Puppy Temperament and Personality Tests ( Measuring Puppy’s Stability, Shyness, Friendliness, and More) Temperament tests can measure a puppy’s stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness There are ranges of behaviors, of course, and some pups may be more or less shy or outgoing. Every pup in a litter is different, and where you find your puppy also impacts behavior. You can start testing puppies as early as 7 weeks old, but, if you can test puppies as late as possible—at 3 to 4 months—your tests may be more accurate. You can perform these simple puppy assessments for puppies over age 7 weeks. Test No. 1 for independent-mindedness: Cradle the puppy on its back like a baby, place a hand gently on its chest and look directly in its eyes. Pups that accept this handling are considered biddable, while those that resist are more likely to be independent-minded. Test No. 2 for independent-mindedness: Hold pup suspended under its armpits with hind legs dangling, while looking directly in its eyes. Those pups that submit are said to have a low score for willfulness, while those that struggle may want to do things their own way. Those pups that submit are said to have a low score for willfulness, while those that struggle may want to do things their own way. People-friendly test: See how pup reacts to a stranger entering the room—or to being left alone in the room. Super needy: The dog whined and ignored toys when the person left and clung to the person when present. This may suggest over attachment issues that can be predictive of future separation anxiety. This may suggest over attachment issues that can be predictive of future separation anxiety. People-friendly test: See how pup reacts to a stranger entering the room—or to being left alone in the room. People-friendly test: See how pup reacts to a stranger entering the room—or to being left alone in the room. Noise sensitivity test: Drop keys or a tin pan ( beating a empty water bottle ) to test the dog for noise sensitivity. Sound sensitivity in puppies is a strong emotional or physical response to a sudden or loud sound within the environment. As you may know, for centuries, the Rottweilers’ main job was that of a cattle herding dog. Although the Rottweiler has had no need to perform these tasks for many generations, it is still hardwired into their genes. Many Rottweilers have a high “prey drive” which is simply the desire to chase moving objects. Sometimes this is also referred to as “high ball drive” or just “high drive.” When you have a pup or dog with higher drive, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE A GREATER DESIRE TO CATCH/CHASE small animals, HOWEVER, if they are not trained and socialized it can lead to this habit. They do not “hate” cats, squirrels, etc. but rather see them as great fun. By socializing your pup at a young age with small dogs, cats, and any other small animal you have access to, you also teach the dog that these are other members of the pack and not toys. Another necessary trait was the ability to herd which was accomplished by “bumping” into the ones that got away, or herding them to a desired location. For some Rottweilers more than others these character traits are stronger and must be corrected in order for them to be safe and gentle with small children or the elderly. A Rottweiler puppy must be taught proper etiquette from the beginning.