Temperment Testing Your Puppy!

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Under: Helpful Tips


We are a very hands-on breeder and will always be.  For me, it's the only way to really know each and every one of our puppies.  This is important when making the decision on which puppy would be the best match for their forever family.

From the moment they are born, I take great effort in studying, observing, holding and just playing with our puppies to make sure I know them. It's not just about "how they look" which is important, especially when considering a show/breeding puppy, but what is even more important in a companion puppy is to evaluate "how they act",  their temperament. 

Because we spend so much time with our puppies, we know them, but we also take it a step further and actually perform a Puppy Aptitude Test as well as a Obedience Test on each puppy.  I can happily say, with one exception our own evaluation was in total agreement with these tests. 

So far, every puppy we have placed in loving family homes show or companion dogs have been correctly placed. 

The Puppy Aptitude and Obedience Test we use was developed by Joachim and Wendy Volhard.  If you are a breeder and aren't temperament testing your puppies, I highly encourage you to consider this test.  It's a very helpful tool and it's fun!  We test our puppies at 49 days old.  It is recommended that you have someone unknown to the puppies perform this test in an area of your home that is new to the puppy.  This test along with our own observations and of course input from our puppies future families determines what puppy will go to which family.

Here is a copy of the Tests for your use with permission of Wendy Vollard as noted on her website. 

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Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa