JJ Litter Police/Narcotics Temperament Test Results

JJ Litter Police Dog/Narcotics Dog Temperament Test
The JJ Litter was tested at 49 Days

Mr. Blue went to southern Colorado for Search & Rescue; Mr. Green stayed here in Sheridan to train for Search & Rescue; Mr. Sparkle went to Utah for Search & Rescue; Mr. Red went to northern Colorado for obedience, herding, tracking and agility competition and to be a therapy dog; and I kept Miss Purple for breeding, nose work and agility competition and therapy dog work.

Miss Pink is available to a working home, preferably where she will use her nose (Search & Rescue, tracking, nosework, etc., because she LOVES to use it.)

My good friend, Suzan Guilford, came to do the police/narcotics test.  She is a former K9 handler and police officer, former police chief, and has taught at the Wyoming Police Academy.  She has done my temperament tests for over sixteen years, except for a two year absence while she was working in Florida.  Suzan and I over the years have incorporated most of the SAR exercises into her testing, in case Janet can’t come do the SAR testing.  Both SAR testers, Janet & Bonnie, observed and scored the pups as Suzan tested them.  Their ratings and comments appear at the end.

The main difference I see between the police/narcotics test and the SAR test is the attitude of the tester.  In the police test, the tester is very quiet, talking little and using very little body movements.  No other people are present and the environment is kept quiet.  In the SAR test, the tester (often two do the test together) is somewhat more enthusiastic, uses some verbal praise and body movements to get the pup “up” and gives praise.  Other people are sometimes present to watch, though they are asked to be as quiet as possible.  This would fit well with the ultimate purpose of the dogs being tested for both types of training.  In police work the dog must be able to dig down deep inside himself or herself to find the courage and aggression to confront a criminal and/or to search independently and at great distance from the handler.  In SAR the handler is usually closer to the dog and is able to praise and encourage him, especially in extended searches.  There is also generally all kinds of activity and distraction at a search scene so the dog must be able to filter out the extraneous activity and focus on her job.  Both tests are fascinating to watch as is the difference in the pups’ responses in each test.

We were at a disadvantage at this test as Suzan had a conflict on Saturday so the SAR people did their test the first day instead of the second day.    They are much more upbeat and stimulating while testing so we like to do their test after the police/narcotics test.  We also, it being winter, had to use the same building, so everything was familiar and we definitely got a “been there, done that” reaction from some of the pups, especially Miss Pink, and they often didn’t interact as enthusiastically as the day before.  Results are listed after the description of each part of the Test.  At the bottom, test results are listed for Soleil (mother), Chaos & Lively (maternal grandparents) and Lively’s mother & grandmother (maternal great-grandmother and great-great grandmother).

1.  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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male excellent recognized me   right away
Green Male excellent great eye contact   within 2 seconds; licks!
Pink Female excellent great eye contact   & licks right away
Purple Female excellent right away
Red Male excellent recognized me   right away & licked
Sparkle Male high excellent very nice
White Male average never made eye   contact

2.  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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male excellent nice reaction
Green Male excellent good reaction
Pink Female Above average very good
Purple Female excellent good
Red Male low excellent
Sparkle Male excellent good reaction
White Male average good

3.  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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male minimal liked the   chasing; brought Frisbee back once
Green Male ball above average liked to chase   objects
Green Male toy high average brought some back
Pink Female high minimal liked chasing but   no retrieve
Purple Female high minimal chased but no   retrieve
Red Male minimal liked to chase
Sparkle Male high minimal chased ball but   no retrieve; more interest in Frisbee
White Male low average would follow but   not bring back

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

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male above average likes the chase
Green Male high excellent loved   the soft drag toy & following; front teeth bite at first, then full
Pink Female average lost interest;   liked to explore
Purple Female above average prey drive, front   teeth bite, used my sleeve
Red Male high above   average good with   chasing/holding drag toy
Sparkle Male above average liked   the soft toy & rope; used full body to pull but not full mouth bite
White Male above average liked to chase;   minimal bite

