The 8 phases of the test

  1. Contactability with strangers: The test leader takes the dog from handler and walks away; then manhandles the dog checking out fur and body structure pretty much the same way as does a judge in dog exhibitions. The dog must also show its teeth.
  2. The dog's play behaviour: Unleashed dog. Tug-of-war-play with a rug.
  3. The dog's chasing behaviour: A rug is quickly pulled zig-zag about 8 meters from the dog.
  4. The dog's ability to relax: Standing still during 3 minute's silence.
  5. The dog's reactions to a fast emerging bigger object: Suddenly a stuffed man-size-overall emerges.
  6. The dog's noise sensitivity: A rather heavy metal chain is pulled over corrugated plate hidden in a shrubbery, the so-called "rattle".
  7. The dog's reaction to approaching threat: Ghosts - two figurants clad in white sheets with white buckets on their heads, on the buckets there are huge black eyes and teeth painted on. The ghosts stride slowly forwards in a stereotype manner in order not to move like human beings. The wind must be off the dog to prevent it from sensing the human’s scent. At a distance of about 3 meters the ghosts turn their backs to the dog. Finally the handler is allowed to say the dog's name, talk to the ghosts and unmask them.
  8. The dog's tolerance to gunshots: Tug-of-war-play - 2 gun shots are fired at intervals of 10 seconds. The gunman is hidden at a distance of 20 meters. After this, dog in leash with handler passive, and then finally another 2 shots are fired at intervals of 10 seconds.

Jiggy's test result

 

The areas marked with grey are the desirable result.

The bold and inverted text is Jiggy's result.

Phases

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2

3

4

5

1a. CONTACT
Greeting

Refuses contact -growling and/or snappish.

Avoids contact - shy, withdraws.

Accepts contact - totally unengaged, but no withdrawals.

Makes contact voluntarily or when handler makes contact.
Is well-balanced

Intensive contact behaviour towards test leader, might also jump and whine.

1b. CONTACT
Collaboration

Doesn't follow despite repeated calls.

Follows reluctantly. Strives towards handler, or struggles towards other direction.

Follows the whole distance, reluctantly.

Follows willingly.

Follows willingly. Shows intensive interest in test leader,

1c. CONTACT
Handling

Repudiating. Growling and/or snappish.

Avoiding, withdraws, threatening behaviours

Avoids active handling

Accepts, responds with contact behaviour.

Accepts. Intensive contact behaviour towards test leader.

2a. PLAY 1
Playfulness

Doesn't play.

Doesn't play, but shows interest.

Plays - starts slowly but becomes active.

Plays actively.

Starts quickly.

Plays very actively.

Starts very quickly. Hard to interrupt.

2b. PLAY 1
Grabbing

No grabbing.

No grabbing. Sniffs at object.

Careful grasping or pinching object.

Grabs directly with full mouth.

Grabs directly,

2c. PLAY 1
Tug-of-war

Doesn't bite.

Bites carefully. Lets go, holds, doesn't resist.

Bites - resists, lets go, bites again.

Grabs directly with whole mouth resists until test leader lets go.

Grabs directly with whole mouth, Shakes after test leader lets go.

3a. CHASE
Pursuing

Doesn't start.

Starts but interrupts.

Starts or runs slowly
May increase speed. Follows up action.

Starts at high speed,
concentrated on target - "hits the brakes" when reaching the prey.

1+2

Starts directly at high speed. Runs passing prey. Might turn back.

3b. CHASE
Grabbing

Ignores prey viz.
doesn't run up to the prey.

Doesn't grab object; doesn’t sniff at it.

Doesn't grab object; Sniffs at it.

2

Grabs reluctantly.

1

Grabs directly.

4 ACTIVITY

Inattentive, uninterested, inactive.

Attentive and calm - standing, sitting or lying.

 Walks about. Sniffs, eats grass or bites in braches.

Uneasy. Quickly changes activities. Digs or jump up at the handler.

Uneasy. Changes very quickly activities. Barks and pull the leash.

5a. SURPRISE
Fear

Stops, short stop.

Crouches and stops.

Dodges without turning away gaze.

Escapes max. 5 meters.

Escapes more than 5 meters.

5b. SURPRISE
Threats/

Aggression

Shows no threatening behaviours.

Shows one or two threatening behaviours.

Shows several threatening behaviours during a long time.

Shows several threatening behaviours, barking and a few attack attempts.

Shows threatening behaviours and attacks - might even end with bites.

5c. SURPRISE
Curiosity

Approaches when handler puts the overall on the ground viz. doesn't approach.

Approaches when handler talks to the overall.

Walks up to the overall when handler is standing beside.

Walks up to the overall when handler has walked half the distance.

Walks up to the overall unaided.

5d. SURPRISE
Remaining fear

No tempo change, nor escape attempt.

Walks in a small arc at the first passage.

Looks to the side at the second passage.

No reaction at the third passage.

Walks in an arc at the first passage. Walks in a small arc at the second passage.

Looks to the side at the third passage

Passes in full length of leash.

Walks in an arc at the second and third passage.

Passes in full length of leash at least two times.

 

6a. NOISE SENSITIVITY
Fear

Stops. Short stop.

Crouches and stops.

Dodges without turning away gaze.

Escapes max 5 meters.

Escapes more than 15 meters.

6b. NOISE SENSITIVITY
Curiosity

Doesn't approach.

Approaches when handler touches the rattling noise.

Approaches when handler talks to the rattling noise.

Approaches the rattling noise when handler is standing beside.

Walks up to the rattling noise after handler has walked half the distance.

Walks up to the rattling noise without help.

6c. NOISE SENSITIVITY
Remaining fear

No change of tempo, or dodging.

Walks in a small arc at the first passage.

Looks to the side at the second passage.

No reaction at the third passage.

Walks in an arc at the first passage. Walks in a small arc at the second passage.

Looks to the side at the third passage

Passes in full length of leash.

Walks in an arc at the second and third passage.

Passes in full length of leash at least two times.

 

7a. GHOSTS
Fear

No escape attempts.

One or two escape tendencies.

Hesitation between quick escape or in control.

Escape or interrupted escape in the first third of the exercise.

Escapes the length of the leash in the first third of the exercise.

7b. GHOSTS
Threats/

rancour

Shows no threatening behaviours.

Shows one or two threatening behaviours.

Shows several threatening behaviours during long time.

Shows several threatening behaviours and even some attack.

Shows several threatening behaviours and several attacks.

7c. GHOSTS
Remaining fear

Approaches when handler has unmasked figurants.

1+2

Approaches when handler talks to figurants.

Approaches ghost when handler is beside.

Walks up to ghost when handler has walked half the distance.

Walks up to ghost unaided.

8. GUN SHOTS

Shows no concern. Fast control and after that totally unconcerned.

In control, but the dog's control disappears after the first shots. Interrupts activity, but then restarts.

Remaining anxiety after several gunshots. Unable to return to play.

Increasing escape attempts after every shot. Both with and without play.

Escapes. Leaves the place.

 
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