Last saturday i had her tested thru the ATTS at a dog show in new jersey. if you don't mind reading a bit i'll explain the test to you. we had a walk thru with the judge before the testing began. he explained each section to us and what we needed to do. mind you , the whole time you are taking the test, you are NOT allowed to speak to your dog, at all. and you are not allowed to give any kind of corrections either. the whole test is done on a loose 6 foot lead on either a choke collar or a buckle collar, no prong collars. the 1st station you shake hands with a friendly stranger and exchange a few words. at the 2nd station the stranger calls to your dog only and tries to engage them in a friendly hello. your dog is allowed to jump all over them if it wants to and remember no corrections. the 3rd station a guy is behind a blind rattling a metal bucket with rocks in it. he comes out from the blind and places the noisy bucket on the ground. your dog is supposed to go to it and check it out. the 4th station a guy is behind a blind and shoots a starter pistol 3 times. the dog is allowed to startle but must quickly recover or else it fails. scout looked in the direction of where the noise was echoing and it didn't phase her a bit. the next station a guy is sitting in a chair and pops open an umbrella as you approach. again the dog can startle but must recover and sniff the umbrella. scout sniffed the umbrella but was more interested in the guy sitting down in the chair.next we had to walk over a piece of plastic on the ground and then a folded up x-pen. both she did fine with. the last phase of the test was the protection. a guy comes out from behind the blind and acts all drunk. he starts towards us with a stick waving wildly on the ground. 1 dog out of the 10 i saw go barked at the guy, the rest, including scout, did nothing. just stared at the guy. the dogs that did nothing were, a pit bull, a gsd, a rottweiler, a central asian ovchartka, and i honestly forget what the other dogs were because i was only interested in seeing the reactions of those particular breeds. the 1 who did bark was a fila brasileiro. we had a good time. we watched the cane corso show for a bit. there were many other breeds there including dogue de bordeaux's , tibetan mastiff's , dogo argentino's , and some long haired sighthounds which i have no clue what they were. and we got attacked by a saint bernard. luckily i was right by my car and scout was only half way out of it at the time or it could have been worse.
That's good. Temperament is very important. It is often overlooked when breeding Labs. After my girlfriend refreshes me w/ her version of it, I will write you a cute story about a dog show incident...I wanna get the facts straight from her, she was there.
Scout 1; Way to go Scout!!! That is absolutely Super! Congratulations! Made it worth all that driving eh? Sounds like a pretty heavy duty bunch of dogs. Since the first time I saw one I loved the look of the Dogos. Research convinced me they were just way too much dog for me.
thank you :) kittysmom - i can't wait to hear the story ! tjruff - i too like the dogo's. but after reading i think they are too much for me also. at the show, scout and i were standing ringside and a handler of a dogo asked me to have scout facing the opposite way when her dogo was in the ring because her dog does not like to be stared at. she asked me if scout was an akbash, and i told her no she is an anatolian. and the woman said oh even more exotic. okay :) aisha - there is no training for the test and actually if aisha jumped all over the judges and was really friendly she would have passed, not failed. they are looking for sound friendly temperaments. she would've gotten an A. harleygirlct - thanks !! i didn't bring any cookies with me but she deserved them :)
Well then that is good to know. The breeder where I got Aisha from had an all white Shepherd with a great temperment. She said that the CKC did not acknowledge the white shepherd as a breed but they are accepting them for temperment tests and such. So she took her, and was up against another shepherd from Germany. At the shooting of the gun her dog did not flinch but the other one had a fit. Because they really did not want the white shepherd to win they allowed the test to be re done and again same thing happened. They had to give 1st to the white shepherd although they did not want to because of the color. The breeder said she prefers the black/tan look and is not crazy about white shepherds but this dog was so good that she just had to show her. haha.
Scout! Congratulations. I know i dont know much about you, but you have given me some advice and been very kind to me. So I wanted to acknowledge you and Scouts wonderful accomplishment!! CONGRATS, CONGRATS!!! Can u see pic of your dog?
thanks jeezy = here is scouts dogster link" http://www.dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=38094 i did not realize my poor choice of words !! i dread the day i come on here and have to relay that news. it hopefully won't be for at least another 10 years. so sorry for the scare :)
chili i am not really sure what kind of response they were looking for in the protection part. scout stood next to me and just watched the guy as he approached. she had her tail wagging in a low slung position which indicated to me she was thinking about the situation but not sure what her response should have been. the guy is not allowed to come closer than 10 feet for safety reasons so i am not sure if she would have reacted if he were closer. she passed that part in the average range which i believe means she had a typical response . i only saw 1 dog actually bark and linge at the aggressor and i don't know if that person passed that part and if so, got an average rating or an outstanding rating. it is somewhat based on breed and prior training. they won't fault a schutzhund trained dog for acting aggressive but they would fail a husky for it. i should have asked more questions, but i never think about things until i have time to sort it out and then it is usually too late.