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Bernhard Flinks Puppy Test Evaluation for Police or Sport Dogs

In the early 1980's I became interested in testing puppies to evaluate their potential to be working dogs. In 1985 I began filming some of these tests. I went on to produce a video titled Bite Training Puppies which included the results of this testing process. The first 45 minutes of that video shows how to do these tests.

Now many years later I have been sent a puppy evaluation from a friend in Germany (Bernhard Flinks). I am pleased to say that the tests that are used by Bernhard are identical to the testing shown in my tape. Bernhard has made up a work sheet to score the puppies. I did not go into this much detail, but I have included this form.

The information supplied below explains how to score a puppy test. If you click here you can print out the form to record the test scores. This was supplied by Bernhard Flinks.

Test 1. (Exploring the room)

Test 2. (Coming to a stranger)

Test 3. (Retrieve test - rolling a ball)

Test 4. (Coming to two strangers)

Test 5. (Paw pressure - 10 seconds)

Test 6. (Laying on his back)

Test 7. (Noise)

Test 8. (Cigarette pack - empty box)

Test 9. Making attraction with the box, then pulling the box up (Nerves)

Click here to see Selection Testing Score Sheet

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