5.    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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male excellent no reaction   except to look; put head in can
Green Male excellent no   big reaction
Pink Female average good reaction
Purple Female excellent checked it out   prior to noise & then no reaction except to look at it when it dropped
Red Male high above   average good; circled   around me & checked the can
Sparkle Male excellent looked up;   continued to do what he was doing
White Male average OK; stood   distance

6.  Courage and Aggression 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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male excellent good – went &   sniffed train
Green Male above average did well
Pink Female above average OK – stepped   forward, circled around and interested
Purple Female excellent went up to train   & sniffed it – walked around it and then back again
Red Male high above   average good; circled   around me & checked the train
Sparkle Male excellent went   to train & looked; after it was off he spent a lot of time sniffing it.
White Male average came to train   before turned on

7.    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 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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male excellent went up &   looked
Green Male above average good; noticed   & stood ground
Pink Female above average OK – some   reaction but later encouraged to visit it
Purple Female excellent nice; stood   ground & then looked at it when encouraged; no problem
Red Male low excellent OK, came &   explored
Sparkle Male excellent very good – looked   but kept on pulling his soft toy
White Male average good – looked at;   nothing too much negative or positive

Search And Rescue Tests

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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male low excellent looked at me   right away – then continued to squirm & struggle
Green Male above average 5 seconds;   started verbalizing & rolling to get up
Pink Female average struggled   immediately – then rolled over again & waited approximately 8 seconds   & squirmed
Purple Female above average gave eye contact   right away
Red Male low above average struggled right   away; 10 seconds before stopping & looking at me
Sparkle Male low excellent looked at me   right away & began struggling; then 10 seconds, looked at me again &   squirmed less
White Male average not a lot of   squirming; 20 seconds; eye contact 30 seconds

Confidence Test  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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male above average good; 7 – 10   seconds
Green Male excellent
Pink Female average struggled   immediately – then rolled over again and waited approx 8 seconds & squirmed
Purple Female above average 4-5 seconds then   started whining a bit
Red Male high above   average 6 – 8 seconds
Sparkle Male above average 7   – 8 seconds
White Male above average good; squirmed at   11 seconds

Unstable Footing   Since SAR dogs will search in all kinds of terrain and areas of destruction, they must be confident in insecure situations.  We used boards and carpet pieces.  ALL PUPS RATED EXCELLENT.

Hunt for Food 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).

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male excellent nice
Green Male low excellent getting   the scent & was good
Pink Female above average very nice
Purple Female excellent good – grabbed   food right away
Red Male excellent slower &   methodical
Sparkle Male excellent good; grabbed   hold of it right away
White Male low excellent very   nice!

Hunt for Food II  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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male excellent systematically   used nose
Green Male low excellent started   connecting with handler better; used nose & eyes; mix of systematic &   random
Pink Female average used eyes first   & then nose; would follow direction but wanted to work more independently
Purple Female above average nice;   went by smell & sight; not systematic but overall very good
Red Male excellent good – slow and   methodical – found everything – followed my hands and directions
Sparkle Male above average good – not as   systematic – but continues to return for more
White Male excellent nice   – quiet & methodical & took handler direction; used nose well

Tester Comments:

Pink Female: The explorer!!!

Summary

Blue

            Excellent:                    Attachment, Sensitivity, Fear, Courage & Aggression, Surprise, Submission, Hunt for Food I & II, Unstable Footing

Above Average:          Confidence, Perseverance

Minimal:                      Retrieve ball & toy

Green

Excellent:                    Attachment, Confidence, Sensitivity, Perseverance, Fear, Hunt for Food I & II, Unstable Footing

Above Average:          Retrieve ball, Perseverance, Courage & Aggression, Surprise, Submission

