See through dividers to partition space (ie; exercise pens).
Clock with a second hand for timing the test components.
Under-footings taped in place, short end against wall: plastic bread delivery tray, plastic wavy roofing material. You can substitute other items such as a section of exercise pen 30” (76 centimeters)
Passive Items Include:
2 different statues other than a dog – ideally with big eyes and 50-70 cm tall
Stuffed animal on chair
Electric box fan (higher speed flow, quiet if possible), rug runner or tape on the floor to mark where the handler should walk 2 feet from fan. About 24” x 24” (60 cm x 60 cm)
Stuffed bone or Kong- with Kong Paste or similar filling like frozen wet dog food enjoyable to dogs
Sandwich in plastic container with a plastic with holes in top. Sandwich is made fresh on the day of testing.
Loud vacuum cleaner
Metal container (lunch box) or metal tin for cookies with metal items in it
Short table (24″wide x 42″long x 20″ tall) for the dog to jump up on for the exam. Non-slip mat or surface on the top
Guide Dog Harness- various sizes to fit properly. Handle needs to be modified so it will lay down on the dog’s back and also be able to be removed easily or fixed in a position it does not touch the dog’s back
Distraction dog (Non-reactive to other dogs, preferably a small dog, different breed from dogs tested)
Scavenging items placed on floor- three 1” diameter Velcro dots or squares that contrast with the floor color. These are used to mark location 1-3.
Doll- about 2 feet tall example child size Mannequin:
Access to stairs or test after
Woof stick, flirt pole (for chase)
Novel objects: mechanical toy that rolls, mechanical toy that makes noise & moves
garbage can 20” tall – place very smelly item in garbage can (we used paper with bacon grease)
Unusual person suit
Plant in a pot, with 5 drops of urine from a spayed female on each of 2 pieces of paper towel
Flying bat or similar- Amazon sells one. Hang is so it is 6 feet (1.8 meters) from the floor. Best to hang using a fine line such as fishing line that is tied to a hook or a loop of line from the ceiling.
5 24″x24″ rubber mats if using a room with slippery floors. They can be used as follows:
@ the grooming table for lift off and landing
@ the fan event to mark the 2′ area
@ the bat event
@ the flirt pole event (1-2 for the longer run)
Upright solid items to use as a tight space. Height about 1 meter (3 feet), length about 2 meters (6 feet). Place the upright item so the width that you walk through is 21 inches (53 centimeters)
People required: 5 minimum- 6 is better (helpers can be less skilled volunteers)
Handler- should be skilled in dog handling and communicating with dog
Helpers: H 9 tasks – bring in dog to be tested, examine dog, give kong & novel object, bring in distraction dog, speak in megaphone, shake noise can, handle flirt pole, open umbrella
Unusual person- helpful if skilled
Room for conducting the test
Organizations without a suitable room often rent or borrow a room
Room should be unfamiliar to the dog.
Features of the room
Shape- square or rectangle that is not narrow.
Size- can vary from 25 to 30 feet (7.6 to 10 meters) long and 20 x 30 feet (6 to 10 meters) wide. Some organizations have used even smaller spaces with success
Example of unusual spaces- Horse barn with a very wide center walkway
15 x 20 room
Low distraction – no people or dog traffic moving through the room or visible outside the room during the test
Ideally a door the unusual person can knock on and enter the space
Ideally no carpet on the floor
Electrical outlets to plug in the vacuum
Space for the videographer, loose dog to walk by and for observers to sit and score the dogs