volhard's puppy aptitude test scores

Social Attraction | 3

Following | 3

Restraint | 4

Social Dominance | 3

Elevation Dominance | 4

Retrieving | 3

Touch Sensitivity | 6

Sound Sensitivity | 3

Sight Sensitivity | 4

Stability | 2

Interpretation of Test Scores:

Max scored mostly 3s and 4s with 3s being the highest. Max would be good for a first or second time dog owner home. She can be a high-energy dog and may need lots of exercise. She would generally be good with people, other animals, and children. She will need to have structure and follow a consistent schedule at her new home. She will need training but she will do very well at it and learn quickly. Consistent brushing and nail trimming will be important for Max as she needs to grow accustomed to the sensation and feeling of being touched under the paws. Use treats or lick mats to reinforce the positive experience especially when trimming nails or handling her paws. The more she's exposed to these grooming practices, the more she will become desensitized.  Also, ensure that when you go to the vet, bring treats so that you can reinforce that positive experience of being handled by strangers.  For the Stability test where we opened an umbrella in front of her, we had a hard time deciding whether her score should be a 2 or a 6. She initially ran away from the umbrella (which would be a 6), but then she immediately walked back up to it, smelled it cautiously (which would be a 2), and proceeded to get inside the umbrella and lied down in it. So you can decide what you may with that but from what it appeared to us, was, yes, she got startled and her fight or flight kicked in, but her recovery was quick. Max showed resilience in a stressful situation. During the test, Max seemed relaxed and confident most of the time. 

Our Observations:

From what we've observed over the weeks, Max is playful and social. She plays well with other dogs and looks for attention from people. She seems like a confident puppy but socializaton and desensitization should continue.  Max was also introduced to one of our cats and her first reaction was very comedic but pleasant. She was curious but calm. She was interested in getting to know the cat and even went on to nibble on his car, which is what Max is notorious for - ear nibbling. Max will make a fun, loveable, companion to any home. 

Max's medical history

On May 23, 2023, Max was examined by a veterinarian and found to be in good health with no murmurs, no umbilical hernias, or cleft palates.

Microchipped | Dewormed

Last Distemper/Parvo: May 22, 2023

Next Booster Due: June 12, 2023