All 4 Paws Training, LLC

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AKC ATT Preparation

There are six categories of stimuli that are considered when testing a dog. Over the course of 6 weeks this class would be pre-testing the dog in each of the areas of stimulus and working on any behavior issues the dog may have. Examples would be:

What a Temperament Test does is judge how a dog reacts to a variety of stimuli. A dog with desirable traits are: inquisitive, cooperative, emotionally stable, appropriately social for its breed, biddable and shows they have the ability to recover from a startling situation in a reasonable amount of time.

Some undesirable traits are: shyness, lack of cooperation, fear and inability to recover from unexpected situations. Undesirable behaviors may include: obsessive barking, aggression, being fearful of friendly strangers or unfamiliar stimuli.

There are six categories of stimuli that are considered when testing a dog. Over the course of 6 weeks this class would be pre-testing the dog in each of the areas of stimulus and working on any behavior issues the dog may have. Examples would be:

Social - greeting a friendly stranger and accepting polite petting and body evaluation.

Auditory - loud horn, jar of pennies shaken, loud whistle, vacuum sounds.

Visual - waving flags, circling wagon, umbrella popping open, shaking a towel.

Tactile - walking over a tarp, lattice, peg board, wire grate.

Proprioceptive - up and over a low table, over low bars, hoops on the ground.

Unexpected Stimulus - approached by large objects, dropped chair, unusual clothing, walkers or wheelchairs going by.

Week #1

  • Introduction to Temperament; what is temperament, what is appropriate for each breed of dog, pre-test of temperament course to get an accurate read on each dogs behaviors towards the 6 stimuli categories.

Week #2

  • Working on the social and auditory categories.

Week #3

  • Working on the visual and tactile categories.

Week #4

  • Working on the proprioceptive and unexpected stimuli.

Week #5

  • Taking the test again to see changes from original pre-test and assessing where each dog is at with their behavioral reactions towards stimuli.
  • Working on any category each dog is having an undesirable reaction towards.

Week # 6

  • Taking test to give a final assessment on each dog and checking readiness to take the official AKC ATT Temperament test to earn your title.

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