The Schwarz Kennels

and the Dire Wolf Project

Temperament Testing

What is a temperament test and why have one?

A temperament test is helpful in determining how to socialize and guide or train that particular pup/dog.

Temperament scores on my dogs/pups do not stay the same... When a pup goes through the difference phases of growing up, his scores may fluctuate. Every pup will go through a shy period. How long and how intense such a period is, is noted by me. The temperament scores will show this so do not be alarmed in the up or down scoring.

Those pups that score the lowest will be given more training and socialization to bring the scores back up.

Temperament scores are also used to price a pup.  Those with low scores are priced lower. Low scores may go for 300.00 up to 1,000.00

 


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Please understand, this is my information for this breed only.
As a breeder this stuff is helpful, but it is only a guide.

 

ONE AND TWO DAY OLD TESTING (TM)

Includes motor skills, intelligence, smell, intuition, noise of pups, pitch and level of sounds, and intensity of wobble (TM) .

The most important temperament scoring is done on the "RAW PUP" TM.  This score is a reflection of the genetic and true temperament of the animal.
    As all living things, we go through many different growing and educating life experiences. These things shape us and our character. Some of these experiences can make or break us depending on our will , desire, heart, and our stress levels or what each of us can handle.

    As the pups go through everyday life experiences, I will be scoring them. This is why my scores will fluctuate. Just keep a watch and if you have any questions call me.

    This is the Missy litter (same pups as test #1 above). They  are 6 days old in this video. VIDEO MISSING We are completing the young puppy tests right before the pups are moved into the barn and isolated until the next test with strangers and the so called 'first hands on raw'.
     In this test we are still figuring out the wobble factor of these particular pups as they seem to be wobbling at a higher percentage than my normal 18th generational pure breeds. I did not like this wobbling.

      I usually keep two females until and unless, one is superior to the other. I may end up not using one of them at all, but nuetering her and selling her to a great home.  Who knows. It is kind of 'protection' for me in the odds.  Oh, also, I may not use either...  I will know by the time they are 6 mo. old.

p.s. i didnt keep any pups out of this litter.  Missy had a second litter with a different stud in which the pups didn't wobble. i kept three pups out of that 'Y' litter but only used one pup : Autumn Years.

 
THE FOLLOWING CHART IS FOR
 
RAW TM   PUPS FROM
 
BIRTH      -      3 DAYS OLD

 

 

 
 

Test number score:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below:

Description of action
1-2
We do not get any of these low scores on our pups...
 Unless we are testing F-1 outcrosses
 
