WSCC Temperament/Manners Test

The  

Here  

are  

the  

categories  

your  

dog  

will  

have  

to  

pass  

in  

order  

to  

achieve  

his  

or  

her  

Temperament/Manners  

Title.  

The  

best  

thing  

about

teaching  

your  

dog  

all  

of  

these  

skills,  

is  

that  

in  

the  

end  

–  

you  

end  

up  

with  

a  

very  

well  

behaved  

dog  

who  

is  

a  

joy  

to  

have  

around!  

So,  

the  

time  

to

start practicing is NOW!

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

The  

evaluator  

walks  

up  

to  

the  

dog  

and  

handler  

and  

greets  

the  

handler  

in  

a  

friendly  

manner,  

ignoring  

the  

dog.  

The  

evaluator  

and  

handler  

shake

hands  

and  

exchange  

pleasantries,  

and  

have  

a  

conversation  

for  

3  

to  

5  

minutes.  

The  

dog  

must  

show  

no  

sign  

of  

resentment  

or  

shyness,  

and  

must

not   

pull   

handler   

to   

evaluator   

or   

jump   

on   

evaluator.   

The   

dog   

does   

not   

have   

to   

stay   

in   

position   

but   

should   

not   

bark,   

whine,   

or   

pace

unnecessarily, or move around more than can be easily handled by the owner. Evaluators may acknowledge the dog but not pet it.

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

With  

the  

dog  

sitting  

at  

the  

handler's  

side,  

to  

begin  

the  

exercise,  

the  

evaluator  

pets  

the  

dog  

on  

the  

head  

and  

body.  

The  

handler  

may  

talk  

to  

his

or  

her  

dog  

throughout  

the  

exercise.  

The  

dog  

may  

stand  

in  

place  

as  

it  

is  

petted.  

The  

evaluator  

will  

lift  

one  

front  

leg  

and  

also  

touch  

dog’s  

tail  

and

pet its ears. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

Test 3: Taking a treat

Evaluator will offer the dog a treat; the dog must not forcefully take the treat from the evaluator. If the dog refuses the treat that is fine.

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

The  

dog  

may  

be  

on  

either  

side  

of  

the  

handler,  

or  

switch  

sides  

during  

the  

walk.  

The  

dog's  

position  

should  

leave  

no  

doubt  

that  

the  

dog  

is

attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler's movements and changes of direction. The dog need

not  

be  

perfectly  

aligned  

with  

the  

handler  

and  

need  

not  

sit  

when  

the  

handler  

stops.  

The  

evaluator  

will  

direct  

the  

handler/dog  

team  

by  

issuing

instructions  

or  

commands.  

There  

should  

be  

a  

right  

turn,  

left  

turn,  

and  

an  

about  

turn  

with  

at  

least  

one  

stop  

in  

between.  

The  

handler  

may  

talk  

to

the  

dog  

along  

the  

way,  

praise  

the  

dog,  

or  

give  

commands  

in  

a  

normal  

tone  

of  

voice.  

  

This  

will  

also  

include  

the  

dog  

and  

handler  

walking  

around

and pass (close to) several people. The dog may show some interest

in  

the  

strangers  

but  

should  

continue  

to  

walk  

with  

the  

handler,  

without  

evidence  

of  

over-exuberance,  

shyness  

or  

resentment.  

The  

dog  

should

not  

jump  

on  

people  

in  

the  

crowd  

or  

strain  

on  

the  

leash.  

Children  

must  

be  

part  

of  

this  

crowd.  

The  

dog  

is  

not  

petted  

during  

this  

part  

of  

test  

by

people in the crowd.

Test 5: Sit and down on command and Staying in place

The  

dog  

must  

do  

sit  

AND  

down  

on  

command,  

then  

the  

owner  

chooses  

the  

position  

for  

leaving  

the  

dog  

in  

the  

stay.  

The  

han-  

dler  

may  

take  

a

reasonable  

amount  

of  

time  

and  

use  

more  

than  

one  

command  

to  

get  

the  

dog  

to  

sit  

and  

then  

down.  

The  

handler  

may  

not  

force  

the  

dog  

into

position.  

When  

instructed  

by  

the  

evaluator,  

the  

handler  

tells  

the  

dog  

to  

stay  

and  

walks  

forward  

approximately  

20  

feet,  

turns  

and  

returns  

to  

the

dog  

at  

a  

natural  

pace.  

The  

dog  

must  

remain  

in  

the  

place  

in  

which  

it  

was  

left  

until  

the  

evaluator  

instructs  

the  

handler  

to  

release  

the  

dog.  

The  

dog

must be placed on 20 foot long line supplied b y the evaluator.

