||Puppy Behavior Test
Note. The data in page 9a is from Making Friends: Training Your Dog
Positively (p. 46) by Linda Colflesh, 1990, New York: Howell Book House.
Copyright 1990 by Linda Colflesh.
Puppy Behavior Tests
I . Social Attraction
Have someone place the puppy on the floor approximately four feet from
the tester, who is kneeling on the floor. The tester coaxed the puppy to
him with his voice and body motions.
A. Puppy runs to tester with tail up, jumps
B. Puppy takes a few seconds to look around,
then comes to tester, tail up.
C. Puppy comes hesitantly, tail down.
D. Puppy will not come at all; remains frozen
E. Puppy wanders off to explore room, ignoring
A. This puppy is bold and confident. He likes
people. Will you mind a
problem with your dog jumping up on people?
Don't be taken in by this
attractive response. Bold dogs are difficult
B. Moderate response.
C. Puppy is less sure of himself, especially
in a strange place, but still
attracted to people. May be easier to control.
See if pup's confidence
increases as test progresses.
D. Puppy is scared, intolerant
of stress. Look for trembling to indicate
degree of fear. This puppy may be shy of strangers.
E. There may be two reasons for this response.
One is that the puppy is not
a people-oriented dog, preferring to satisfy
his own curiosity than to seek
company. His independence may make him hard
to train. The other
reason for this response is that the puppy
is not attracted to strangers, but
may still bond well to one person.
The tester stands up and walks away from the
puppy, talking to the puppy
encouragingly. Walk about ten to twenty feet,
if there is room.
A. Follows readily, tail up, gets underfoot
or runs ahead.
B. Follows readily, tail up.
C. Follows hesitantly. tail down.
D. Does not follow; remains frozen in place.
E. Wanders off to explore.
A. While attracted to people, this puppy is
also assertive. May need an
equally assertive owner.
B. Confident. but ready to follow owner, literally
C. Puppy less confident.