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#346947 - 02/14/18 12:10 PM Shelter puppy temperament test results
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Hello,

I looked at an 11 week old shepherd mix puppy at my local shelter yesterday. I did a temperament test on it because I am looking for certain traits in the dog I add to my family. I need a good family dog but also a trainable dog who can work a bit. I want an active dog who is up for anything.

The puppy met the scores I was hoping it would in all areas except one - the umbrella test. I opened an umbrella and set it down on the ground to see what the puppy would do with an unfamiliar object. The puppy went up to it cautiously, at first. Then nipped at the handle and when it moved the puppy back away from it. She then ran behind me for a second. She came back out and whined. Her tail wasn't tucked but she did seem apprehensive about it.

I know nerves are a big factor in German Shepherds so I was hoping for some input. Is this a nerve issue? Could the puppy be going through a phase? There doesn't appear to be any signs of past abuse. I will be taking whatever dog I adopt to a five month master dog training school, so I need one that is willing to try new things.

Side note: she wasn't at all fearful of me dropping keys on the ground or the squeaking noise, one of the toys I brought with me, made.

Thank you!


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#346951 - 02/14/18 03:22 PM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: Molly1993]
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she's still a baby, and stuff can be scary. Can you take her for a walk? I would not be real quick to call her a nervebag for a single caution. It's a lot to ask of a 12 week old to not seek comfort when your standing right there. Just saying, I'd revisit after sleeping on it, maybe try it again. If you could walk with her, with traffic and comotion, it might be easier to judge. Not much to go on.
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#346953 - 02/14/18 04:08 PM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: dano]
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11 weeks old is just a pup. Shelters can be stressful places.

If you don't feel comfortable have someone else you trust evaluate the pup for you.
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#346954 - 02/14/18 04:30 PM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val]
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Thank you guys. I like the idea of having someone else go in and evaluate her. They won't let me walk her because she is under 12 weeks and is still at risk of getting sick. That and she is getting over ring worm.

But since I plan on keeping this dog til death, I just wanted second options. Mainly because I have a two year old son. I don't want him to scare the puppy with all the loud noises he makes and crying he does! laugh

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#346957 - 02/14/18 07:00 PM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: Molly1993]
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I agree with all the responses. He's just a baby. Being in a shelter is scary, it must be especially scary for such a young pup. I'm glad to hear you are testing him, just understand that he is already dealing with a very stressful situation. Best of luck with your choice!!!!
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#347017 - 02/17/18 06:21 PM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: Shilohsmom]
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Any updates? I'd love to hear if you got the pup.
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#347020 - 02/18/18 11:37 AM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: Shilohsmom]
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I hope this pup works out for the OPs home. The described behavior with the umbrella sounds like a good response for 12 weeks -not freaked but not over the top either.

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#347036 - 02/21/18 09:47 AM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: middleofnowhere]
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Hey everyone! Thanks for the replies! I went out of town for the weekend and told myself if she was still there when I got back, then I would adopt her! Well, she was gone... frown I am gonna keep checking the page because sometimes they take dogs down if they are sick for a while. Maybe she was adopted already. Either way, I do know for the future what I should expect. I want the best fit for my family and it is good to know that a little fear is fine in a puppy! Will keep you posted.

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#347038 - 02/21/18 02:22 PM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: Molly1993]
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Thanks for the update. I'm sure you'll find the perfect pup for you soon. Let us know how it goes.
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#347039 - 02/21/18 04:28 PM Re: Shelter puppy temperament test results [Re: Shilohsmom]
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I really hope so. I will keep looking. I'm sure there are plenty of puppies out there in need of a home!

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