HH Litter Search & Rescue Test Results

HH Litter Search & Rescue Test
The HH Litter was tested at 56 & 57 Days

Mr. Blue & Mr. Lime went to Colorado for Search & Rescue.  Mr. Yellow went to Portland for Search & Rescue.  Miss Rainbow went to Idaho for Search & Rescue.  Miss Purple went to Casper, WY for agility competition.  Miss Red went to Colorado for rally obedience.  Miss Pink stayed here for a pet.  Miss Orange went to Colorado to help her new dad with his construction business, be a therapy dog and possibly raise Search & Rescue puppies.

My good friend, Janet Wilts, came to do the Search & Rescue test.  The first day we used the police/narcotics sheet which has ratings from Excellent to Unacceptable.  The second day I revised the forms to follow what Janet usually uses, ratings from 10 to 1, and she rated the pups as she watched Suzan test the puppies..  Suzan Guilford, another good friend, does the police/narcotics tests and over the years has incorporated the SAR tests since Janet can’t always come test the pups.  The first day the pups were tested outdoors; the second day they were indoors.  Some pups did much better inside than outside, probably because distractions were limited indoors.

Results are listed after the description of each part of the test, rating first, then any additional comments made by the tester.  Options on Day 1 were excellent, above average, average, minimal, insufficient & unacceptable.  If the tester put the “X” on the line between two rating columns, I noted it with a slash between the two ratings.  If they put the “X” far to one side or other of the column, I noted it as “high” or “low”; though sometimes it’s hard to decide if they intended that or were making more room for writing a comment.  If two ratings appear on one day, the last seems to be a composite rating for both days.

Acceptance/Attachment  The first test involves evaluating the pup’s acceptance of the strange place and its willingness to interact with the stranger.  Ideal reaction is eye contact and interest in the stranger but no sign of nervousness in the interaction (we don’t want a “Protect me!” attitude), followed by visual investigation of the surroundings and then a return of attention to the tester.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  high above average
Day 2: 9

Lime Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average
Day 2:  10

Orange Female:
Day 1:  low excellent
Day 2:  10

Pink Female
Day 1:  low above average
Day 2:  10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  excellent; eye contact OK
Day 2:  10

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  above average; some eye contact
Day 2:  9

Red Female:
Day 1:  above average; didn’t want eye contact
Day 2:  9

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  low excellent
Day 2:  9 – 10

Independence  Only evaluated on Day 1.

Blue Male:  10

Lime Male:  Nicely independent.

Orange Female:  10

Pink Female:  9 – 10

Purple Female:  10

Rainbow Female:  9

Red Female:
Day 1:  Average
Day 2 comment:  very independent

Yellow Male:  10

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

Blue Male:
Day 1:  high above average
Day 2:  10

Lime Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average
Day 2: 9

Orange Female:
Day 1:  high above average; 7 – eye contact
Day 2:  10

Pink Female:
Day 1:  low average; 8 – eye contact
Day 2:  10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  excellent
Day 2:  9; not so much eye contact

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  above average
Day 2:  10

Red Female:
Day 1:  minimal
Day 2:  9

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  low excellent
Day 2:  10 & 9 – 10 (two X’s in rating boxes)

Pain Sensitivity  The loose skin over the ribs is gently pinched and the pup’s reaction is noted.  Ideal reaction is to notice the pinch but be unconcerned by it.  We also look for a willingness to forgive the tester.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  low above average
Day 2:  10

Lime Male:
Day 1:  N/A
Day 2:  10

Orange Female:
Day 1:  high above average
Day 2:  10

Pink Female
Day 1:  low above average
Day 2:  10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  low excellent
Day 2:  10

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  above average
Day 2:  10

Red Female:
Day 1:  average
Day 2:  10

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  low excellent
Day 2:  10; harder dog; ignored pain