Average:                      Retrieve toy

Pink

            Excellent:                    Attachment, Unstable Footing

Above Average:          Confidence, Sensitivity, Courage & Aggression, Surprise, Hunt for Food I

Average:                      Perseverance, Fear, Submission, Hunt for Food II

Minimal:                      Retrieve ball & toy

Purple

            Excellent:                    Attachment, Sensitivity, Fear, Courage & Aggression, Surprise, Hunt for    Food I, Unstable Footing

Above Average:          Confidence, Perseverance, Submission, Hunt for Food II

Minimal:                      Retrieve ball & toy

Red

            Excellent:                    Attachment, Sensitivity, Surprise, Hunt for Food I & II, Unstable Footing

Above Average:          Confidence, Perseverance, Fear, Courage & Aggression, Submission

Minimal:                      Retrieve ball & toy

Sparkle

            Excellent:                    Attachment, Sensitivity, Fear, Courage & Aggression, Surprise, Submission, Hunt for Food I, Unstable Footing

Above Average:          Confidence, Perseverance, Hunt for Food II

Minimal:                      Retrieve ball & toy

White

            Excellent:                    Hunt for Food I & II, Unstable Footing

Above Average:          Confidence, Sensitivity, Perseverance, Courage & Aggression

Average:                      Attachment, Retrieve ball & toy, Fear, Surprise, Submission

Comparison

Test 1

Excellent

 

2

Above Average

3

Average

4

Minimal

Attachment

Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, Red, Sparkle

White

Confidence

Green

Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, Sparkle, White

Pain Sensitivity

ALL

Retrieve Ball

Green

White

Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, Sparkle

Retrieve Toy

White

Blue, Green,   Pink, Purple, Red, Sparkle
Perseverance

Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Sparkle, White

Pink

Fear (can)

Blue, Green, Purple, Sparkle

Red

Pink, White

Aggression &   Courage (train)

Blue, Purple, Sparkle

Green, Pink, Red, White

Surprise (umbrella)

Blue, Purple, Red, Sparkle

Green, Pink

White
Submission

Blue, Sparkle

Green, Purple, Red

Pink, White

Hunt for Food I (jerky on string)

Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Sparkle, White

Pink

Hunt for Food II (hidden pieces)

Blue, Green, Red, White

Purple, Sparkle

Pink

Unstable Footing

ALL


For interest, I include the puppies’ parents, grandparent’s and great-grandparent’s temperament test results below.  All three of these tests were done by Suzan, former police K9 handler, except for Lively’s & Quinta’s SAR tests, done by Janet Wilts.

Soleil’s Temperament Tests (mother of this litter)

Attachment:                           Average                       OK.  No good eye contact but did lick me after 10                                                                                       seconds

Confidence:                           Above Average           Good – no struggle or problem

Sensitivity:                              Above Average           OK.  Looked at hand, no problem

Retrieve:                                 Average on both         Liked to check it out, stop & lie down with both

ball & toy ball and toy.

Perseverance:                        Above Average          Liked the tug of war.

Fear:                                       Above Average           Good.              No big reaction.

Aggression & Courage:        Average                       Nice.  Stayed at a distance to watch & then came up to look when encouraged. (toy used was an electric  train that when turned on moved erratically, whistled loudly, clanked, etc.)

Surprise:                                Minimal                       Ran away & stopped.  Looked back and returned when encouraged verbally.

Submission:                            Average                      Struggled for 30 seconds & never gave eye contact.

Hunt for Toy:                        Above Average.          Pretty good.  Couldn’t decide which toy he liked better.

Hunt for Food 1:                   Above Average           Pulled on string.  Wanted it as her own.

Hunt for Food 2:                   Above Average           Very good.  Systematic & easily encouraged.

Unstable Footing:                  Excellent

Tester Comments:                 Nice girl!  Not frantic – very even tempered & solid.

 Chaos’ Temperament Tests (grandfather of this litter)

Chaos’ breeder did not do a formal temperament test, so we did one when he arrived.  He was 8 weeks old. 

Attachment:                           Above Average.  Nice!  No problem with adjustment.

Sensitivity:                              Excellent

Retrieve:                                 Average.  Somewhat interested in other things as well.  Easily encouraged.

Perseverance:                      Average.  Very nice. Looked at other objects.

Fear:                                          Excellent.  Looked at can, then went about business.

Aggression & Courage:        Excellent.  Did everything but pick it up.  (toy used was an electric train that when turned on moved erratically, whistled loudly, clanked, etc.)

Surprise:                            Above Average.  Not fair test but no problem.  Looked at umbrella and investigated person.

Submission:                            Above Average.  5 seconds.  Was squirming.  Made eye contact once.

Hunt for Toy:                        Above Average.  Pretty good.  Couldn’t decide which toy he liked better.

Hunt for Food:                      Above Average.  Very good. Fairly systematic.

Tester Comments:  Nice pup – very solid and courageous.  Has a good bit, full mouthed with toys and pull toy.  Nice reaction to train and umbrella.  Gets along with other dogs well (met her dogs afterwards).  Good nose – found food easily and liked looking for it, followed direction of handler.  Nicely encouraged.  Great little boy!


Lively’s Temperament Tests
(maternal grandmother of this litter)

Search And Rescue Test by Janet Wilts, done at 52 & 53 days of age

Rated SAR & Schutzhund prospect   (10 is top score)

Saturday:         9 – 10              Confident, good prey

Sunday:           10                    Good noise, good eye contact, good prey, good tug

The Police Dog/Narcotics Dog Temperament Test, done at 54 days

Since Janet can seldom come to test my pups, Suzan and I over the years have incorporated most of the SAR exercises into our testing.  This was especially nice this time because Janet was unable to do her regular tests due to the weather.

Rating is listed first, then any comments:

Acceptance/Attachment:      Excellent                     Great.  Ran up, licked & nipped at my face

Pain Sensitivity:                     Excellent                     Excellent!!

Retrieve:                                 Above Average           Lots of chase – no bringing

Perseverance:                                    Excellent                     Lots of prey, good speed

Courage and Aggression      Above Average           Good!!

Fear                                        Above Average           Good – didn’t investigate

Surprise                                 Above Average           OK – looked and stopped

Search And Rescue Test

Submission &

Confidence Tests                   Above Average                       Good – no eye contact right away

Unstable Footing                   Excellent

Hunt for Toy                        Above Average                       Stayed with specific toy for a long time

Hunt for Food                       Excellent                                 Great.  Not intimidated, willing to go the distance

Tester Comments:     Full of “Reckless Abandonment.”  Fantastic.  Good full mouth bite.  Drug on blanket (perseverance test). Cel’s note:  What Suzan is referring to is that she had her whole body on the blanket and stayed there while Suzan drug her all around.)

Summary

Excellent:                    Sensitivity, Perseverance, Hunt for Food, Attachment

Above Average:          Submission, Aggression/Courage, Retrieve, Fear, Hunt for Toy, Surprise

 

Quinta’s Temperament Tests (Lively’s mother; maternal great-grandmother of this litter)

The Q Litter was tested on October 30th & 31st, when they were 46 & 47 days old.  Results are listed after the description of each part of the Test.  An extensive Search & Rescue test was done on the 30th, with some retesting on the 31st after the police/narcotics test, if the SAR tester (Janet) hadn’t been satisfied with the pup’s reactions the day before.  For the SAR test, we took the pups to a rural schoolyard which had a very large grassy field.   Heavy rain the day before made the field too soggy for the entire test, so most of the exercises were done in the playground area which is deep in wood chips.  The chips proved to be way too highly tempting to the pups and Janet had to clear their mouths often to get them to go after the toys rather than the chips.  Results are listed after the description of each part of the Test.  You will note that some exercises are done in both tests and other exercises are unique to one test or the other.  Janet was the primary tester, with Kelly, another SAR person, adding her ratings on some tests.  A table with scores from every phase of the test is listed after the test explanation.  Pups reactions are rated on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being excellent.

