evaluating temperment

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  1. Puppy

    Puppy Bernese Mountain Dog!

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    I have read some things about evaluating temperments of your pup before you buy him/her,but are you suposed to do it one by one at the breeders house?i mean like one of the tests are to hold the pup on its back for 30 seconds,are you suposed to that at the breeders house,or when?i asuming thats when you have to do it,not after you have bought the puppy,but wouldn't some breeders be thinking 'what the hell his he doing?'
     
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    Sugar42517 New Member

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    If it's a breeder, I'm sure they know that test of a temperament. You don't have to go through each and every puppy, unless you want. Pick one that you like and test it. If he doesn't pass, try again!
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    since this was like my number one job at the kennels..i was sent all over to pick out the pups for my boss..this is what i looked for..a bright pup that was energetic in it's play.. that was not startled easily and did not stay back or shy away..i looked for one that was curious and easily pleased..that wagged and romped and responded quickly to a kind word and touch..i watched the litter until i thought i could tell the most outgoing but not a bully..nor a wall flower...active and healthy looking..friendly and confident. That is it in a nutshell..i checked gums and stool, coat shine..and general weight..when i thought i had the best one in the litter that would be the one i took home. My boss said i was the best at this and trusted me completely. I might watch a litter for an hour or more. just observing..nothing else.
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    I choose the pup that is bright and interested and separates itself from its littermates to come and investigate me. I want the one that shows no fear of walking up to me even though I'm a stranger to it, isn't shy about sniffing me out and will sit down and look me in the eye calmly - not a challenge, just a calm, unafraid curiosity.
     
  5. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    My husband said he picked our Hannah because she was very friendly to him wasn't scared of doing new stuff (i.e. going out in the yard, new toy). He also said she was the only puppy that would leave the rest of the litter, including her mama to come and check him out (like RENEE said). The rest of the litter would either come in groups or wait until Mama came to see my hubby. Although he asked me how I would choose a puppy before he went to get her (because she was a surprise for me and he doesn't know jack about dogs). So that is how I would pick a puppy. I don't think a breeder would care if you did the tests I think a breeder would be understanding and very pleased that you take the time to do that before you get the puppy home.
     

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