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Old 05-16-2007, 11:56 AM   #1
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Default Picking a puppy..

This thread is not for picking a show dog of confirmation but rather personality or work ability.. Assuming I am only addressing a family pet, and not a working dog like for k9 etc, here are a few things you can do.. And I hope others will add..
I look for the following.
* willingness to come greet you..
* willingness to look into your eyes, with responsive tail wags- standing on all 4 paws, not a gravel...
* If you hold the puppy- does the puppy settle quickly- ie within like 20 seconds.. Wiggles at first are accepted as a being a baby, but the puppy should settle and relax. Even glancing causally away, but content to be held..
* If you put the puppy down, and walk away at a pace the puppy can keep up with, you are talking in a happy, but not overly loud voice something like " PUPPY puppy puppy..." - does the puppy follow you? Does the puppy stay behind you- or come up on your side. Also- does the puppy try to look at you when you stop walking..
Try this - walk away from the puppy calling in a happy voice. The puppy should follow without biting at your feet- when you stop the puppy should look at you like " now what...".. lol.. If you say nothing, does the pup walk away? or stay put waiting for the next adventure. If the pup walks away its not a bad thing- but it shows a short attention span.. If the pup stays with you ( remember- these are babies and all babies will have a short attention span- what you are looking for is which one is more willing to stay with you longer... ) Staying with you is more of a concentration..
* If you are petting a puppy- and a litter mate comes over- whats the reaction-- continueing to stay with you- play with the litter mate, or loose focus completly and walk away? All 3 reactions mean something.. Playing with a litter mate means- willingness to change subjects, staying with you means concentration, and leaving means- doesnt perfer to continue play with another dog around.. All this is - is an indicator what you need to work on. A dog that change change subjects would be more towards like agility- a dog that stays with you- more obedience- a dog that just leaves the situation will need maybe more socialization.. But confident around people more than dogs...
* Wait for the puppy to find a toy. What does the puppy do if you try to take it?.. ( growling is not an option here... ). If the pup easily surrendars the toy and looks to you for 'whats the next game with this" thats a good thing- again- able to go " with the flow".. . If the fights you slightly for the toy ( but not growling just tug of war type thing) this means the dog will stay on a task longer.. But also more independant... ( good agility possiblity as they have to function off lead- but stick to the program at hand..) ( leaving out the other reaction as that is used more so for k9 work.. and this is about a house pet..)
* With other pups around- pick up one of them, but not the one you were looking at. What does the one not picked up you are watching do??? - does the pup try to come up too- bouncing around your leg, or barks at you or the litter mate- or just walk off to find something else to play with??? Jumping up on you means- I wanted the attention- 'get down here brother etc' is a bark.. See who the pup is watcing- the litter mate or you... Both mean they want attention but you want the one that is 'dancing ' looking at you if you want a dog that would work well in obedience or agility because this shows a higher fixation on your.. If they walk away- easily distracted- and moves on..
* Calmly stare at a puppy- not with threatening eyes- but calms eyes- how long does the puppy watch you .. Calm looks and holding eye contact is not a bad thing at all- many people think it is- its really an indicator how long a puppy can hold attention compared to the others.. You would like to have eye contact, occasional glance away but comes back..
* lastly- have a coke can or something that rattles- wait for all playing..- toss it ( not at the puppy obviously) - see which ones although startled at the noise- walks up to sniff the object... ( do NOT SCARE the puppies- this is just a casual toss...)
* another good one is- if said puppy is asleep and you call in a happy praising voice- does the puppy look at you- or better yet- come to you.. Thats a good indicator of putting you first...

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good post!!! you covered all the good stuff!!!
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Old 05-16-2007, 02:38 PM   #3
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Thank you.. Its a simple list, and shows alot on an idea what to expect..

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Old 05-16-2007, 02:56 PM   #4
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Good post! I agree, you covered a lot of important stuff
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Its also a good indicator what to work with first- focusing- socializing, etc..

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Wonderful post! Very good information
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Hi Michelle very informative and helpful post.
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Thank you. ... its a combination of temperment testing and showing how a puppy thinks so you have an idea how to train and what you need to work with..

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