Jamboree Temperament Test Photos

Jamboree’s Best Photos from the Temperament Tests

Police/narcotics test results and Search & Rescue Test Results
She was Miss Pink from the JJ Litter. 

Search & Rescue Test

I took over 100 photos of each pup.  The testers move all over the big room so it’s hard to get photos of every test for every pup.  These are the best ones of Jamboree.

The Cadaver Test

A jar with human cadaver scent was opened and placed a distance away.   The testers note if a pup is interested, and how intensely.  Miss Pink showed intense interest.  Good girl!

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The Hunt for Food Test

Janet hid treats.  The pups had to use their noses to find where the meat was.  They were judged on how they how they used their noses and how systematic their searching was.

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The Lamb

The friend whose shop we used if from a sheep ranching family, so instead of a rocking horse they have a rocking lamb, about
life sized, stuffed, with fleece.  The testers put it in the middle of the room and watch to see how a pup reacts.  It can elicit interesting reactions from pups the first time they see it.  Miss Pink is such a fun pup that I could tell the testers were having a ball, especially when they lifted her on the back of the stuffed lamb instead of just seeing if she’d sniff it!

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The Perseverance Test

Perseverance is evaluated by seeing how enthusiastically they will pursue and grab hold of an object.  Ideal reaction is to pursue enthusiastically and grasp with a full mouth bite.

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The Retrieve Test

Willingness to retrieve is evaluated using different toys and balls.  Ideal reaction is to repeatedly being the toy back to the handler rather than moving off to “possess” it.  The type of bite on the toys is evaluated:  a full mouth bite shows more confidence and drive than a front-teeth-only bite.

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The Tug Test

Ideal reaction is a full mouth bite, tug and do everything possible to posses the object.  We like to see a pup get its whole body on the toy in an effort to subdue it.  Jamboree tugged on everything, including the string.

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The Surprise Test

The surprise test involves getting the pup to chase you (or a toy) towards a  place with a hidden person, from behind which an umbrella is opened suddenly and then lowered to the ground, still open.  The umbrella this year was opened with great vigor.  The pups are evaluated on how they recover from being startled and if they’ll go investigate.  Ideal reaction is for the pup to startle but hold its ground, then move right up to check out the umbrella.  A super excellent reaction is to go up and bite it and/or walk all over it. The tester encourages the pup to investigate after the umbrella is on the top step, if it doesn’t on its own.  She notes how much encouragement is needed.

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The Unstable Footing Test

Since SAR dogs will search in all kinds of terrain and areas of destruction, they must be confident in insecure situations.  We used a tarp and a float cushion on top of pieces of plywood resting on pvc pipes and a ladder, plus a strip of plywood on a wooden sawhorse set on its side, which made a see saw.

Miss Pink gave us a chuckle on the unstable footing test.  They had laid a ladder on the floor put carpet over it, laid a tarp over and leaned a round piece of plywood against it.  Miss Pink, as she maneuvered the pile of obstacles, slid down the leaning board and thought it such great fun that she raced around to where she could climb back up on the obstacle and slide down the plywood again.

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The Wheelbarrow Test

Simulating boat rescue work, the pup was placed in a wheelbarrow.  Janet walked backwards in front, offering treats to the pup as Bonnie wheeled it around the room.  They ended with Bonnie lifting the wheelbarrow handles so as to lower the front and Janet kneeling down, inviting the pup to come out of the wheelbarrow to her.

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Police/Narcotics Test

The next day my friend who is a former K9 officer came and administered the police/narcotics test.  Because of the weather, we were forced to do it at the same location, which is definitely a disadvantage.  Suzan is much quieter both physically and vocally as she tests the pups and they obviously missed the previous day’s fun.  Jamboree, especially, had a “been there, done that” attitude and didn’t score as well as the day before.  She’s going to be a pup who delights in new things and is bored by repetition. Again, these are the best of the photos I took.

The Confidence Test

The confidence part of the test involves holding the pup out at arm’s length for several seconds.  The pup should accept the handler putting it in position and remain calm.

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The Retrieve Test

Willingness to retrieve is evaluated using different toys:  a stuffed toy, a Frisbee and different balls.  Ideal reaction is to repeatedly being the toy back to the handler rather than moving off to “possess” it.  The type of bite on the toys is evaluated:  a full mouth bite shows more confidence and drive than a front-teeth-only bite.

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The Perseverance Test

Then perseverance is evaluated by seeing how enthusiastically they will pursue, grab hold, and tug on a rope.  Ideal reaction is to pursue enthusiastically, grasp with a full mouth bite, tug and do everything possible to posses the rope.  We like to see a pup get its whole body on the rope in an effort to subdue it.

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Miss Pink will tug on anything.

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The Courage/Aggression Test

Courage and aggression is evaluated using an electric train that when turned on moves erratically, whistles loudly, clanks, etc.  Will they stand their ground?  Will they go investigate it?  Excellent reaction is to go to the moving, clanking train and check it out.  Extremely excellent reaction is to actually attack it while it moves.  Good reaction is to investigate it after the tester turns it off.  The tester encourages the pup to investigate after it is turned off, if it wouldn’t while it was “whistling” and moving.  She notes how much encouragement is needed.

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The Surprise Test

This test involves getting the pup to chase you (or a toy) towards a place with a hidden person, from behind which an umbrella is opened suddenly and then lowered to the ground, still open.  The pups are evaluated on how they recover from being startled and if they’ll go investigate.  Ideal reaction is for the pup to startle but hold its ground, then move right up to check out the umbrella.  A super excellent reaction is to go up and bite it and/or walk all over it. The tester encourages the pup to investigate after the umbrella is on the top step, if it doesn’t on its own.  She notes how much encouragement is needed.  Miss Pink quickly found the person behind the umbrella.

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The Food Drag Test

This test begins with a piece of jerky tied on a string and dragged to attract the pup’s interest and see how interested it is,
how hard it will work to get it, and how hard it will work to keep it as the tester jerks, tugs and generally prevents the pup from easily eating it.  She then entices the pup to follow it to the area where she has hidden food (test 2).

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Using Her Nose on Her Own

Jamboree took a break before she was ready to do the food search test – she wanted to be sure none of the jerky from the food drag test had been left.  She started searching back the way they came, then caught scent of Laurie hiding in the “blind” and zeroed in on her.

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The Food Search Test

Suzan hid treats in the middle of the room.  The pups had to use their noses to find where the treats were.  They were judged on how they followed her direction for where to search and how systematic their searching was.

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Pulling the tarp up to get to the food underneath it.

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