WHAT WE EVALUATE PUPPIES FOR AND MEASURE:
✓ Social Attraction - Measures the degree of attraction to people and the degree of confidence of the puppy.
✓ Following - Measures the puppy's degree of attraction to people.
✓ Retrieving - There is a high correlation between the ability to retrieve and success at being a performance dog.
✓ Sound Sensitivity - This shows the degree of reaction to loud or sharp noises. There is a strong correlation between a fearful reaction on this test
and shyness. A puppy with a high degree of sensitivity to sound needs additional desensitization through a puppy class for example.
✓ Chase Instinct - The chase response (also called "Prey Drive") to a moving object. Play drive is measured here as well.
✓ Stability - To evaluate the coping ability when being startled.
✓ Energy Level - To evaluate the degree of physical energy of the puppy.
Polished Puppy Scores:
FAMILIES THAT HAVE PICKED A PUPPY FROM US BASED ON TEMPERAMENT, HAVE DECLARED THEY WILL NEVER PICK A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER PUPPUPPY ANY OTHER WAY AGAIN. WE WILL CHEERFULLY SUPPLY YOU WITH REFERENCES.
After years of education and experience with puppies and placing puppies in homes, we were looking for a better way to categorize pups, making it easier for a family to select based upon their lifestyle and needs. In the beginning, we used the Volhard Method to test pups. The results were often difficult for people to understand and the scoring could lead to some confusion. After some time, I began to believe the method was flawed. I often found myself abandoning the test scores and simply talking with families about the pups personality, intelligence, tolerance and energy level. For this reason, we have created our own way to share details and accurately describe each puppy to potential families.
As of April, 2015, I am unaware of any science-based study with statistics and hard data that proves one can predict exactly what a puppy will be like as an adult. A puppies brain is fully developed around the 49th day of life - give or take a few days. We continually observe the puppies and make recommendation based upon the pups personality at that time. As with any living thing, you must nurture it along. With proper handling, the puppy will thrive and become a valued member of your family. But you can’t expect the puppy will develop into the dog you want all on his/her own. You must take an active roll - especially over the next eight (8) critical weeks in your puppies life. So to be very clear, please understand this about temperament testing: Scores are indicative not predictive of adult behavior patterns.
Each Puppy has its own personality, inherent temperament traits and energy level and can be motivated differently. Puppies are evaluated during their entire time here with us. At roughly seven (7) weeks of age, we have enough information and observation time in that we are able to categorize them. First, we break the pups into three groups; Social, Extrovert and Introvert. We then assign them a level based upon their energy and enthusiasm. They are critiqued on:
◦ How comfortable they are in a new environment
◦ What their social responses are
◦ How interested in playing they are
◦ How interested in people they are
◦ How biddable or independent they are
◦ How easy they are to handle
◦ If they have a tendency to guard food or high value objects
◦ Desire to play tug, chase, retrieve or play with ball
◦ Desire to follow humans
◦ Noise sensitivity
◦ Recovery time when startled or stressed
Our Polished Puppy Assessment and Evaluation program is practiced to provide an accurate and objective evaluation of the behavioral tendencies of a puppy. Similar programs are used by those that train police K-9's, Search & Rescue, dogs for the blind, and so on to pinpoint tendencies in very young puppies before they are influenced by the environment. Behaviorists, trainers and serious breeders will recommend objective testing as a helpful tool when placing puppies. Even if a pup is not destined to be a working dog, it is still important to know the puppy's base temperament as well as possible to match both puppy and owner. All owners want the perfect Jack Russell but the perfect pup for one person could cause chaos in another's household.
Middle-of-the-road pups are fairly easy to handle and cooperative but they still need consistency and training. He will often look to his people for guidance. This pup can be easy to train, reliable with children, and though at times he may lack a little self confidence, he makes a high quality family pet and responds very well to positive, force-free training. Make no mistake though, this pup can and will develop frustrating or undesired habits if you do not commit yourself to training him right. This dog has a little less energy than a busy pup and his demeanor is friendly and gentle. This pup will still need regular exercise. An all around great dog for most situations.
The mellow, shy or slightly insecure dog may have a lower energy level, be submissive or lack confidence. If we have a pup in this category, we will give you more specific details about the pup as each one is a bit different. He usually bonds closely with his owner and requires regular guidance and encouragement to bring him out of his shell. If handled incorrectly the insecure dog can grow up shy and fearful. This pup does best in a predictable structured lifestyle with owners who practice positive, force-free training with patience and are not overly demanding. Not a great choice for engaging, loud or busy children.