Retrieve  Next, willingness to retrieve is evaluated using different toys:  a stuffed toy, and a tennis ball.  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.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  excellent on both ball & toy; 10
Day 2:  9 on ball & low 9 on toy; wouldn’t take back as much as Yellow did

Lime Male:
Day 1:  above average on both ball & toy; needs coaxing but will get good at it
Day 2:  Ball rating 9 – 8; wouldn’t take back.  Toy rating 8; not much retrieve but great tug & prey

Orange Female:
Day 1:  excellent both ball & toy; 9
Day 2:  9 both ball & toy; lay down

Pink Female:
Day 1:  minimal both ball & toy; no retrieve
Day 2:  8 both ball & toy; more into tug

Purple Female:
Day 1:  high above average both ball & toy; 8
Day 2: **10; likes original toy

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  minimal both toy & ball; no retrieve – food smell on toy – very food motivated
Day 2:  10 – 9 both ball & toy; would lose focus and not run fast after ball but brought ball back several times

Red Female:
Day 1:  average both ball & toy
Day 2:  10 – 9; only wanted to retrieve metal

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  excellent both ball & toy
Day 2:  10 on both toy & ball

Retrieve Metal Object  Tester tosses a set of car keys or other piece of metal and observes to see if pup will put mouth on it, pick it up and/or retrieve it.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  N/A
Day 2:  didn’t pick up

Lime Male:
Day 1:  8
Day 2:  did not pick up

Orange Female:
Day 1:  10
Day 2:  10

Pink Female:
Day 1:  10
Day 2:  10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  10+
Day 2:  **10

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  didn’t do this with her
Day 2:  10

Red Female:
Day 1:  minimal
Day 2:  10; too cute – digging at metal like Comanche (previous SAR dog of Janet’s)

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  no rating
Day 2:  didn’t pick up but was thrown by train

Perseverance (Chase)  Then 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.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  excellent
Day 2:  low 9; wasn’t as focused

Lime Male:
Day 1:  between excellent & above average on food; average on toy
Day 2:  10 both toy & food

Orange Female:
Day 1:  excellent
Day 2:  8

Pink Female:
Day 1:  low above average; overall good
Day 2:  9

Purple Female:
Day 1:  excellent
Day 2:  9

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  between excellent & above average
Day 2: 9

Red Female:
Day 1:  minimal
Day 2:  7

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  excellent
Day 2:  8

Tug  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 sack in an effort to subdue it.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  10; won’t let go
Day 2:  9 – 8 for tug on cloth; 10 for tug on toy – uses legs for tugging

Lime Male:
Day 1:  10; no regrip – grabs hold & holds; average on toy – little growl, no release
Day 2:  10 both toy & food

Orange Female:
Day 1:  excellent
Day 2:  9; shook, pulled well

Pink Female
Day 1:  8 – on tug on fox (soft toy); 9 – tug with shaking; overall good
Day 2:  10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  10; does not want to let go
Day 2:  nothing listed

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  8
Day 2:  9

Red Female:
Day 1:  4
Day 2:  5 – 6

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  no rating
Day 2:  nothing listed

Prey Drive  Strength of desire to chase and attack is evaluated.  Not all pups were rated both days.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  10

Lime Male:
Day 1:  10

Orange Female:
Day 1:  8
Day 2:  9

Pink Female:
Day 1:  10
Day 2:  9

Purple Female:
Day 1:  10

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  7 on toy; 10 on food
Day 2:  7 – 8

Red Female:
Day 1:  average
Day 2:  6

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  10

Hunt for Toy While playing with ball or soft toy, hide it and encourage pup to use nose to find. Interest?  How long will pup search?  Uses nose or eyes?  Most pups were rated only on Day 1.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  high above average

Lime Male:
Day 1:  high above average & high average (2 X’s in boxes); 10 on hunt for toy below tarp

Orange Female:
Day 1:  high above average

Pink Female:
Day 1:  low above average

Purple Female:
Day 1:  high above average
Day 2:  10; liked to keep tennis ball

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  no rating

Red Female:
Day 1:  minimal

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average

Hunt for Food I  This test begins with a piece of bacon (Day 1) or jerky (Day 2) 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.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  high above average
Day 2:  10; good hunt – detailed well but didn’t need it.  (Cel’s note:  detailing means following the handler’s direction in searching.  They like search dogs to initiate search on their own rather than depend on the handler to get them started.)

