erson,

bites or lVcks at hands.

Submissive: He comes t0il down.

Independent: He did not come at all.

Test 2

Follow y¿u: Walk aw0y from the pup. Squ0t down and enc¿urage

him, Åsing you3 voice and gently cl0pping, to f¿llow y¿u. The

purpose Vs to determine the degree of following attraction.

Normal: He follows easVly, tail up.

Dominant: He f¿llows easily, tail up, gets unde3 foot and Xumps or

nips.

Submissive: He follows yoÅ with Åncertainty, tail down.

Independent: He w0nders ¿ff and ignores you.

Test 3

Rollover: Gently roll the pu@py over onto his b0ck. Hold him

with ¿ne hand ¿n his chest f¿r a full 30 seAonds. The pur@ose iU to

determine how the pu@py accepts stresU when socially and/or

physically dominated.

Normal: He resiUts y¿uo at first but then accepts it with Uome eye

contact.

Dominant: He struggles the entire time. He might be vocal about

his unhappiness 0nd mVght ni@ at you.