Briarlea Bouvier Kennel - this is the evaluation
form we use for our
companion puppies. For working or performance puppies we have
other, more involved evaluation tools ~ We have found over the
approximately 30 years we've been using this test that it is only one of
a number of ways to evaluate puppies.
puppy in test area. From a few feet away the testor coaxes the
pup to her/him by clapping hands gently and kneeling
down.Testor must coax in a direction away from the point where
it entered the testing area.
social attraction, confidence or dependence.Degree of social
attraction, confidence or dependence.
readily, tail up, jumped, bit at hands
2. Came readily, tail up, pawed, liked at hands.
3. Came readily, tail up.
4. Came readily, tail down.
5. Came hesitantly, tail down.
6. Did not come at all or went away.
Stand up and
walk away from the pup in a normal manner. Make sure the pup
sees you walk away.
of following attraction. Not following indicates independence.
readily, tail up, got underfoot, bit at
2. Followed readily, tail up, got underfoot.
3. Followed readily, tail up.
4. Followed readily, tail down.
5. Followed hesitantly, tail down.
6. No following, or went away.
and gently roll the pup on his back and hold it with one hand
for a full 30 seconds.
of dominant or submissive tendency. How it accepts stress when
socially and/or physically dominated.
Struggled fiercely, flailed, bit.
2. Struggled fiercely, flailed.
3. Settled, struggled, settled with some eye contact.
4. Struggled, then settled.
5. No struggle.
6. No struggle, straining to avoid eye contact.
Let pup stand
up and gently stroke him from the head to back while you
crouch beside him. Continue stroking until a recognizable
behavior is established.
of acceptance of social dominance pup may try to dominate by
jumping and nipping or it is independent and walks away.
Jumped, pawed, bit growled.
2. Jumped, pawed.
3. Cuddles up to testor and tries to lick face.
4. Squirmed, licked at hands.
5. Rolled over, licked at hands.
6. Went away and stayed away.
* is passive
Bend over and
cradle the pup under its belly, fingers interlaced, palms up
and elevate just off the ground. Hold it there for 30 seconds.
of accepting dominance while in position of no control.
Struggled fiercely, bit growled.
2. Struggled fiercely.
3. No struggle, relaxed.
4. Struggled, settled, licked.
5. No struggled, licked at hands.
6. No struggle, froze.
pup and attract its attention with crumpled up paper ball.
When the pup shows interest and is watching, toss the object 1
to 2 meters in front of pup.
willingness to work with a human. High correlation between
ability to retrieve and successful guide dogs, obedience dogs,
field trial dogs.
object, picks up object and runs away.
2. Chases object, stands over object, does not return.
3. Chases object and returns with object to testor.
4. Chases object and returns without object to testor.
5. Starts to chase object, loses interest.
6. Does not chase object.
webbing of one front foot and press between finger and thumb
lightly, then more firmly till you get a response, while you
count slowly to 10. Stop as soon as puppy pulls away or shows
sensitivity to touch.
||1. 8 - 10
seconds before response.
2. 6 - 7 seconds before response.
3. 5 - 6 seconds before response.
4. 3- 4 seconds before response.
5. 1 - 2 seconds before response.
Place pup in
centre of area. Testor of assistant makes a sharp noise a few
feet from the puppy. A large metal spoon struck sharply on a
metal pan twice works well.
sensitivity to sound (also a rudimentary test for deafness).
locates sound, walks towards it barking.
2. Listens, locates sound, barks.
3. Listens, locates sound, and walks there curiously.
4. Listens, locates sound.
5. Cringes, backs off, hides.
6. Ignores sound, shows no curiosity.
Place pup in
centre of room. Tie a string around a large towel and jerk it
across the floor a few feet away from the puppy.
intelligent response to strange object.
attacks and bites.
2. Looks, barks and tail up.
3. Looks curiously, attempts to investigate.
4. Looks, barks, tail-tuck.
5. Runs away, hides.
The puppy is
gently set in a natural stance and evaluated for structure in
the following categories:
puppy is correct in structure.
Fair: The puppy has a slight fault or deviation.
Poor: The puppy has an extreme fault of deviation.
||Common puppy problems which may naturally
||Has normal dentition.
Has over or under bite.
Has umbilical hernia.
Mostly 1's A puppy that consistently
scores a 1 in the temperament section of the test is an extremely
dominant, aggressive puppy who can easily be provoked to bite. His
dominant nature will attempt to resist human leadership, thus requiring
only the most experienced of handlers. This puppy is a poor choice
for most individuals and will do best in a working situation as a guard
or police dog.
Mostly 2's This pup is dominant and
self-assured. He can be provoked to bite; however he readily
accepts human leadership that is firm, consistent and knowledgeable.
This is not a dog for a tentative, indecisive individual. In the
right hands, he has the potential to become a fine working or show dog
and could fit into an adult household, provided the owners know what
Mostly 3's This pup is outgoing and
friendly and will adjust well in situations in which he receives regular
training and exercise. He has a flexible temperament that adapts
well to different types of environment, provided he is handled
correctly. May be too much dog for a family with small children or
an elderly couple who are sedentary.
Mostly 4's A pup that scores a
majority of 4's is an easily controlled, adaptable puppy whose
submissive nature will make him continually look to his master for
leadership. This pup is easy to train, reliable with kids, and,
though he lacks self-confidence, makes a high-quality family pet.
He is usually less outgoing than a pup scoring in the 3's, but his
demeanor is gentle and affectionate.
Mostly 5's This is a pup who is extremely
submissive and lacking in self- confidence. He bonds very closely
with his owner and requires regular companionship and encouragement to
bring him out of himself. If handled incorrectly, this pup will
grow up very shy and fearful. For this reason, he will do best in
a predictable, structured lifestyle with owners who are patient and not
overly demanding, such as an elderly couple.
Mostly 6's A puppy that scores 6
consistently is independent and uninterested in people. He will
mature into a dog who is not demonstrably affectionate and who has a low
need for human companionship. In general, it is rare to see
properly socialized pups test this way; however there are several breeds
that have been bred for specific tasks (such as basenjis, hounds, and
some northern breeds) which can exhibit this level of independence.
To perform as intended, these dogs require a singularity of purpose that
is not compromised by strong attachments to their owner.
of the puppy test is an evaluation of obedience aptitude and working
ability and provides a general picture of a pup's intelligence, spirit,
and willingness to work with a human being. For most owners, a
good companion dog will score in the 3 to 4 range in this section of the
test. Puppies scoring a combination of 1's and 2's require experienced
handlers who will be able to draw the best aspects of their potential
Important note from Wendy Volhard...regarding the Touch Sensitivity test
- Do not use your fingernail when performing this
test. Press between the finger and thumb lightly then more firmly
until you get a response.
Developed by Joachim and Wendy Volhard. Copyright 1996 Wendy