Caucasian Ovcharka Working Dog Club of America
We have two testing options for our CO breeders but not limited to and welcome all breeds!
All dogs must be temperament tested through COWDCA before receiving any titles through COWDCA. Please contact us for all testing dates.
All dogs must be on lead and muzzled for testing. Handler must supply a properly fitting and secure basket muzzle.
The test stations are as follows:
1) Neutral/Friendly Stranger Test- A stranger approaches in a friendly and non-threatening manner. Helper does not touch the handler or the dog.
2) Livestock Test- The team approaches an area where at least one small livestock animal (duck, chicken, rabbit, etc.) and one larger livestock animal (pig, goat, sheep, etc.) are secured. The handler is not to allow the dog to come in direct contact with the livestock but must approach at the designated mark to where the dogs reaction can be evaluated. Appropriate responses would be neutral, interested, friendly, playful, or startled (and then recover) towards the livestock. An undesirable reaction would be one of extreme fear or any aggression towards the livestock.
3) Gunshot Test- The handler stops at a designated area. The assistant fires three shots using a .22 caliber starter pistol (SHOT-PAUSE-SHOT-SHOT). The purpose of this is to test for gun sureness. Acceptable responses would be neutral, forward aggression, and the dog may startle but recover. Inappropriate responses would include fearfulness, gun-shyness, or startling without recovery
4) Threatening Stranger Test- The dog and handler walk towards a designated back- tie where the handler will secure the dog while holding the dog's leash. A stranger will quickly approach the owner and dog in a threatening manner. When the stranger starts to approach the handler the owner is highly encouraged to alert the dog by telling the stranger to stop multiple times and commanding the dog to guard.
The stranger will keep advancing until he is close but not in the bite zone. If the dog shows backward fear the helper will retreat and the test will end. Appropriate responses would be if the dog were to remain in front of the handler or to the side of the handler. Unacceptable responses would be if the dog hides behind the handler or tries to run away from the stranger.
5) Basic Obedince Test-