|Pet the puppy in a stroking motion from head to toe, Lifting up feet, tail, and ears.
||Is the puppy accepting and willing to be petted and examined?
||Is the puppy sensitive about one particular part?
||Is it sensitive about all parts? Does it try to bite your hand?
||Is the puppy completely uninterested in your petting?|
|Pick the puppy up and cradle him like a baby or (for a larger dog) gently roll him over, belly up and feet
in air. Place your hand gently over his throat.
||Does the puppy allow you to place your hand over its throat without a struggle?
||Are its eyes wide with fear and its body stiff?
||Does the puppy wiggle madly to right itself? Does it growl and bite at your hand?
||Does it wiggle to right itself and then hurry away to do something else?|
|Test the puppy's reaction to sound: Use your voice to make
a) a high pitched noise
a deep gruff noise
c) a whistle.
Throw a squeaky toy near the puppy. Rattle a set of keys.
|Is the puppy curious and wagging its tail?
||Does the puppy look scared and run away?
||Does the puppy try to bite and attack the objects? Does he bark loudly at you?
||Does the puppy ignore all of the sounds and act disinterested?|
|Put a collar and leash on the puppy: Wait and observe the puppy's reaction. Then try to move a few
steps with the puppy.
||Does the puppy not react at all to the leash and collar or react with some curiosity? Does he walk with you?
||Does it freeze in its tracks and not want to move?
||Does the puppy bite at the leash and want to tug on it?
||Does it completely ignore the fact that you are at the other end of the leash and show no interest in walking with you? |
|Test the puppy's reaction to the outside: Take the puppy outside. Try to find squirrels, birds, cats, and
other people to expose it to.
||Does it stick near to you but show a curious interest in these other things?
||Does the puppy cower and run the other way?
||Does it bark furiously and lunge at everything it sees?
||Does it act very uninterested in the things you show it but very interested in everything else it finds on its own?|
|Test the puppy's responsiveness to food: Give the puppy food in a bowl and fill it with canned dog food.
Before the puppy finishes, remove the bowl and take the food away.
||Does the puppy wag its tail and look expectantly at you?
||Is it too scared to eat ?
||Does it bite your hands, bark, growl or jump up on you to get the food back?
||Does the puppy act very uninterested? |