GSDCA TEMPERAMENT TEST

 
PASS TEST FAIL
0 Does not alert to the stranger, dog's attention is elsewhere.

+1 Mildly alert and is friendly toward the stranger

+2 Mildly alert, is mildly friendly toward the stranger

+3 Alerts to stranger and confidently holds his ground, is poised, with neither aggressive nor friendly reaction

NEUTRAL STRANGER Exhibits any signs of aggression or shyness

-1 Alerts but is uneasy at the approach and exhibits mild avoidance behavior.

-2 Gives ground, escape reaction.

-3 Panics, escape reaction, or shows aggressive behavior.

0 Ignores approach and his attention is elsewhere.

+1 Alert and responds in a friendly manner to the stranger

+2 Alert and mildly receptive to the stranger's advances 

+3 Alert, self confident, holds his ground but is aloof toward the stranger's advances.

FRIENDLY STRANGER -1 Shows mild avoidance

-2 Nervous, looking about or upward with anxious expression

-3 Shrinks behind handler, escape reaction, or shows aggressive reaction

0 No reaction

+1 Alerts, startles, and will investigate only with strong encouragement. 

+2 Alerts, startles momentarily, but quickly recovers and moves forward to investigate within 20 seconds.

+3 Alerts, and eagerly moves forward to investigate 

HIDDEN CLATTERING

- APPROACH

-1 Alerts but will not investigate in spite of encouragement, within 20 seconds. Mild avoidance

-2 Alerts, backs away, medium avoidance. 

-3 Panic, escape reaction, strong avoidance.

0 No reaction (unlikely)

+1 Shows startle and/or avoidance, but with strong encouragement makes close investigation in 20 seconds.

+2 Hesitates, but recovers quickly and makes a close investigation with or without mild encouragement.

+3 Confidently and without hesitation proceeds to a close investigation of the can. 

INVESTIGATION,

VISUAL INSPECTION OF CLATTERING 

-1 Strong startle and/or avoidance - with encouragement fails to recover sufficiently to make close investigation within 20 seconds.

-2 Strong startle and/or avoidance. Encouragement results in little or no recovery.

-3 Panic, escape reaction

0 No reaction

+1 Startles, with or without encouragement recovers in 20 seconds, but does not show investigative behavior.

+2 Startles, but with or without encouragement quickly recovers and investigates.

+3 Alerts and confidently turns toward the sound to investigate.

GUN TEST -1 Startles and does not recover in 20 seconds with encouragement. Nervous, looking about, anxious. 

-2 Startles and doesn't recover with encouragement, shrinking behind handler.

-3 Panic, escape reaction. No response to encouragement, out of control. 

0 No reaction -(unlikely)

+1 Startles, but with strong encouragement will investigate within 20 seconds.

+2 Startles, but with or without encouragement quickly recovers and investigates within 20 seconds.

+3 Startles, but recovers almost instantly and shows confident, investigative or aggressive behavior. 

UMBRELLA -1 Startles and does not recover with encouragement within 20 seconds. Nervous, looking about, anxious.

-2 Startles and doesn't recover with encouragement within 20 seconds. Shrinking behind handler.

-3 Panic, escape reaction. No response to encouragement within 20 seconds; out of control. 

0 Not applicable

+1 Shows mild avoidance but walks across with some encouragement.

+2 Hesitates but quickly recovers and walks across confidently and without encouragement.

+3 Walks confidently across the change of footing without hesitation.

FOOTING 

- PLASTIC

-1 Mild avoidance and requires considerable encouragement before making any attempt to walk or jump across. Refuses to walk complete length. 

-2 Strong avoidance, will not cross with encouragement.

-3 Panic, escape reaction, out of control

SAME AS ABOVE FOOTING

- WIRE MESH

SAME AS ABOVE
0 No reaction

+1 Alert with no investigative and/or aggressive reaction.

+2 Alert with moderate investigative and/or aggressive reaction.

+3 Immediate, strong alert with fearless and eager investigative reaction.

PROTECTIVE RESPONSE 

- APPEARANCE

-1 Alert with mild avoidance. Nervous, looking about, anxious.

-2 Alert and strong avoidance, shrinking behind handler.

-3 Panic, escape reaction, uncontrolled.

0 No reaction

+1 Stands ground but shows only mild investigative and/or aggressive reaction.

+2 Stands ground and becomes investigative and/or aggressive.

+3 Begins or continues strong investigative reaction. Moving forward, very eager and alert.

- APPROACH -1 Retreats, displays some curiosity but no aggressive reaction.

-2 Displays strong avoidance reaction retreating behind the handler with no investigative and/or aggressive reaction.

-3 Panic, escape reaction, uncontrolled.

0 No reaction, or only shows curiosity.

+1 Stands ground or may retreat slightly but with or without encouragement recovers in 20 seconds, and holds his ground with mild investigative and/or aggressive reaction. 

+2 Stands ground, is alert, investigative and/or aggressive.

+3 Begins or continues strong investigative and/or aggressive reaction, moving forward toward the aggressive stranger.

- THREAT -1 Retreats slightly and with encouragement does not recover and/or hold ground in 20 seconds. May display some aggressive behavior in retreat. 

-2 Shows strong avoidance. Retreating behind handler.

-3 Panic, escape reaction, uncontrolled. 

Copyright 1998, GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG CLUB OF AMERICA
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