mike's medical history

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

Microchipped | Dewormed

Last Distemper/Parvo: May 22, 2023

Next Booster Due: June 12, 2023

volhard's puppy aptitude test scores

Social Attraction | 5

Following | 4

Restraint | 3

Social Dominance | 3

Elevation Dominance | 4

Retrieving | 4

Touch Sensitivity | 3

Sound Sensitivity | 4

Sight Sensitivity | 5

Stability | 2

Interpretation of Test Scores:

Mike scored mostly 3s and 4s with 4s being the highest. Mike would be good for a first time or second time dog owner home but one that is willing and dedicated to spend more time with training. Mike can be a high-energy dog and may need lots of exercise. He would generally be good with people, other animals, and children. He will need to have structure and follow a consistent schedule at his new home. He will need training but he will do very well at it. Consistent brushing and nail trimming will be important for Mike as he 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 his paws. The more he's exposed to these grooming practices, the more he will become desensitized.  Also, ensure that when you go to the vet or when you go to new places and meet new people, bring treats so that you can reinforce that positive experience of being touched or handled by strangers.  Mike scored a 5 on the Sight Sensitivity where we jerked a bandana across the floor in front of him. For his initial reaction, he hid behind the tester. But this part of the test immediately followed the Sound Sensitivity test where we banged a ladel against a metal pot, creating a loud noise. It's not unusual for a puppy to be a little spooked after that, especially when in a strange room he's never been before. After the entire test was complete and Mike was feeling more comfortable, we tried the Sight Sensitivity test again by jerking the bandana across the floor, and this time, he initiated play with it. With the result of his first reaction and how he reacted the second time we performed the test, we can gauge that Mike may need some time warming up to new situations, new people, and new places. Positive reinforcement is a must in his training. For the Stability test where we opened an umbrella in front of him, he flinched but walked to the umbrella and smelled it cautiously. His response for this test is opposite of what he scored for the Sight Sensitivity. He showed curiousity and courage in this situation. Although Mike's test scores are pretty good, he showed nervousness during the test but still a lot of willingness. Although his tail would wag excitedly, he would occasionally let out a whine or whimper, which is understandable being in a strange room. So, it is important that Mike is properly and consistently socialized before 16 weeks old to build more confidence and become more desensitized with the outside world. 

Other Observations:

From what we've observed over the weeks, Mike is playful but does not seem overly energetic. He plays well with other dogs and looks for attention from people but with new and strange situations, and like most puppies, he needs some time warming up. He has good social attraction but new environments or situations may discourage him so he will rely on his owner to help him through stressful situations. With the right training, love, care, and socialization, Mike would make a great companion dog someday.

Volhard's Puppy Aptitude Test

Mike scored mostly 3s & 4s, but he scored 4s the