Test 6: Coming when called

The  

handler  

will  

walk  

20  

feet  

from  

the  

dog,  

turn  

to  

face  

the  

dog,  

and  

call  

the  

dog.  

The  

handler  

may  

use  

encouragement  

to  

get  

the  

dog  

to  

come.

Handlers  

may  

choose  

to  

tell  

dogs  

to  

"stay"  

or  

"wait"  

or  

they  

may  

simply  

walk  

away,  

giving  

no  

instructions  

to  

the  

dog.  

Dog  

may  

be  

in  

sit  

or  

down

position.  

Dog  

must  

come  

directly  

to  

handler  

when  

called,  

and  

be  

within  

distance  

for  

the  

handler  

to  

easily  

reach  

out  

to  

the  

dog,  

but  

dog  

does

not need to sit. Dog must be placed on 20 foot long line supplied by the evaluator.

Test 7: Reaction to another dog

Handler  

sits  

dog  

at  

side.  

Another  

handler  

and  

dog  

approach  

from  

a  

distance  

of  

about  

20  

feet,  

walk  

past  

handler  

on  

side  

of  

dog  

and  

continue

on  

for  

about  

10  

feet.  

The  

dog  

should  

show  

no  

more  

than  

a  

casual  

interest  

in  

the  

other  

dog.  

Dog  

must  

stay  

in  

sit  

position  

while  

the  

other

handler and dog pass by.

Test 8: Reaction to distraction

The  

evaluator  

will  

select  

and  

present  

two  

distractions.  

Examples  

of  

distractions  

include  

dropping  

a  

chair,  

rolling  

a  

crate  

dolly  

past  

the  

dog,

having  

a  

jogger  

run  

in  

front  

of  

the  

dog,  

or  

dropping  

a  

crutch  

or  

cane.  

The  

dog  

may  

express  

natural  

interest  

and  

curiosity  

and/or  

may  

appear

slightly  

startled  

but  

should  

not  

panic,  

try  

to  

run  

away,  

show  

aggressiveness  

or  

bark.  

Dog  

and  

handler  

may  

choose  

to  

stand  

still  

or  

walk  

around

during  

this  

part  

of  

the  

test.  

Dog  

is  

allowed  

to  

“go  

check  

out”  

distraction,  

but  

on  

loose  

lead  

under  

the  

control  

of  

handler.  

The  

handler  

may  

talk  

to

the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.

Equipment

All  

tests  

must  

be  

performed  

on  

leash,  

no  

longer  

than  

8  

feet,  

no  

expandable  

leads  

are  

allowed  

in  

the  

test.  

For  

collars,  

dogs  

should  

wear  

well-

fitting  

buckle  

or  

slip  

collars  

made  

of  

leather,  

fabric,  

or  

chain,  

body  

harnesses  

are  

allowed,  

but  

not  

“no  

jump”  

or  

other  

correction  

harnesses.

Special  

training  

collars  

such  

as  

pinch  

collars,  

head  

halters,  

and  

electronic  

collars  

are  

not  

permitted  

in  

the  

WSCC  

test.  

The  

evaluator  

supplies  

a

20-foot lead for the test.

Encouragement

Owners/handlers  

may  

use  

praise  

and  

encouragement  

throughout  

the  

test.  

The  

owner  

may  

pet  

the  

dog  

between  

exercises.  

Food  

and  

treats  

are

not permitted during testing, nor is the use of toys, squeaky toys, etc. to get the dog to do something.

Failures – Dismissals

Any  

dog  

that  

eliminates  

during  

testing  

must  

be  

marked  

failed.  

Any  

dog  

that  

growls,  

snaps,  

bites,  

attacks,  

or  

attempts  

to  

attack  

a  

person  

or

another  

dog  

must  

be  

dismissed  

not  

only  

from  

test  

but  

from  

the  

grounds.  

Any  

dog  

that  

exhibits  

any  

of  

the  

above  

while  

on  

the  

test  

grounds

regardless of whether or not it is being tested at the time ,must be excused from the grounds and no refund will be given.

Handlers  

are  

encouraged  

to  

finish  

all  

aspects  

of  

the  

test  

even  

if  

not  

passing,  

with  

the  

exception  

of  

any  

display  

of  

ag-  

gression.  

Finishing  

the  

test

will  

give  

handlers  

a  

good  

example  

of  

what  

they  

need  

to  

work  

on.  

Test  

if  

failed,  

may  

be  

re-  

taken  

at  

any  

time  

after  

24  

hours  

from  

initial  

failed

test.  

No  

limit  

is  

put  

on  

how  

many  

times  

you  

can  

test  

in  

order  

to  

pass.  

Dogs  

must  

be  

6  

months  

of  

age  

to  

take  

the  

test.  

Young  

dogs  

under  

the  

age

of 2 years are encouraged to retake test after 2 years of age.

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