Search Knowledge Base by Keyword

> 18 – Activated when exposed to potentially stressful situations

18. Activated when exposed to potentially stressful situations

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Copes with stress poorly, evidenced by becoming more active such as faster movements, taking treats harder, more distracted or other displacement behaviors to release emotional energy
  • No evidence of animated behavior when exposed to potentially stressful situations
  • In a few isolated instances, becomes very mildly animated in response to stress
  • Signs may include:
    1. very mild increase in body movements
    2. very mild tongue flicking
    3. short periods of scavenging
    4. sniffing
    5. does not interfere with its ability to work or continue responding to handler
  • Recovers very quickly with encouragement and/or allowing a short time to process
  • Occasionally becomes mildly animated in response to stress
  • Signs may include:
    1. mild increase in body movements
    2. mild tongue flicking
    3. rare shaking of the head and/or scratching the body
    4. mild panting
    5. repeated scavenging or attempts to scavenge
    6. does not interfere with its ability to work or continue responding to handler
  • Recovers reasonably quickly with encouragement or allowing time to process
  • Becomes moderately animated in response to stress
  • Signs may include:
    1. moderate increase in body movements
    2. some jerky body movements
    3. running into things or showing less control of the body
    4. moderate tongue flicking
    5. occasional shaking of the head and/or scratching the body
    6. moderate panting
    7. repeated scavenging or attempts to scavenge
    8. may interfere with ability to work
  • May not be able to continue responding to handler despite support and encouragement and/or allowing a short time to process
  • Becomes hyper-animated in response to stress
  • Signs may include:
    1. severe increase in body movements
    2. very jerky body movements
    3. running into things or showing more frequent poor control of the body
    4. very frequent tongue flicking
    5. frequent shaking of the head and/or scratching the body
    6. severe or prolonged
    7. repeated scavenging or attempts to scavenge
    8. inability to respond to handler
  • Dog is unable to work or continue responding to handler despite support and encouragement and/or allowing a short time to process
Video Examples
GDBart Adult Dog Test
Walk & Talks
Puppy Test