How the evaluation is conducted
Prior to conducting the temperament evaluation, we sit down with the pet parent and review the information presented on the application to include the dog’s history, previous owners, known issues, previous socialization and interactions with other dogs. We want to know as much as possible so we can make their transition into the pack as smooth and enjoyable as possible. This process generally takes 15 minutes, and once complete you may go about your daily activities while we conduct the evaluation with your dog at our facility.
There is no need for you to wait or be present while we conduct the temperament evaluation. Our experience has shown that we are able to gain a much more realistic and accurate assessment of the dogs social skills when the parents are not present as the dogs are not focused on impressing mom and dad, but on interacting with other dogs.
The temperament evaluation begins with each staff member becoming personally acquainted with your dog, in a controlled environment away from the main pack. After, we will slowly introduce one of our dogs, known for their friendly nature and well-rounded socialization skills. We will carefully monitor your dog for body language, posturing, and reactions during these critical first social interactions. Once the initial canine greeting is out of the way we will carefully introduce a toy into the situation to insure that there are no toy aggressive or possessive tendencies present, we will then give them both a treat in close proximity to check for food aggressiveness. At which point we will introduce your kid to the pack and observe for another two hours.