Think of the Gordon setter temperament test as a dog crystal ball to identify your dog’s personality in order to predict and manage potential problems. Temperament tests can measure a dog’s stability, shyness, initiative, and friendliness. Every litter is different, and where you find your puppy will also affect your behavior. Understanding the potential of a puppy will help match it to the best owner and help the owner pick out the perfect match. Of course, there are various behaviors, and some puppies may be more or less shy or extroverted. But if the pup shows unexplained aggression, panic, and insurmountable, or shows strong avoidance, then the pup may need more rehabilitation or socialization than most owners can provide.
There is no one size fits all test. Some tests are used by breeders to assess Schutzhund’s performance or tracking ability. Shelters use temperament tests to measure general temperament and suitability for adoption. Dogs or other people may test their dog or other person’s assistance potential. Most people also test aggression. You can ask your breeder or shelter what temperament tests, if any, and the results. They may use these tests to help you choose a puppy based on what you are looking for, your experience with dogs, and the type of home environment you can provide. For example, an experienced dog owner would be better able to handle a show dog, while a “nosy” dog might need a fenced yard.
Character and temperament are not immutable at birth. Early experience, socialization, development, and the consequences of learning can all affect your future behavior. Resistance to handling, possessive aggression, territorial calling, overreaction, and many forms of fear may not appear until the dog grows up. Shelter puppies (especially older ones) may show fear or aggression in the shelter, but once you get rid of overwhelming environmental pressure, their behavior will be quite different.
You can start testing puppies at 7 weeks of age, but if you can test puppies at 3 to 4 months, your test may be more accurate. One of the benefits of these tests is that if you can identify the possibility of negative behaviors from the assessment indicators, you can reduce or negate these behaviors through interventions such as socialization and appropriate training.
Independent consciousness test 1: you can put the Gordon setter on the cradle like a baby, put your hand gently on its chest and look it in the eyes. Puppies who received this treatment were considered obedient, while those who resisted were more likely to be independent.
Independent consciousness test 2: you can hold your Gordon setter puppies under your armpits, with your hind legs suspended, and look straight into your eyes. It is said that submissive puppies rate wayward low, while struggling puppies may want to do things their own way.
Noise sensitivity test: you can put down the key or tin pot to test the noise sensitivity of the dog. The sound sensitivity of puppies is a strong emotional or physical response to sudden or loud sounds in the environment. You want the dog to respond and admit that the sound is happening, but the Gordon setter should not cower or lose his mind obviously.
Friendliness test: you can observe the response of the Gordon setter to strangers entering the room or being left alone in the room. Is your Gordon Setter running to meet or cringe and cry? You want a puppy to be sociable at 3 months old.
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