Temperament Test 1:  the Search & Rescue test

Tug, Prey Drive, Chase, Retrieve Drive, Bite The first series of tests involve the pup’s desire to play, chase the toy, how well the pup bites and hold the toy when he or she gets it, and whether the pup will bring it back to the tester.

Strange Noise, Unstable Surface  The pups are exposed to both a strange, potentially scary noise and an unstable surface.  In this particular test we used a plastic tarp draped over a camp chair.  Janet also invented some additional tests by asking the pups to negotiate a metal grating on the playground equipment, to climb a series of wood sections that ended with a widow and a 6’ drop to the ground.  Janet tested the pups’ trust by handing them down to a helper and noting their reactions.

Hunt for Food and Hunt for Toys  The pups are tested to determine their desire to find the toy when it’s hidden, and to find food.  The toy was hidden under the tarp and the pup encouraged to look for it.  A piece of bacon on a string was drug and bounced past the pups to test their desire to use their noses when they couldn’t see the bacon.  Janet took off fast with the bacon drag and ran way out into the field behind the school.  Quinta was one of only three pups that noticed this first run; Janet had to repeat it twice more to give all pups a chance to be tested.  It is fascinating to see those little noses go to the ground and guide the galloping pups after Janet when she outruns them.

Submission, Forgiveness, Socialability   The pups are graded on their desire to interact with and play with the tester.  For the submission test, each pup was placed on its back and held down firmly for about 10 seconds.  Desirable reaction includes struggle followed by acceptance.  Undesirable reactions include total passivity or frantic struggle with refusal to “give” to the human, or trying to bite.  The pup is judged afterwards on its willingness to forgive the tester for the submission test.  The pup is also held in the air at arms length to judge its confidence in being unsupported.

Confidence  Janet also invented some additional tests by asking the pups to negotiate a metal grating on the playground equipment, to climb a series of wood sections that ended with a widow and a 6’ drop to the ground.  Janet then further tested the pups’ trust and confidence by handing them down to a helper and noting their reactions.

Test Results

 Test                                         Janet’s Rating                        Kelly’s Rating

Tug                                          10+, really grips                      10

Prey                                         10                                            10

Retrieve                                     5                                              6

Unstable Surface                     10                                            10

Forgiveness                               8                                            10

Socilability                              10                                            10

Chase                                      10                                            10

Hunt for Food                         10

Hunt for Toy                           no

Noise                                       10                                            10

Submission                                8                                              8

Bite                                         10                                            10

Trust                                        Good

Temperament Test 2:  The police dog/narcotics dog test

Saturday had been a beautiful day, but Sunday brought a storm with wind and rain mixed with snow.  We had to do the test in a large unheated garage.  The police test is quite different from the Search & Rescue Test.  The main difference I noticed in the SAR test was that the testers played with the pups at the same time, and evaluated them for all of the above as they played with them.  They were also much more physically active and used excited voices and clapping to encourage the pups, while the tester in the police test is very calm and low key, asking the pups to draw the excitement forth from within themselves.  Another difference was that other people stood around just feet from and in full view of each pup as it was tested.  In the police test only the tester is within sight or scent of the pup during the testing and everyone was required to be very quiet. 

Suzan was the main tester, with Janet hiding to open the umbrella on the surprise test.  Janet also gave ratings on some of the test.  Her ratings are listed in italics after Suzan’s.  She used the SAR scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being excellent.

1.  Acceptance/Attachment

Excellent                                 8

2.    Pain Sensitivity

Excellent

3.  Retrieve

High Average                          5

4.  Unstable Surfaces

Excellent                                 10

5.  Perseverance

Excellent                                 Tug:  10                                   Prey:  10

6.  Courage and Aggression

Above Average                       10

7.    Fear         

Excellent                                 10

8.    Surprise

Excellent                                 10

9.    Submission, Forgiveness, Social              Same as SAR tests.

Above Average                       Forgiveness:  medium             Social:  8

 Tester Comments

Very nice, independent pup.  For the most part, full bites & lots of interest.  Puts full body into what she is doing.  Very curious and friendly.

