The OPT (Puppy Test) consist of 12 exercises. Each is graded according to the behaviors of the puppy. The highest score for OPT is 36 and the lowest score is 12. On each exercise the puppy is observed for aggressive or submissive behavior; the maximum combined score for aggressive and submissive behavior is 12.
The chart below is the OPT score for Daphne from Hope's first litter.
An OPT chart is provided to each new owner in their puppy packet.
On the chart above the color green represents positive behaviors and red represents puppies that will be a challenge to train and socialize. High scores for obedience and low scores for aggressive and submissive behaviors are good and are shown in green. However, a puppy with a few aggressive points will be very confident and flashy in the show or obedience ring.
In addition, a Kerry Blue Terrier should exhibit some aggressive points to demonstrate their terrier spirit and temperament. Puppies that have high aggressive points (score 8 or more aggressive points) will be placed in an environment that can help the puppy reach its full potential.
The ideal all around Kerry Blue Terrier puppy that easily adjusts to most companion homes will have high obedience marks and/or low aggressive and submissive marks. At Diana's Kerries, we call this the "Socialization and Obedience Sweet Spot." This is our target and objective. These puppies score 29 or more in Obedience and 8 or less in Aggressiveness and/or Submissiveness on the Puppy Test.
We use the OPT (Puppy Test) to measure the personality of the individual puppy and litter. The information is used to track and measure the effectiveness of our socialization regimen and as an indicator of any genetic personality traits passed on from the parents. The information helps us with our Kerry Blue Terrier breeding program and place puppies in the right homes.
- Diana Thompson
This page last updated on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
An important part of our comprehensive rearing and socialization regimen is testing and tracking the personalities of our puppies and litters. -Diana Thompson
Reference: The Obedience Personality Test was adapted from "The Intelligence of Dogs." For a complete reference to the test please read the "The Intelligence of Dogs," pages 194-207, Stanley Coren, Free Press, 1994.