Bringing home a puppy is a big deal. You are about to bring someone in your family, so it’s probably a good idea to do some research beforehand, right ?
And it is more than just choosing the right breed for you and your family. You must remember that even dogs of the same breed are born unique and have different traits and temperaments that they inherit from their parents and form out of their external stimuli.
So naturally, it is good idea to do a quick test to check the pup’s temper and attitude before you decide to adopt them.
Here are the 10 tests to tell you whether you are about to bring home a happy-go-lucky, intelligent companion or a aggressive and potentially dangerous hound.
1. Social Desirability Test
In this test, the sociability of the dog is tested to see whether he seeks human contact or not. The owner need to distance himself/herself 3 feet from the dog and after kneeling down begins encourage the puppy to come closer to him/her. Hand gestures or vocal directions can be used.
The best reaction to expect – The puppy comes readily, with it’s tail up and even licked your hands
What you don’t want to happen – The puppy came hesitantly or didn’t come at all
2. The Following Test
The aim of this test is to find out whether the puppy follows his master in his movements. Don’t be forceful with your approach at any point during this test. The decision to follow you must be made voluntarily by the puppy. Make sure that he sees you moving and walking away from him. Again you can even use verbal signals or hand gestures to encourage him
The best reaction to expect – Readily followed, with it’s tail up and got underfoot, beneath you
What you don’t want to happen– The puppy did not follow or went away from away