Jubilee’s Temperament Test (Quinta’s mother, Lively’s great-grandmother; maternal great-great-grandmother of this litter)
Jubilee was tested at 52 days (9/6/1998)

This was Suzan’s straight police/narcotics test, before Janet’s Search & Rescue influence caused us to incorporate more items into our test.

Attachment:                           Excellent                     Had no problem following another person

Sensitivity:                             Excellent                     High pain tolerance – came back to handler

Retrieve:                                 Above Average.          No retrieve – did not bring back

Perseverance:                      Above Average.          Chased everything.

Fear:                                       Excellent.                    No reaction – turned and looked into can.

Aggression & Courage:        Above Average           Stood over and sniffed

Surprise:                                Excellent                     Stopped.  Barked.  Looked at umbrella

 

Both SAR testers, Janet & Bonnie, observed and scored the pups as Suzan tested them.

If two ratings are listed, they put the “X” on the upright line between the boxes for those two ratings.
Neither tester commented/rated every exercise on every pup.

1.  Acceptance/Attachment

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent licking/tail wagging
     
Green Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent licked new person – eye contact
     
Pink Female    
     Janet Excellent/above   average
     Bonnie excellent licked immediately
 
Purple Female
     Janet low excellent
     Bonnie excellent immediate acceptance
 
Red Male
     Janet low excellent
     Bonnie excellent face licking, eye contact
 
Sparkle Male
     Janet low excellent face licking
     Bonnie excellent
 
White Male
     Janet average no eye contact
     Bonnie average more aloof, no eye contact at first

2.  Pain Sensitivity

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Green Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Pink Female    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie    
     
Purple Female    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Red Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
White Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie    

 

3.  Retrieve

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet excellent 1 time, really good
     Bonnie – Ball excellent/above   average  
     Bonnie – Toy above average  
     
Green Male    
     Janet low above avg retrieved once
     Bonnie average chased ball & toy
     
Pink Female    
     Janet average no retrieve
     Bonnie average  
     
Purple Female    
     Janet average didn’t
     Bonnie   not too interested today – “old” toys
     
Red Male    
     Janet excellent retrieved once – Suzan didn’t try again
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet low excellent 2 times
     Bonnie – Ball average  
     Bonnie – Toy excellent/above   average once
     
White Male    
     Janet low average no retrieve
     Bonnie – Ball average  
     Bonnie – Toy above average  

4.  Perseverance

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet low   above average  
     Bonnie above average  
     
Green Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent+ did not give up, solid grip
     
Pink Female    
     Janet above average/average not as focused today
     Bonnie above average  
     
Purple Female    
     Janet low above average  
     Bonnie excellent/above   average  
     
Red Male    
     Janet high above average  
     Bonnie above average good tugging/shaking but would let go
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet    
     Bonnie excellent/above   average  
     
White Male    
     Janet high average  
     Bonnie excellent strong tug, did not give up, solid grip

5.    Fear 

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent startle/investigate
     
Green Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie above average  
     
Pink Female    
     Janet low above average  
     Bonnie excellent no concern
     
Purple Female    
     Janet low excellent just looked
     Bonnie excellent didn’t faze her at all
     
Red Male    
     Janet above average sat
     Bonnie excellent/above   average startle, recovery
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet excellent/above   average  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
White Male    
     Janet low above average  
     Bonnie above average recovery, willingness to investigate

6.  Courage and Aggression

 

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet low above average  
     Bonnie above average  
     
Green Male    
     Janet high average  
     Bonnie average retreated, approached, sniffed
     
Pink Female    
     Janet low above average  
     Bonnie   nice reaction & response to train
     