Lime Male:
Day 1:  excellent
Day 2:  10; worked scent cone, not much detailing, though some.

Orange Female:
Day 1:  excellent; 10; very fast, very persistent

Pink Female:
Day 1:  low above average

Purple Female:
Day 1:  excellent; 10
Day 2:  10; didn’t like the food as much; good hunt drive

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  low excellent
Day 2:  10; slow, methodical, would lie down (to eat treat) each time; is a character

Red Female:
Day 1:  average
Day 2:  high 10; independent – searched best on her own

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average
Day 2:  10 & 9 – 10; (two X’s in rating boxes); not having to detail as much; good hunt for food

Hunt for Food II  Janet held or tied the bacon up high and observed how well they would search off the ground and how hard they tried to get to the bacon.  Test was only done on Day 1.

Blue Male:  high above average; frantic when loses scent

Lime Male:  10; good use of nose on ground

Orange Female:  excellent; 10

Pink Female:  no rating

Purple Female:  excellent; 10+

Rainbow Female:  low excellent

Red Female:  average; good nose above ground

Yellow Male:  excellent/above average; 10                 

Hunt for Food III  Janet hid an open sack of treats – sometimes in a bag on the ground, sometimes under the tarp, and watched to see if they would find it.  She started this test after one pup found the open treat bag on her own.  Test only done on Day 1.

Blue Male:  10; found food in bag and under tarp

Lime Male:  good on food under tarp

Orange Female:  found food bag

Pink Female:  no rating

Purple Female:  10; good nose on ground

Rainbow Female:  10; excellent, very persistent, very good nose

Red Female:  average

Yellow Male:  10

Unstable Footing   Since SAR dogs will search in all kinds of terrain and areas of destruction, they must be confident in insecure situations.  On Day 1 Janet used several tarps over a float, some flat, some bunched.  On Day 2 Suzan spread the different items apart.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  Excellent; 10 – good
Day 2:  10

Lime Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 9 – 10; dragged tarp on foot – didn’t care
Day 2:  10

Orange Female:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 9
Day 2:  10

Pink Female:
Day 1:  average but improved; 3
Day 2:  10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  excellent, 10
Day 2:  10

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  high above average; 8
Day 2:  10

Red Female:
Day 1:  average
Day 2:  9 – 10

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  excellent; 9 – 10
Day 2:  10

Runaway  Tester shows pup food, gets its interest, then runs away.  She observes how eagerly the pup comes and how naturally it uses its nose to find her once she hides.  This was only done on Day 1

Blue Male:  10

Lime Male:  10

Orange Female:  10

Pink Female:  10; understood after 1 game

Purple Female:  10+

Rainbow Female:  no rating; (don’t think they did it with her for some reason)

Red Female:  good; good nose to ground

Yellow Male:  10

Submission Test  The submission test is designed to give an idea of the pup’s tractability, trust in humans, and willingness to submit to a human’s directives. In the submission test the pup is held firmly on its back for a short period of time.  The tester counts the seconds it takes for him to resist, then accept, the restraint.  She should not passively accept the restraint, nor should she panic or show avoidance of eye contact.  Ideal reaction is to resist, then submit and look the tester in the face.  We also look for a willingness to forgive the tester.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  excellent; good eye contact
Day 2:  10 – 9

Lime Male:
Day 1:  low excellent – 9 on hold on back; 10 on eye contact.
Day 2:  9 – 8; a little dominant

