Temperament: Having the personality traits suitable for the job you want the dog to do. (If you want your dog to be good with children, and your dog has that personality trait, then he has agood temperament. He may not do so well at other things, such as guarding or herding, but that may not have been what you were looking for.
You need to be aware of you dog’s strengths and limitations. They have a profound influence on the ease or difficulty of teaching your dog a particular task.
Temperament Testing: Results show the inherited behaviors of breeding stock, valuable information for future breedings and results make it easier for breeders to place the right puppy into the right home where people will be happy with it. (After all, no breeder wants a puppy returned when it is 8 months old and may have been ruined by being improperly raised.)
Capriccio Farm uses the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test (PAT) at 7 weeks of age. (The optimal age when the puppy is neurologically complete and it has the brain of an adult. After 7 weeks the responses will be tainted by prior learning) PAT uses a scoring system from 1-6 and consists of ten tests. The tests are done consecutively and in the order listed below. Each test is scored separately, and interpreted on its own merits. The scores are not averages, and there are no winners or losers. The entire purpose is to select the right puppy for the right home.