Purple Female    
     Janet low excellent just looked
     Bonnie excellent retreated, approached, sniffed, investigated
     
Red Male    
     Janet excellent went and sniffed
     Bonnie low excellent retreated, approached, sniffed, investigated
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet excellent/above average  
     Bonnie excellent/above average nice investigation; retreat, approach, sniff, investigate
     
White Male    
     Janet above average  
     Bonnie above average  

7.    Surprise  

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent/above average  
     
Green Male    
     Janet above average  
     Bonnie average retreated
     
Pink Female    
     Janet above average  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Purple Female    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent no aversion – met person behind umbrella
     
Red Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent/above   average startle & recovery; retreat, approach, sniff, investigate
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent “whatever”
     
White Male    
     Janet above average/average  
     Bonnie excellent  

 

Search And Rescue Tests

Submission Test 

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet excellent/above average  
     Bonnie excellent struggle/vocalize/eye contact
     
Green Male    
     Janet low above average struggled for 5 seconds
     Bonnie above average  
     
Pink Female    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie above average struggle
     
Purple Female    
     Janet above average  
     Bonnie high above average struggle, whine
     
Red Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent struggle, vocal, then accept
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent struggle/vocalize
     
White Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent minimal struggle – whining

Confidence Test 

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Green Male    
     Janet above average  
     Bonnie high above average quiet at start
     
Pink Female    
     Janet excellent/above average  
     Bonnie excellent a little struggling then settled
     
Purple Female    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Red Male    
     Janet above average  
     Bonnie average uncomfortable for him
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
White Male    
     Janet above average  
     Bonnie excellent no concerns

Hunt for Food

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Green Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Pink Female    
     Janet low above average  
     Bonnie    
     
Purple Female    
     Janet low excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Red Male    
     Janet    
     Bonnie    
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet low excellent/high average marked both
     Bonnie excellent  
     
White Male    
     Janet excellent  
     Bonnie excellent  

 

Hunt for Food II 

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet    
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Green Male    
     Janet    
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Pink Female    
     Janet    
     Bonnie    
     
Purple Female    
     Janet    
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Red Male    
     Janet    
     Bonnie above average  
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet    
     Bonnie above average  
     
White Male    
     Janet    
     Bonnie excellent  

 

Tug:

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male    
     Janet above average let go
     Bonnie    
     
Green Male    
     Janet excellent tugs great – growled
     Bonnie excellent  
     
Pink Female    
     Janet    
     Bonnie    
     
Purple Female    
     Janet above average would let go
     Bonnie    
     
Red Male    
     Janet above average tugged on sleeve
     Bonnie    
     
Sparkle Male    
     Janet excellent nice tug – sat back and pulled
     Bonnie    
     
White Male    
     Janet above average still lets go
     Bonnie    

 

Tester Comments:

Pup

Comment
Blue Male  
     Janet confident
     Bonnie inquisitive, social/happy.  Good working dog.
   
Green Male  
     Janet good working dog – work on confidence
     Bonnie Good working dog!  Needs a bit of confidence building.
   
Pink Female  
     Janet independent, a “been there, done that” attitude
     Bonnie Good investigation of surroundings!  Thinker!  Nice independent gal!
   
Purple Female  
     Janet good confidence – great dog
     Bonnie liked the “new” toys; inquisitive.  NICE confident and social gal!  Full package pup – Happy Dog!
   
Red Male  
     Janet good working dog
     Bonnie  
   
Sparkle Male  
     Janet kept going back (to search for food), good independence, good confidence, good nose
     Bonnie Good working dog!
   
White Male  
     Janet good for pet home
     Bonnie I think it might take this guy a little longer to accept a new person.

Celhaus German Shepherds

4817 Big Horn Ave
Sheridan, WY  82801
celhaus@fiberpipe.net
gsdlover@celhaus.com
307-674-4800 evenings

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