KK Litter Police/Narcotics Test Results

KK Litter Police Dog/Narcotics Dog Temperament Test
The KK Litter was tested at 50 Days

Mr. Blue, Miss Gold & Miss Pink went to Colorado and Miss Purple went to Georgia, all as pets.  Miss Red went to Montana to be trained as a service dog.

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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 & Bonnie can’t come do the SAR testing, which was the case with this litter.

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.

Results are listed after the description of each part of the Test.  At the bottom, test results are listed for Lively (mother) and Lively’s mother & grandmother (maternal grandmother and 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 average about 45 seconds
Gold Female average over 1 minute, then looked at me when I spoke to   her
Pink Female above average 10 seconds; recognized with a lick
Purple Female above average recognized me right away & licked
Red Female above average took about 12 seconds

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
Gold Female excellent nice
Pink Female excellent
Purple Female excellent great
Red Female excellent great

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
Gold Female average good – held ball
Pink Female average
Purple Female minimal not much interest
Red Female minimal

4.  Perseverance  Then perseverance is evaluated by seeing how enthusiastically they will pursue, grab hold, and tug on a rope sack.  Ideal reaction is to pursue enthusiastically, grasp with a full mouth bite, tug and do everything possible to posses the object.  If a sack is used, 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 minimal
Gold Female average OK, not a lot of chase
Pink Female above average nice; liked to chase soft toy
Purple Female above average good chase
Red Female average 3 – 4 times with front bite, then okay bites

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 above average
Gold Female above average did well
Pink Female above average OK   – showed a reaction, then went back to playing
Purple Female excellent good; not afraid of noise
Red Female above average good; circled & looked

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 above average nice
Gold Female average OK
Pink Female above average stopped & looked, then OK
Purple Female excellent nice
Red Female above average OK   – she circled the train & then when it was off came to it

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 above average good
Gold Female above average nice – stopped & then recovered well
Pink Female above average OK – went around to look a little
Purple Female above average good – backed up & went to look
Red Female above average good

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 average 35 seconds
Gold Female above average OK, took 12 seconds of squirming but looking
Pink Female excellent made eye contact right away – squirmed for 12 seconds – then eye contact
Purple Female above average 12 seconds
Red Female excellent 3 – 4 seconds of struggle, then 6 seconds of calm

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
Gold Female above average OK – 15 seconds
Pink Female average 8 seconds
Purple Female above average 20 seconds
Red Female above average Nice – 18 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.

Pup

Rating

Additional Observations
Blue Male excellent great
Gold Female excellent very good; no issues with tarp
Pink Female excellent great
Purple Female excellent good – nothing seemed to bother her
Red Female excellent great

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 average good
Gold Female above average good
Pink Female above average good
Purple Female above average good – prey & grabbed
Red Female excellent loved the drag – front bite only – and used paws

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 average OK – took time   eating
Gold Female above average OK – did some air scent
Pink Female above average nice – used nose   & eyes
Purple Female above average nice – used nose   & eyes
Red Female above average good – not   systematic but interested

Tester Comments:

Pup

Comments
Blue Male Nice, laid back   pup – easy going – interested in things around him but not overly so
Gold Female Cute girl – held ball & carried it with her
Pink Female Nice pup –   talkative – confident – had best bite of group
Purple Female Good   girl – confident.  Lots of prey – liked   soft toy best.
Red Female Nice pup!  Likes to play – independent & confident

Summary

Pup

Rating

Tests
Blue Male excellent Sensitivity, Unstable   Footing
Blue Male above average Confidence, Fear, Aggression & Courage, Surprise
Blue Male average Attachment, Submission, Hunt for Food I, Hunt for Food II
Blue Male minimal Retrieve ball, Retrieve toy, Perseverance
Gold Female excellent Sensitivity, Unstable Footing
Gold Female above average Confidence, Fear, Surprise, Submission, Hunt for Food I, Hunt for Food II
Gold Female average Attachment, Retrieve ball, Perseverance, Aggression & Courage
Pink Female excellent Sensitivity, Submission, Unstable Footing
Pink Female above average Attachment, Perseverance, Fear, Aggression & Courage, Surprise, Hunt for Food I, Hunt   for Food II
Pink Female average Confidence, Retrieve ball, Retrieve toy
Purple Female excellent Sensitivity, Fear,   Aggression & Courage, Unstable Footing
Purple Female above average Attachment, Submission, Confidence, Perseverance, Surprise, Hunt for Food I, Hunt for   Food II
Purple Female minimal Retrieve ball, Retrieve toy
Red Female excellent Sensitivity, Submission, Hunt for Food I, Unstable Footing
Red Female above average Attachment, Confidence, Fear, Aggression & Courage, Surprise, Hunt for Food II
Red Female average Perseverance
Red Female minimal Retrieve ball, Retrieve toy

Comparison

Test

Excellent

Above Average

Average

Minimal

Attachment

Pink, Purple, Red

Blue, Gold,

Confidence

Blue, Gold, Purple, Red

Pink

Pain Sensitivity

All

Retrieve Ball

Gold, Pink

Blue, Purple, Red

Retrieve Toy

Pink

Blue, Purple, Red

Perseverance

Pink, Purple,

Gold, Red

Blue

Fear (can)

Purple

Blue, Gold, Pink, Red

Aggression & Courage (train)

Purple

Blue, Pink, Red

Gold

Surprise (umbrella)

all

Submission

Pink, Red

Gold, Purple

Blue

Hunt for Food I (jerky on string)

Red

Gold, Pink, Purple

Blue

Hunt for Food II (hidden pieces)

Gold, Pink, Purple, Red

Blue

Unstable Footing

all

For interest, I include the puppies’ mother’s, 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.

Lively’s Temperament Tests (mother of this litter)

Search And Rescue Test by Janet Wilts, done at 52 & 53 days of age (10 is top score)     

  Rating SAR & Schutzhund prospect
Saturday 9 – 10  Confident, good prey
Sunday 10 Good nose, 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.

Test

Rating

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

Test

Rating

Comments

Submission & Confidence 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

Rating

Tests

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; 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 10 10
Socialability 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.  

Test

Suzan

Janet (10 =   excellent)

Acceptance/Attachment Excellent 8
Pain Sensitivity Excellent
Retrieve High Average 5
Unstable Surfaces Excellent 10
Perseverance Excellent Tug 10; prey 10
Courage and Aggression Above Average 10
Fear Excellent 10
Surprise Excellent 10
Submission Above Average
Forgiveness Above Average Medium

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 grandmother; maternal 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.

Test

Rating

Comments

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

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