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Another breeding requirement for Caucasian Shepherds is passing a series of psychological tests. These tests check the behaviour of the dog in the presence of people and other animals, responses to unusual situations, sounds of shots as well as its mental resistance. The dog passes the test if it reacts properly in at least 4 out of 5 situations described below. The appropriate information is included in the pedigree certificate.

1. Behaviour towards people

Dog is walked on a leash among a group of people moving quietly (the group consists of at least 5-6 people moving in an area of 10x10 m).The guide stops in front of a stranger, shakes his hand, talks, walks alongside him, and then instructs the dog to withstand a quiet touch from the stranger.
The test is passed if the dog does not show any signs of aggression or fear.

2. Response to unusual situations

The guide walks the dog on a loose leash, while a person running in a perpendicular direction passes them at a 10-meter distance, not irritating the dog or attracting its attention. The test is passed if the dog's behaviour shows either indifference or passive interest in the runner, which means it neither chases him nor starts acting aggressively. Aggressive behaviour or a chase disqualifies the dog. During the test the guide can talk to the dog and mould its behaviour.

3. Response to other animals

The guide walks the dog on a leash towards a well-trained, calm dog of the same sex also being walked on a leash; They walk approx. 20 meters with their owners, in a distance of not more than 3 meters, and then assume a sitting position next to their owners for 1 minute. The test is passed if the dog either behaves indifferently or shows some interest, but is ultimately tamed by the guide. Aggressive behaviour results in disqualification.

4. Response to a sound of shot

Shot from a pop-gun is fired at a distance of 30 meters from the dog being walked on a leash. The test is passed if the dog does not show signs of fear.

5. Mental resistance

The guide walks the dog on a loose leash no further than 5 meters from a flagpole (height – 1 m). A 10-meter rope attached to the pole is held by an assistant. When the dog passes the pole, the assistant pulls the rope and overturns it. The dog may reveal signs of anxiety or bounce back, but after a while it should approach the lying flag. The guide can encourage the dog and be the first one to approach the flag, but the dog cannot be pulled.