3-4 
 Please remember this is a chart for ME...
as a breeder
These scores are for RAW TM  pups
5-6
( limited registration )
7-8
9-10
10+
1. How this pup came out of the sack and into the world.
Came out of mom still in the sack rear feet first, mom had to take the sack off. Energetic and crying non stop.
Came out of mom without a sack on, energetic. Cries.Struggles, is strong and determined. May get pissed off and bark or growl.
Very energetic, pushed his/her way into the world not very noisy.
Doesn’t mind mom licking picking up or holding him. May squirm somewhat and whimper but not much.
Cries a tad but not much. Is a thinker. Is active but not too much.
Doesn’t care. Breaths, thinks, and is muscular and goes straight for a tit when all the excitement is over. Came out of the mom head first.
2. Noises this pup makes during the first 8 hours of its life.
Cries a lot and will not shut up.
whimpers if pushed or prodded may scream and or has a high pitched voice.
Cries or whimpers while eating
Is only quite while eating.
Is quite most of the time. Very deep throaty growl or bark or whine.
Doesn’t make any noises. Quietest pup in litter.
Energy level of this pup.
Very high energy level at all times. Goes from one place to another and can not find a tit. This pup may stray away from the litter and not know where he is. Will cry for mom.
When touched this pup goes into action pushing and trying to go forward.. moves head all around looking for tit.
Will not lay still in your hands but other wise is content.
Is always eating.Doesnt like to be laid on back.
Pushes everyone out of the way when ever it wants to. Is content when sucking, eats and then sleeps. If there is not any milk in tit he will push others away to find one.
Lays still in your hands doesn’t care about anything but food and sleep. He is like 9-10 but more laid back.
Reaction of this pup to the first born examination: Look in the puppy’s mouth, feel all bones and muscles, turn on back, examine sexual organs and umbilical cord, weigh the pup and look up pups nose and in ears. There should be no real soft spot or opening on the head. all muscles shall be firm and not squishy. Toenails should be developed and hair should be on the pup. The upper inside of the mouth should not be open as in a dry cut or wound. All pups should have black noses and pads of feet. No white.
This pup hates the examination and cries, yells and squirms to get away. Continues to cry for no reason, will not stop crying until placed with mom and finds a tit. Is full of energy. This pup may yawn in defiance. But mostly yells or screams.
This pup is noisy and dislikes the examination. Tries to get off the scale. When placed on the floor next to mom is still not over the ordeal until mom nudges the pup then the pup forgets and finds a tit.
This pup is pretty much quite but yawns in defiance. Yawning at this age is an instinctual method to scare away predators. It makes them appear vicious. Squirm’s when on its back and doesn’t like your fingers in its mouth. Other wise he is ok and is not traumatized by the whole ordeal.
This pup is mostly ok with the exam until turned on his back. Tries to turn back over then puts up a fight. Calms back down when put right side up. Doesn’t mind the scale. Is happy to get back with mom and finds a tit.
This pup doesn’t care about anything much. Is alive and you can see the brain working. This pup may be thinking or smelling or learning… this pup may yawn as instinct permits. Doesn’t say much.
Same as 9-10 but yawns less or not at all. This pup falls asleep in the cup of your hand.
4. turned over on back
Stiff or will not be turned over this pup is traumatized! May scream in defiance. Very hyper and squirmy.
No struggle heart beat elevated. Stiff. This pup is traumatized.
Heart beat slightly elevated. May cry out in protest. May try and trick you to get back up right. Gives in and is still.
This pup struggles and or whimper at first but then lays there and may fall asleep.
No struggle may yawn
Lays there relaxed and doesn’t care.
placed back near mom
Cries and or howls, moves around in a circle head bobbing every which way.
Cries and or howls but is more quite than 1-2. Finally starts to try and locate his mom and is quite as he thinks and smells and moves in a circle.
Is strong and moves around in a circle, thinking sniffing, smelling and trying to locate some movement or feel of litter mates or mom. May whimper slightly
Is calm and is a thinker. Moves head back and forth trying to locate mom. Finally starts moving in the direction of mom and littermates.
Knows exactly where he is in relationship to mom and litter mates, can sense it. Takes his time and is sure of the direction. May go off in wrong direction but fixes it without incident. No noise is made.
Doesn’t really care. Just lays there. Finally feels mom or litter mates or senses them. Then moves towards them. May wait until mom touches him. He knows his direction then and is sure of himself.
Reaction to human touch
Freez's or screams
Startles and cries and tries to get away. Jerks his head or body away from your touch
Yawns and may take his head back away from human
Yawns and is alert.
Thinks about it may yawn.
Thinks about it is alert but doesn’t really care.

 

Motor skills

 

 

pups wobble and when placed away from mom the pup turns in circles.  Also may bump into things. can not figure out how to go around mom to get to the belly

 

 

this pup may cry for mom. pulls with front legs, back legs are dragged along.

 

 

cries for mom, when mom touches the pup, he can find his way

 

 

stops to think, may turn around, may go in a main direction then veers off toward mom.

 

 

When moved away from the mom, this pup feels the vibration of the floor and feels the atmosphere to start traveling in the direction the mom is. This pup may turn some but hones in and finds mom.

 

 

This pup practically walks on all fours then heads straight to mom

 

 
 

 

RAW PUPS  TM

 

    During the first three days it is imperative that you do not touch the puppies but only observe. You may weigh the pup when born and look the pup over and record the reaction to that stimulus, but no other touching is permitted unless the pup is in emanate danger.  The reason for this is that we need to know the RAW TD PUP without any outside interference, education or knowledge as humans picking up the puppies will teach the pup that humans are ok. We need to know the raw genetic response the truth of the dog/pup itself. The pup will be tested six days from now when you may begin to hold the ones that need it. That is then CONDITIONING of the RAW pup.  You CAN NOT test the genetic temperament of an entity when you apply conditioned responses. (READ THE BOOK)

 

 

Hi Lois,
Sounds like Rose's temperament rating has changed. Will you be posting an update on her website?   
I t is great that you are training her and working with her until she finds her home.

