Our temperament assessment has been developed by our Animal Behaviour Expert Advisor, leading animal trainer and behaviouralist David Ryan.
If you've had your dog for at least 6 months and if your dog is at least 18 months old, then take this quick suitability test to see if it's likely he or she will pass?
- Does your dog enjoy meeting and greeting new people?
- Is your dog comfortable with being handled by new people?
- Does your dog walk on the lead without pulling?
- Can your dog walk on a fixed lead using a comfortable, flat neck collar or properly fitted body harness? (No chain or half check collars are allowed). It is possible to visit in a head collar if absolutely necessary, but dogs must be assessed without.
- Will your dog “sit” and “stay” when asked?
- Can your dog sit politely and accept a pat from a friendly stranger/s without jumping up or barking repeatedly for example?
- Can your dog walk past people with minimal reaction to unusual noises or distraction?
- Does your dog show little reaction to clumsy or heavy stroking?
- Does your dog react well to unexpected or unusual noises?
- Will your dog take food gently and leave dropped food when asked?
- Can your dog walk past another dog and show no more than a passing interest?
- Can you confirm that your dog has never bitten anyone?
- Do you and your dog work well together as a team?
If you answered YES to all of these questions, then your dog stand a good chance of passing our assessment and becoming a Wag Friendship Dog.
If you answered NO to any of these questions, you may want to undertake some training before attending one of our assessments.