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Puppy Aptitude Test

At 7 weeks of age we perform a puppy aptitude test. We do our best to follow the Volhard guidelines. This test is a helpful TOOL to help guide placement with families. It is not a pass/ fail test, but instead helps to give insight to how a puppy may grow up. Continued socialization, training and lifestyle is the only guaranteed way to ensure a certain type of dog as an adult, but this test helps us see who may or may not be more prone to certain behaviors, traits, and skills. 

When viewing the test videos, please keep in mind that part of our daily socialization with the puppies includes purposeful handling. We expect our puppies to have little no no reaction to the following categories, because they have literally been practicing them for the last 7 weeks. This breed requires regular, professional grooming, so this purposeful handling helps them to be more comfortable in a grooming setting. 

Elevation dominance

Social Dominance

Touch Sensitivity 

Restraint

Here is a breakdown of the catigories, and some information about what we are looking for. Remember, there is no "pass or fail", and a mix of scores in expected. 

The aptitude test is done is a new area for the puppies, with ideally a person that they have not interacted with much. 

*This information is copied from volharddognutrition.com

• Social Attraction - degree of social attraction to people, confidence or dependence.
• Following - willingness to follow a person.
• Restraint - degree of dominant or submissive tendency, and ease of handling in difficult situations.
• Social Dominance - degree of acceptance of social dominance by a person.
• Elevation - degree of accepting dominance while in a position of no control, such as at the veterinarian or groomer.
• Retrieving - degree of willingness to do something for you. Together with Social Attraction and Following a key indicator for ease or difficulty in training.
• Touch Sensitivity - degree of sensitivity to touch and a key indicator to the type of training equipment required.
• Sound Sensitivity - degree of sensitivity to sound, such as loud noises or thunderstorms.
• Sight Sensitivity - degree of response to a moving object, such as chasing bicycles, children or squirrels.
• Stability (Umbrella Test) - degree of startle response to a strange object.

Below is the scoring system we use. Please keep in mind that this is a just a guideline. Generally, we look for our puppies to score between 2 and 5 in most catagories. 

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  • Miss. Red
    Aptitude Test Scoring Social Attraction - Came Ready, Tail down - 4 Elevation Dominance - No Struggle, Relaxed - 4 Touch Sensitivity - No response - (Technically a 1, but we train for little to no response so we count as a 4) Restraint - No Struggle - 5 Retrieving - Does not chase object Sight Sensitivity / Following- Looked with Curiosity, Tail down, followed hesitantly - 5 Sound Sensitivity - Ignored Sound - 6 Umbrella Test - Ran away from the umbrella 6 Red scored mostly 4, 5 and 6. We feel she would do well with a couple, first time owner or experience owner. She is lower energy then some of her siblings and we feel she will make a calm companion.
  • Miss. Pink
    Aptitude Test Scoring Social Attraction - Came hesitantly, Tail down - 5 Elevation Dominance - No Struggle, Relaxed - 4 Social Dominance - Calm, not scared - 4 Touch Sensitivity - No response - (Technically a 1, but we train for little to no response so we count as a 4) Restraint - No Struggle - 5 Retrieving - Does not chase object Sight Sensitivity / Following- Looked with Curiosity, Tail down, followed hesitantly - 5 Sound Sensitivity - Ignored Sound - 6 Umbrella Test - Sat and looked, but did not investigate - 4 Pink scored 4-6. She is cautious in new situations and will require continued socialization and training. We recommend her for an experienced, low energy household.
  • Mr. Green
    Aptitude Test Scoring Social Attraction - Came Ready, Tail up - 3 Elevation Dominance - No Struggle, Relaxed - 4 Touch Sensitivity - No response - (Technically a 1, but we train for little to no response so we count as a 4) Social Dominance - No fear, walked away from tester - 5 Restraint - Struggled, then settled - 4 Retrieving - Investigates object - 5 Sight Sensitivity / Following- Looked with Curiosity, Tail up, - 3 Sound Sensitivity - Located sound- 3 Umbrella Test - Ignored Umbrella - 5 Green scored solidly with 3- 5's. I feel he would do well in an inexperienced or experienced home with or without calm children. He is not overly confident, but not fearful either. I fell with the right guidance he will be a confident, calm dog.
  • Mr. Blue
    Aptitude Test Scoring Social Attraction - Came Ready, Tail down - 4 Elevation Dominance - No Struggle, Relaxed - 4 Touch Sensitivity - No response - (Technically a 1, but we train for little to no response so we count as a 4) Social Dominance - No response, tried to lick - 4 Restraint - No Struggle - 5 Retrieving - Chased Object, does not return - 4 Sight Sensitivity / Following- Looked with Curiosity, Tail up - 3 Sound Sensitivity - Tried to located sound, calm - 3 Umbrella Test - No fear, looked at umbrella - 4 Blue scored mainly 4's. We believe he will do well in any home with new or experienced owners. He has a confident but calm personality and is a very well rounded puppy.
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