Nancy      yes, that’s  true..  there are no bad dogs you know, only takes a bit of someone’s time who can bring the best out in a dog by 'seeing' the dog's personalities and training accordingly  ..   That is why i say, don’t go by the ratings too much as the ratings are a guide that tells us what we as trainers/owners need to do to modify a canines behavior..

 

Rose for the most part is a wonderful dog.  Just needs more training than usual.  Our 8's and especially 10's hardly need any training at all, just guidance,... (Though a TERRIBLE owner who allows the dog to be WILD can ruine a great pup).

 

 

EXPLINATION OF BIRTH -3 DAYS OLD TEMPERAMENT TESTING

 

 

 
 
1-2
Not an Alsatian…
3-4
Depending on the generation once again....
My pure breds never score this low. If one of my 18th generations scored this low, i would sell it with out registering it and with a spay and nueter contract.
An F-1 usually scores here., I am not impressed but i will keep notes and see what they do in further testing.

 

5-6

 

 

The score point #5 is the average on my scales for puppies of an outcross breeding.
This score and my tests mean absolutly NOTHING to a dog with a diffeent standard and no person or breeder or book I have ever known nor read has ever tested pups this young. As far as I know I am the only one.
 
"Yes the world is Round".( inside humor)
 
If the pup is an F-1 and scores here... ok...
F-2's scoring here is ok, but...
F-3's scoring here, i expect them to rise with the temperament score test #3.
We will have to wait and see.
Most of my F-3's will rise and rise fast. I am not worried.

 

 

7-8

 

 

Depending on the generation these pups may be the cream of the crop. If the pups are F-1's I do not expect them to score this high. If they are F-1's I will keep them.  If I recall the F-1 Anny scored in this spot.

 

 

9-10

 

 

Depending on the Generation, an outcross that scores this high is exceptional. I expect an F-18 to always score here.
These are very nice pups and I may keep them? Colors of the collars will reflect my notes at this early testing.

 

 

10+

 

 

PLACE A SPECIAL COLOR OF COLLAR ON THIS PUP AND PLACE PRICE HIGH. CONTINUE NOTES AND TESTING.

 

 
 

 

AT THE THREE DAY MARK, THE PUPS AND THE MOTHER WILL BE PLACED IN THE "WILD"  SO TO SPEAK...

There will be NO socialization what so ever !!!

 

 

After about 2.5 weeks to 3 weeks old we go out to get all of the pups. We bring them inside in a large basket without any softness... This is a dramatic stessfull event. Lets see how they score???

 

The P litter (F-3) was video taped at this age and under these exact conditions..

here is the video

 

 

 
 
 
THE FOLLOWING CHART IS FOR
 
PUPS FROM
 
2.5 wks      -      3 wks 

 

 

Scores to the right
 
 
 
 
Tests given below
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
9-10

 

10+

 

Picking the pup up from the remote location and placing it in the basket
screams and is hyper to find a way out.
cry's and tries several ways to get out by walking around the basket.
cries but doesn't move around much.
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lays down and goes to sleep

 

segrigation/seperation
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Rough Handling:
1. Cupping the whole head in your hand (and covering it) pet the pup from eyes to back of skull then down to neck.
 
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO THIS NEXT TEST IF YOU ARE NOT EXPERIENCED. LARGE HEAVY PUPS MUST BE TESTED THIS WAY AT A MUCH YOUNGER AGE.
 
2. Pick the pup up firmly (with your whole hand) simulating the picking up of the pup by the mother dog. Your whole large hand will be wrapped entirely around the neck of the pup and under the muzzle of the pup.  Hold pup off his feet for about 1 sec. and replace on his feet again. Pick pup up no further than an inch off the ground.
 
3. Hold the pup firmly in two hand and turn the pup on his back.
4. Replace the pup back with his siblings.
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