Orange Female:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 10
Day 2:  8

Pink Female
Day 1:  low above average; 8
Day 2:  9

Purple Female:
Day 1:  excellent; 9
Day 2:  8 – 9

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  high above average
Day 2:  10

Red Female:
Day 1:  above average; distracted
Day 2:  10

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  high above average
Day 2:  10; won’t be dominant; not too submissive

Courage and Aggression  Courage and aggression is evaluated using (Day 1) a police car that when turned on plays sirens and loud voices and (Day 2) a 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 car 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 making noise.  She notes how much encouragement is needed.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 10
Day 2:  9; not as good as Yellow

Lime Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 10
Day 2:  10

Orange Female:
Day 1:  above average; 9 -10
Day 2:  6

Pink Female:
Day 1:  low average; 10
Day 2:  10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  low excellent; 10
Day 2:  10

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  excellent/above average
Day 2:  10; knocked over – didn’t care at all

Red Female:
Day 1:  minimal
Day 2:  9

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 10
Day 2:  10; went to it to investigate

Fear  A metal can filled with metal items (horseshoes, nails, bolts, etc.) is dropped behind them from a height of about 2 feet while they are looking away from it.  Will the pup hold its ground and then go look at what dropped from nowhere?  Excellent reaction is to acknowledge and turn towards the sound and then confidently go see what made the racket.  The tester encourages the pup to investigate, if it doesn’t on its own.  She notes how much encouragement is needed.  I find most of my pups look towards the racket and keep on playing with the toy they had, rather than stopping their play to go investigate.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 10; did investigate
Day 2:  10

Lime Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 10
Day 2:  10

Orange Female:
Day 1:  above average; 10
Day 2:  10

Pink Female:
Day 1:  low average; 9
Day 2:  9 – 10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  low excellent; 10
Day 2:  10

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 10
Day 2:  10

Red Female:
Day 1:  minimal; 5 – 6
Day 2:  10

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 9
Day 2:  10

Surprise  The last 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.

Blue Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 9
Day 2:  10 – 9; looked, backed up, right at umbrella instead of off to the side.

Lime Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 9
Day 2:  10

Orange Female:
Day 1:  above average; 8
Day 2:  7

Pink Female:
Day 1:  low average
Day 2:  9 – 10

Purple Female:
Day 1:  low excellent; 10
Day 2:  7

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  no rating
Day 2:  9; didn’t want to get too close but didn’t run

Red Female:
Day 1:  minimal; 3
Day 2:  7

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  excellent/above average; 9
Day 2:  10

Tester Comments:

Blue Male:
Day 1: #1 Pick.  Good nose to ground; Prey drive – 10; Find – 10.  Excellent.  Good SAR dog.   Better than Yellow on this day.  Was sleepy at first.
Day 2: Not as good as Yellow this day

Lime Male:
Day 1:  #2 Pick.  Will be excellent SAR dog!
Day 2:  Good SAR dog.  Work on retrieve.

Orange Female:
Day 1:  Good SAR dog; fast & agile;
Day 2:  Overall good SAR dog; work on.  Was less confident on objects than on my (Janet’s) test.

Pink Female:
Day 1:  A little too sensitive to noise; needs more confidence.
Day 2:  Much better on this test; don’t use my test

Purple Female:
Day 1:  #1 female; good SAR dog
Day 2:  Overall excellent; work with eye contact & umbrella; less confident on objects than on my (Janet’s) test

Rainbow Female:
Day 1:  Good SAR dog

Red Female:
Day 1:  Good nose scent dog; not for SAR.  Wants to do things on her terms.
Day 2:  Nose work or obedience or pet; not as social as others

Yellow Male:
Day 1:  Good SAR dog.  Wants to destroy soft toy.
Day 2:  Good with everything.  Great SAR dog – work on tug.  Very confident & happy, loves people.  Not as prey oriented this time but still good.