Dog Rescuer, Howard Rudzki’s Quick Tips for Testing a Dog’s Temperament

Before going to choose a rescue dog, you should have a general idea of what size, coat type, and energy level would fit in best with your lifestyle. Is your schedule random or consistent? Is your home quiet or chaotic?

Today throughout Los Angeles County there is no shortage of dogs in shelters who long for adoption, and generally speaking, you can find one that will dovetail into your life with ease and harmony.

To learn a bit about what to look for in a dog’s temperament when considering a rescue dog, we have turned Howard Rudzki, who has been rescuing mature dogs from euthanasia for the past five years.

While there are many detailed temperament tests out there, when choosing a dog or puppy, I often advise clients to do five simple exercises to judge how a dog will it into your lifestyle, Rudzki explains.

1)Ask to take the dog or puppy out of the cage and let it sniff the groujd for a few minutes, then try to get his attention by calling out to him. Next, extend a toy or treat and walk six feet across the floor. Does he follow you?

2) Take a set of keys and shake then behind your back. Then drop then drop them on the floor five feet from your candidate and note his reaction.  Is the dog hyper, nervous or startled?

3) Hop across the floor and pretend that you have tripped. What does the puppy do?

4) See how the dog tolerates being handled. Kneel down and pet him. How does the dog react?

5) Now restrain your candidate by a leash or collar, offering treats or toys if he seems startled or uncomfortable. Does he settle down?

Any dog of course will act more stable in a loving home, but these quick tips should give you a fairly good assessment of how the dog interacts with the world and should help you decide which furry friend will make the best pet for you.