ABO Puppy Aptitude Test
Sometimes, you can identify an Omega dog by the following (although it also can indicate a socialization problem):
- The dog hides under a bed when lightning or thunder strikes.
- It may cower when you go to pet it.
- If you yell at an Omega dog, it may roll over and urinate.
Importance of Identifying Dog Types
How to Identify a Dog’s Personality Type
Remember, when performing the test, you are looking for a dog that scores a high B. This dog will likely work with you, forgive your errors, and respect you as pack leader without being overly insecure. Try to observe your new pup on more than one occasion and during different times of the day. We suggest performing these tests on at least two separate occasions.
In all of the following tests, bring the puppy to a quiet, neutral ground site away from the litter if possible. (Your home might be a good choice if the breeder will allow it and if there are no other dogs at home) These tests do not need to be performed in numerical order.
- A: Alpha Tendencies
- B: Beta Tendencies
- O: Omega Tendencies
Test Number 1
A: The puppy follows with its tail up and bites at your feet or leg.
AB: The puppy follows with its tail up and gets in your path or between your legs.
B: The puppy follows with its tail down.
BO: The puppy follows but with uncertainty.
O: The puppy does not follow or wanders away.
Test Number 2
A: The puppy takes the paper and runs off.
AB: The puppy runs to the paper and sniffs it but does not pick it up.
B: The puppy runs to the paper and brings it back.
BO: The puppy runs to the paper, picks it up, and waits for you to move.
O: The puppy ignores the paper or wanders off.
Test Number 3
A: The puppy struggles, growls, and bites.
AB: The puppy struggles or growls.
B: The puppy struggles for a little while, then settles in and maybe licks your hand.
BO: The puppy struggles minimally and then goes limp.
O: The puppy hangs limp without a struggle and may lick you throughout the ordeal.
Test Number 4
A: The puppy jumps on you, bites, or growls.
AB: The puppy jumps on you or paws your hand.
B: The puppy squirms or licks your hand.
BO: The puppy rolls over.
O: The puppy goes away and doesn’t come back. (If this happens, wait 10 to 15 minutes before starting new tests.)
Test Number 5
A: The puppy comes with its tail up and bites at your hands, feet, or leg.
AB: The puppy comes with its tail up and paws your hand.
B: The puppy comes with its tail down and licks your hands.
BO: The puppy comes uncertainly or rolls on its back.
O: The puppy does not come or wanders away.
Test Number 6
A: The puppy vehemently struggles and may bite.
AB: The puppy strongly struggles.
B: The puppy struggles a little while, then settles in.
BO: The puppy struggles minimally and is then submissive.
O: The puppy does not struggle and may lick your hands.
Test Number 7
A: It would be difficult to bond with it.
AB: You are uncertain about bonding with it.
B: You sense you can readily bond with it.
BO: You sense it will be a little too dependent.
O: It will need to be with you constantly because of insecurity.