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Temperament Test

Performed by the American Temperament Test Society, Inc.
Sunday, May 6th, 2012
Time 8:30am

This temperament test is authorized and supervised by the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. Learn more about ATTS and the Temperament Evaluation at the ATTS Web Site. There is a complete description of the test and a FAQ page on the site.

The ATTS Temperament Test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat. The test is designed for the betterment of all breeds of dogs and takes into consideration each breed’s inherent tendencies.

The test simulates a casual walk through a park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog’s ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions.

Dogs must be at least 18 months old to enter this test. The test takes about eight to 12 minutes to complete. The dog is on a loose six-foot (6′) lead and three ATTS trained evaluators score the dog. Majority rules. Failure on any part of the test is recognized when a dog shows panic, strong avoidance without recovery or unprovoked aggression. The handler is not allowed to talk to the dog, give commands, or give corrections.

A completed Entry Form is required and the fee for the test is $40. Dogs must be 18 months old by the day of the test. If your dog passes the test you will receive a Certificate within 90 days. Please read the instructions carefully before submitting your application.

The test is open to all breeds as well as mixed breeds. Pre-registration is required for ALL participants. A separate form is required for each dog being tested. There is a $40.00 fee for the test for the 1st dog and $30.00 for each additional dog of same owner/co owner. Payment will be refunded if space is not available. Unfortunately, you cannot register on-line at this time, however, you can still submit payment via PayPal below.