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How to Conduct Puppy Temperament Tests

Reviewed by Vanessa Farner, DVM on July 08, 2021

Before you bring a new puppy into your home, one of the first things you want to do is get to know as much as you can about them. Just like people, each puppy has its own personality, interests, and behavior patterns.

Puppy temperament tests can help measure a dog’s reaction to various things like handling, exposure to household items, and interacting with people and other animals. This can help give you a good snapshot of your puppy’s overall personality and potential behavioral concerns.

Determining your puppy’s stability, shyness, or aggressiveness can also help determine which dogs may be a fit for each person or family. For instance, some dogs do better in busy homes around very active people, while other dogs prefer calm environments where they can spend some nice cuddle time with you on the couch.

Tests are normally completed by a professional trainer or veterinarian when puppies are about seven weeks old. 

Steps for Completing Puppy Temperament Tests

Before you bring a new puppy into your home, one of the first things you want to do is get to know as much as you can about them. Just like people, each puppy has its own personality, interests, and behavior patterns.

Puppy temperament tests can help measure a dog’s reaction to various things like handling, exposure to household items, and interacting with people and other animals. This can help give you a good snapshot of your puppy’s overall personality and potential behavioral concerns.

Determining your puppy’s stability, shyness, or aggressiveness can also help determine which dogs may be a fit for each person or family. For instance, some dogs do better in busy homes around very active people, while other dogs prefer calm environments where they can spend some nice cuddle time with you on the couch.

Tests are normally completed by a professional trainer or veterinarian when puppies are about seven weeks old. 

Things to Watch Out For

Before you bring a new puppy into your home, one of the first things you want to do is get to know as much as you can about them. Just like people, each puppy has its own personality, interests, and behavior patterns.

Puppy temperament tests can help measure a dog’s reaction to various things like handling, exposure to household items, and interacting with people and other animals. This can help give you a good snapshot of your puppy’s overall personality and potential behavioral concerns.

Determining your puppy’s stability, shyness, or aggressiveness can also help determine which dogs may be a fit for each person or family. For instance, some dogs do better in busy homes around very active people, while other dogs prefer calm environments where they can spend some nice cuddle time with you on the couch.

Tests are normally completed by a professional trainer or veterinarian when puppies are about seven weeks old. 

Show Sources

SOURCES:

AKC: “Temperament Testing.” 

ATTS: “Description of the Temperament Test.” 

Pet Coach: “What is a Dog Temperament Test?” 

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