Monday, June 25, 2012

American Temperament Test – ATTS


The ATTS focuses on and measures the different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat.

American Temperament Testing Society - Hoosier Rottweiler Club

The test simulates a casual walk through a park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli.

Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog’s ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions.

The ATTS is based solely on the Dog. It measures the dog’s reaction to different stimuli and their ability to recover. The handler is not allowed to talk to the dog, give commands, or give corrections.

You will walk the test at the end of a loose leash to allow the dog to maneuver and respond in their own way. The dog is not judged on obedience, they are not required to sit or maintain the heel position. There is no preparation necessary.

This is the most complete and accurate test to truly learn your dogs temperament at its present state. The test is pass fail only.

The ATT Society has only 12 Master Testers in the US. This test is incredibly difficult to come by, and earlier this year HRC members drove to Minnesota just to be able to participate in a “local test”.

This will be the only ATTS offered in Indiana this year!!!

Who: All Dogs 18 months and older. Must have a current Rabies Vaccination Certificate. All Breeds are welcome.

What:
The ATTS Test is comprised of 10 individual tests.

The ATTS Test is pass/fail. A dog may be retested after a 5-month waiting period. There are three evaluators assigned to each ATTS Temperament Test, including one Chief Tester. Each Chief Tester has undergone several years of training. All breeds are treated the same and we do not advocate one breed over another.

Equipment:
3 Items. Either a Buckle Collar (No Plastic Buckles/Snaps) or a Metal Slip Collar (Choke Chain). 6 foot leash. Current Vaccination Report. Metal slip collars required for large breeds. (Must have all 3 Items present at time of testing)

Group AM/PM:

Please designate in the upper right hand corner of your entry whether you prefer “AM” or “PM” Grouping. Preference to Grouping will be given to the early entries.

When:

Please check our Events listings for the dates and times of the ATTS, or send an email to: mjsbelle@verizon.net