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Puppy Temperament Testing, Statesville NC

Learn More About the Temperament of a Goldendoodle

We promote *temperament testing. At 7 weeks of age, we will determine personalities  using a modified version of the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test  This testing helps us provide additional information to our clients that can help them in their puppy selection process.  There are still distinct personality traits in each puppy as well as energy levels and by using the modified version of the Volhard Temperament test, we are able to share our discoveries with our clients.  We desire to make good matches for our clients and their new puppy.  While you are waiting to see which puppies that we recommend for you, we ask that you pick your top three selections. We will do our best to find the perfect match out of your selection. Oftentimes at least one puppy that you have selected will match what you are looking for whether in a service, therapy or companion dog.  We take pride in making great matches. 

Just remember if our evaluations appeal to you but the energy level is not what you are prepared for, then your puppy can become a challenge. Moderate to low energy is best for the first time dog owner or prospective therapy dog. Moderate energy can be great for anyone. Great service dogs come from this energy level. High energy is great for an experienced dog owner who is adventurous and active. Ideally single or a young couple without small children. They also make great running companions (after the age of two, please) Higher energy dogs need a place to release their energy.  So giving them challenging things to do and experience is vital to their well-being.  These dogs are not good latch key dogs. You can have one in a small apartment in NYC, but you had better take him to Central Park daily for a good romp.

Energy level can also determine their personality and trainability.  An Alpha with a high energy is the hardest dog to train.  An omega with a low energy is the second hardest to train. Both extreme ends of the spectrum cause problems because they are difficult to manage and hard to keep their attention.  Alphas will take charge and omega will ignore you. Thankfully we have been blessed to have really great out comes with our puppies.  Due to their original genetics (golden retriever and poodle) and also due to temperaments. Below is a description of what a wild dog pack looks like.  There is a balance in a pack with each member present.  

1. ALPHA: The 1st rank of the dog pack is the alpha. The alpha dog is a natural born leader who does not need to prove his rank to any other dog in the pack. Primarily because the dogs instinctual pack behavior comes into play and a hierarchy must be established as to who is the “lead dog". The Alpha dog that will quickly assume the leadership role in your family, if you don't. VERY STRONG, ROBUST, DOMINANT, POWERFUL, HIGH PREY DRIVE, STRONG SPIRITED, EXCELLENT FOR SPORT.

ALPHA: The alpha dog must rule and is given first rights in breeding with females and in eating. Both male and female alpha dogs exude confidence, maintaining control through body position, facial expression, and the occasional nip or snarl at beta members of the pack.  Without the presence of other animals, a single dog in a family home is likely to believe he or she is the alpha dog. The dog has to be convinced otherwise by the “people pack” or else the dog is likely to exhibit behavioral problems. When a dog in the home remains the alpha dog, undesirable behaviors may emerge. The dog will not follow commands, may bite, snarl, dangerously guard its food, and will refuse to be walked by an owner. With the last, an alpha dog usually walks its owner, not coming to heel when requested, but hurrying the owner along at its own pace. Not all characteristics of the alpha dog are bad ones.  Alpha  dogs are often quite smart animals, and in natural wild dog settings, they would be leaders. In a family setting they must be convinced that they are not dominant.

2. ALPHA-BETA: This is the 2nd ranked dog in the pack, it's also a leader but is second in command to the Alpha Dog and in line for the Alpha position if the opportunity is given. The Alpha-Beta dog conveys confidence but clearly less then the alpha and much more than the Beta. VERY STRONG, POWERFUL, VERY GOOD PREY DRIVE, VERY GOOD FOR SPORT.

3. BETA: The 3rd ranked dog is excellent for families. Not necessarily a follower to the Alpha, rather a different kind. He avoids confrontation and risks. He does not have the need to challenge for position. Very affectionate loving dog and, if raised with children, will make an excellent playmate.  STRONG, GOOD PREY DRIVE, GOOD FOR SPORT AND EXCELLENT FOR FAMILY!.

4. BETA-OMEGA: The 4th in command. An ideal family pet for high traffic and large families. Most often this is the one who is most laid back, does not lack confidence, with "sound" temperament. Will accept lower position without a challenge, happy to hangout with you. A cool dog. AN IDEAL FAMILY PET, GOOD PLAY DRIVE, READY TO PLAY AND READY TO PLEASE ATTITUDE.

5. OMEGA: The 5th is the lowest ranking, the Omega. The last ranking dog within the pack.  is the omega. The omega is viewed by the rest of the pack as the weakest link. This dog (Omega) will lack confidence necessary to excel to the higher rank position of the Alpha. The Omega dog can be very shy and naturally will try to avoid confrontation. The Omega dog is happy to be a follower. When approached by  a Alpha dog, Omega dog will start wiggling, licking face (mouth), and lay-over and expose their bellies, often have submissive pee but are very pleased to interact with the Alpha dog. The  Omega  dog tail is between their legs (in dog parks) and will walk cautiously  at the dog park with fear and submissive and will  avoid provocation, and/or may bark from fear or even fight back. Therefore, they are often the target for being bullied, harassed and picked on by dogs of higher ranking in the pack order.

It is important that if you take home a high energy alpha, that you understand that you will always be challenged as the leader.  We have only had one true alpha in our goldendoodle puppies.  It took months to find her the perfect match.  She lives with a gentleman that not only understands dogs but trains them for a living and she thrives with him.  Generally our goldendoodles are betas.  They would rather be lead than to lead.

*Testing may be predictive but should not be construed as absolute given an animal's behavior ultimately depends upon internal, external, and environmental factors. And, the extent to which nature vs nurture influence and effect the ultimate behavior outcome irrespective of preliminary test results from a given point in time and the animal's life.