◆ ◆◆◆ E-1 = Confident & Energetic -- Puppy oozes with excitement about life in general! Life is so full of things to play with like balls, toys, rocks, socks, pant legs, fingers and toes. This pup loves meeting new people and thinks life is all about having fun. This puppy will have a lot of energy and is certainly not for a couch potato. Play, play, play - fetch and tug are great - the more the better. Provide them with stuffed kongs, treat balls, puzzle toys and so on to keep their minds engaged. With or without you, they are going to have a good time! This pup will require a variety of fun toys and puzzles to keep the mind engaged. Exercise is important for both mind and body.
◆ ◆◆◆ E-2 = Middle-of-the-road -- This pup is the total package. Teach her, praise her and she’ll guarantee to make you proud no matter where you take her. This dog is naturally curious, trusting and playful in nature. Toys, balls, fetch and tug games will be appreciated. This little pup will need stuffed kongs, treat balls and puzzle toys or a daily walk or play session and will also be equally satisfied to curl up in your lap. Much like the E-1 but with a bit less energy overall.
◆ ◆◆◆ E-3 = Mellow, shy or slightly insecure -- This pup is also the total package, but with a bit less energy and confidence. Smart, willing to learn and eager to please. With a little patience, you can certainly teach this pup anything. Very loyal, steady and playful but in some cases, may not be quite as confident and daring as other pups. This little pup will still need stuffed kongs, treat balls and puzzle toys or a daily walk or play session and will also be equally satisfied to curl up in your lap.
◆ ◆◆◆ S-1 = Confident & Energetic -- This is a higher energy, all-purpose pup ready to commit to his new family. He will find every family activity fun, interesting and enjoyable. Social pups will play with toys, balls and enjoy fetch or tug games but they will get bored with them after a bit. He will always prefer human companionship over all else. This dog is ready, able and willing to be your constant sidekick. He will need daily play sessions, walks or rides and interaction with his human family members. Loyal to the end. Life will never be boring with this little terrier. This is a great dog to take to work with you! This dog will not do well being home alone on a regular basis for extended periods of time.
◆ ◆◆◆ S-2 = Middle-of-the-road -- Fun-loving and always ready for a good time. His playfulness and general silliness will keep you and your friends entertained and laughing. He is a little less outgoing than the S-1 above, but still quite entertaining. Social pups will play with toys, balls and enjoy fetch or tug games but they will get bored with them after a bit. When he becomes a bit too overwhelming, a redirection settles this pup down quickly. Another great choice if you want to take your pup to work. This dog will also not do well being home alone on a regular basis for extended periods of time.
◆ ◆◆◆ S-3 = Mellow, shy or slightly insecure -- This pup is ready, able and willing but might be a bit quiet and shy at first. He will thrive in a home where his humans are patient and teach him new things at his pace. It may take him a little more time than the more social and confident pup when meeting new people. This pup is pretty low key and will be just as happy sitting near you as taking a leisurely stroll around the block. This type of puppy can easily end up being a very devoted friend. This puppy is not a good choice for the person that leaves home and goes to work for most of the day.
◆ ◆◆◆ I-1 = Confident & Energetic -- This pup will have a little bit of ambition. He is intelligent, independent, clever and confident. They like to set their own rules but can be persuaded…especially if a high value food or treat is involved. Don't expect this pup to be too toy or play motivated. This puppy will enjoy hard working, confident, somewhat busy humans. Sometimes he will prefer to do his own thing... and perhaps to your frustration. This terrier will view you more as an equal, and be an independent thinker more than just blindly follow his humans.
◆ ◆◆◆ I-2 = Middle-of-the-road -- Easy-going, relaxed pup who will prefer a slightly laid-back human and a lower stress relationship. It will help if you are positive, patient and enjoy leisurely walks followed by a quick, yummy snack and two-hour nap, and simply be willing to explore the joys of simply relaxing together. If you like “the easy life” at home or work outside the home often, this pup may be a perfect match for you. Naps in the middle of the day and curling up in the same room with you is a fine way to spend their day.
◆ ◆◆◆ I-3 = Mellow, shy or slightly insecure -- This pup may view the world as a big and scary place especially if they are not socialized and taught basic core training. With the right training, this pup can easily learn his way around. This pup may appear a little shy but really just needs someone to help them come out of their shell. Charming and sweet they blossom with patience and understanding. Until they are familiar with a new place, they may be more comfortable close to you... or maybe just a little behind you. Not a good choice for children as the pup will be less engaging.
"Oliver" and "Violet" got a new little Jack Russell brother last year and moved him into their home in Massachusetts. He is from Kylemore Terrier.
"Cricket" in Canada is one fun loving jack russell terrier. She likes to go bike riding too!
"Eimear" a Connemara Terrier who retired to Lexington, Kentucky. Eimear is our Bitsy's Mother.